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San Jose Mercury News, CA | Dec 15, 2008

A fractured fibula, two broken ribs, a concussion, some nasty road rash — and no recollection of exactly how it all happened. This was the situation Gaylia Osterlund found herself in after a violent crash during the bike leg of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October 2007.

CBS Sports | Dec 15, 2008

Given the affinity for Mixed Martial Arts exhibited by armed forces members, holding a fundraiser to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund seemed like a no-brainer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).The UFC mission on the night of the event was twofold: raise money to help build a trauma and recovery center for veterans suffering from severe brain injuries, and provide a few hours of entertainment for US soldiers on active duty at Fort Bragg, many of whom have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brain Injury Association of Canada | Dec 15, 2008

The Brain Injury Association of Canada salutes a recent policy requiring all of BC Hockey’s minor hockey coaches and on-ice personnel to wear a Canadian Standards Association approved helmet during all BC Hockey sanctioned events.

Runners Web | Dec 15, 2008

This past November, two young men recovering from TBI reached their goal of crossing the New York City Marathon finish line. Participation in the race was part of their recovery program at The Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at NYU's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, celebrating its 30th Anniversary of helping trainees reach their goals and improve quality of life.

El Paso Times | Dec 15, 2008

The view from the front entrance of Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation is stunning. Not 30 feet away, a towering wall of jagged, craggy rock juts from the southern tip of the Franklin Mountains. The patients on the other side of that door face an even bigger climb. They are stroke sufferers and crime victims, war veterans, and car-crash survivors. To some degree or another, they have trouble walking, talking, and interacting with others.

The Chronicle Herald, Canada | Dec 15, 2008

A documentary takes an intimate look into Capt. Trevor Greene’s courageous recovery from an horrific axe attack in Afghanistan.

Global Security | Dec 8, 2008

A new National Guard database could improve long-term medical treatment for servicemembers in all branches, and boost research into traumatic brain injury and other health issues.

Medill Reports, Washington, DC | Dec 8, 2008

Chances are you don’t remember where you were on October 20, 2005. Army Sgt. Brian Pearce knows where he was, but he can’t remember anything about it. That Tuesday, Pearce was struck by a roadside bomb.

WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, TN | Dec 8, 2008

Saul Raisin a brain injury survivor says "Looking back 2 1/2 years ago I was in a hospital bed, I couldn't move the left side of my body, I couldn't feel myself from here down." The doctors had prepared Saul's parents for the worse after a cycling accident in France.

Science Alert, Australia and New Zealand | Dec 8, 2008

Many people in regional Australia struggle to cope and to do the things they want to do following brain injury, according to a major research study from Charles Sturt University and the South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, part of the NSW Greater Southern Area Health Service.

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN | Dec 8, 2008

A long-awaited government report is calling on the military to test all new recruits for cognitive skills and then do large-scale studies of returning combat veterans to better evaluate and respond to traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the Iraq war

NWA News, Northwest Arkansas | Dec 8, 2008

Imagine a giant puzzle, one that took 37 years to complete. Now picture that puzzle struck by a lightning bolt, the pieces scattered and singed within a flash. Welcome to the life of Debbie Whicker.

Naples Daily News | Dec 8, 2008

The cause can be as simple as a loose extension cord on the floor, clutter near a high traffic hallway, or poor lighting. But the effect can be tragic for a senior — a fall that turns deadly.

KSEE 24 News, Fresno | Dec 1, 2008

Part 1 of this series showed what doctors must do immediately following a traumatic brain injury to provide the best chances for recovery. Part 2 introduces viewers to the people who are continuing to recover, even years after their brain injury.

KSEE 24 News, Fresno | Dec 1, 2008

A life-changing injury can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury know it can be devastating, to the patients and their family members.

San Antonio Express News | Dec 1, 2008

A video of the explosion showed grass flattening under the force of an invisible shock wave, swelling in advance of the fireball that scorched the crash-test dummy. That same shock wave rolls up inside a soldier's helmet, which actually may focus the wave's force and increase the risk of brain injury.

Utica Observer-Dispatch | Dec 1, 2008

It was a July afternoon when Corey Roberts, done with summer school for the day, decided to skateboard with friends near the intersection of Erie Street and Kellogg Avenue. But as Roberts, on his way to see a friend, approached the intersection, he lost control of his board and collided with an oncoming car.

Wichita Eagle | Dec 1, 2008

Track coach Pat Becher knew immediately when he saw Chase Kear that something was wrong. In 24 years of coaching, the head coach at Hutchinson Community College had never witnessed anything like what was happening on the turf in front of him.

Keizert Times | Dec 1, 2008

Forget stopwatches. Athletes at McNary High School are undergoing a different type of testing. Winter athletes are sitting behind a computer for up to 25 minutes to answer questions and test reflexes that determine baselines in how different parts of their brain functions normally. Later, if the student suffers a concussion, baseline comparisons are used to determine extent of any head injury.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 1, 2008

Dr. Ross Fletcher, chief of staff of the VA Medical Center in Washington DC, asked a recent patient, a war veteran, how many times he had been exposed to the blast of an improvised explosive device. Answer: about 11. To review the veteran’s medical history, Fletcher didn’t need to consult a bulky file of paper documents.  On his computer screen was VA’s medical record system and the display for this patient showed a small blue flag in the upper right corner with the words “Remote Data Available.”

Associated Press | Dec 1, 2008

Some 15,000 soldiers are heading home to this sprawling base after spending more than a year at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military health officials are bracing for a surge in brain injuries and psychological problems among those troