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WISC-TV | Nov 23, 2015

"The most important gift that people who have had this injury get is to know that we are not alone,” says Chris Loeffler, a current brain injury patient University Hospital in the Neurosciences ICU unit.The hospital has become the first in the Midwest to create a Brain Injury Peer Visitor program that brings together former brain injury patients with those currently being treated.

Yahoo! Sports | Nov 23, 2015

Former players appealing the NFL's $1 billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries asked a court on Thursday to reject the settlement because it excludes what they call the signature brain disease of football -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Forbes | Nov 23, 2015

Soccer has flown under the concussion radar until fairly recently.  That lack of notice for soccer will change now, because earlier this month the United States Soccer Federation settled a potential class action lawsuit. The settlement provides much more protection than previously existed regarding heading the ball for children under the age of 14, who are particularly vulnerable to concussions from heading.

Fox News | Nov 18, 2015

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 640,537 (or roughly 23.7 of post-9/11 deployers) have been diagnosed with some form of mental health issue. More than 322,000 have TBI, but it’s believed many more cases haven’t been treated. Many will need care for years to come, while many others go undiagnosed due to the stigma and the shame of carrying these hidden wounds. Fortunately there are many organizations addressing these needs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been proud to support, like One Mind, which is led by retired Army General Peter Chiarelli.

NBC News | Nov 18, 2015

A Maryland teenager may have turned one of the most difficult challenges of his life into a way to help other young athletes detect and recover from traumatic brain injuries. Eric Solender, 17, is developing a test that can help detect concussion symptoms using a popular video gaming platform. His path to this project began with a scary night at basketball practice several years ago.

CNBC | Nov 17, 2015

While on a family vacation in Paris this summer, 14-year-old Katie fell off a Segway, hitting her head. Almost three weeks later, her mother brought Katie in as a volunteer to help her friend's company, RightEye, test its new eye-tracking software, Neuro Vision. To Rothstein's surprise, the test indicated that Katie was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

The Des Moines Register | Nov 17, 2015

During a discussion of American foreign policy and military involvement in the Middle East, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders turned the discussion to the care provided to American veterans with a startling statistic: 500,000 returned service members have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. “When you talk about the long-term consequences of war, let's talk about the men and women who came home from war,” Sanders said. “The 500,000 who came home with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. And I would hope that in the midst of all of this discussion, this country makes certain that we do not turn our backs on the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us.”

The Daily Herald | Nov 17, 2015

Zackery Lystedt suffered something he now crusades to prevent – traumatic brain injuries to athletes who resume playing before their concussions fully heal. Called second-impact syndrome, it is a rare-but-devastating brain injury. Experts say young athletes, whose brains are still developing, suffer the most from second-impact syndrome.

Military Times | Nov 12, 2015

A new nonprofit organization is seeking to cut the time it takes for brain injury and post-traumatic stress research to transform into treatments for those life-altering conditions. Cohen Veterans Bioscience, with offices in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes to facilitate development and production of diagnostic tests for traumatic brain injury and PTS as well as treatments and cures.

University of Wisconsin-Madison News | Nov 12, 2015

Ann McKee has made national headlines with her research linking football and other sports to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). She recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to talk to sports medicine staff and to give a well-attended Grand Rounds in Neurology titled, “Football, boxing and the brain.” Here are some highlights of the conversation.

The New York Times | Nov 10, 2015

The United States Soccer Federation unveiled a series of safety initiatives Monday aimed at addressing head injuries in the sport, including a policy that sets strict limits on youth players heading the ball. The new guidelines, which resolve a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against U.S. Soccer and others last year, will prohibit players age 10 and younger from heading the ball and will reduce headers in practice for those from age 11 to 13.

Military.com | Nov 10, 2015

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants an investigation into reports the Army discharged more than 22,000 soldiers who had post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury for alleged "misconduct" after they returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

University of Wisconsin-Madison News | Nov 10, 2015

A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists shows how stress chemicals reshape the brains of rodents, research that could lead to better treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder. "This is exciting because rodent brains and human brains are wired the same way; new medications for PTSD can be identified by understanding which brain chemicals are mediating trauma effects" says Vaishali Bakshi, associate professor of psychiatry in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Center for Brain Health | Nov 9, 2015

New research has identified a potential brain-based biomarker for depressive symptoms in people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury ("ªTBI"¬). The study that published in Frontiers in Neurology Neurotrauma found that individuals with traumatic brain injury and depression exhibit increased brain connectivity between multiple regions and sub-networks of the brain and the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotional processing, compared to people with minimal depressive symptoms.

Military.com | Nov 4, 2015

More than 75 percent of wounded veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the latest annual survey sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. "Our annual survey shows that this generation of injured veterans continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of war, including "ª#PTSD"¬ and "ª‎TBI"¬ [traumatic brain injury], and the challenges are not getting better with time," says Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for Wounded Warrior Project

The Washington Post | Nov 4, 2015

A new study showing the potential for children in rear-facing car seats to hit their heads during rear-end crashes worries some safety experts, who say they’re concerned it will wrongly discourage parents from keeping children in the safest rear-facing position.

The Mix | Nov 4, 2015

The BRAVE Initiative is a Department of Defense sponsored project aimed at improving the motor deficit of veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The three-year UAB College of Arts & Sciences project is examining CI Therapy and another novel rehabilitation technique, Lakeshore Enriched Fitness Training (LEFT).

Military Times | Nov 4, 2015

More than three in four injured veterans surveyed by the Wounded Warrior Project count post-traumatic stress disorder among their service-connected ailments, but getting mental health care continues to be a struggle for them, according to a new report released by the group Wednesday.

The Ledger | Nov 4, 2015

Separate vehicle accidents in 2007-2008 abruptly redirected the paths of two young Polk County men, forcing them to overcome both traumatic brain injury and major physical damage. Time-consuming battles to recover challenged their intellect and their determination, experiences they shared during interviews encouraging others not to give up. “You have to believe you can get better,” Beau Wilt said. “Push hard and don't quit,” Pete Fellner tells others with traumatic brain injuries.

NPR | Nov 3, 2015

The Army has "separated" more than 22,000 soldiers for "misconduct" after they came back from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health problems or "ªTBI"¬. As a result, many of the dismissed soldiers have not received crucial retirement and health care benefits that soldiers receive with an honorable discharge:

The Daily Mirror | Nov 2, 2015

These shocking quotes have been shared by real brain injury victims who have taken steps to make their life normal again. But instead of being given the support they need, they often find that they're being shunted aside. New research shows that employers are ill-informed and under-equipped to support employees with brain injuries in the workplace.

NET News | Oct 29, 2015

For several years, researchers have been studying concussions in high school, collegiate, and professional contacts sports. But much remains unknown about head impact injuries in youth football leagues- typically ranging from ages 8 to 12. But that’s soon about to change. NET News' Ben Bohall spoke with Arthur Maerlender, associate director and director of clinical research at CB3. He’ll soon head neuropsychology testing on a new, five-year study looking at the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries in 9- and 10-year-olds who play youth football.

SB Nation | Oct 29, 2015

After suffering the 5th concussion of his career last Sunday in New England, Chris Owusu may have to make a very difficult decision on his long term future.

The New York Times | Oct 26, 2015

The league is helping to finance research that is investigating whether therapy can speed athletes’ recoveries from concussions. The research will track about 1,000 American high school and college football players, Irish rugby players and Australian rules football players over an undetermined period. The study was one of three announced at the end of meetings among doctors representing the NFL., FIFA, the NCAA and several other sports organizations, as well as the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation.

Sports Illustrated | Oct 26, 2015

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly missed 34 days after suffering a head injury in Week 1 and returned four games later to lead the Panthers in tackles. The Carolina linebacker discusses the aftermath of concussion and the risks of playing.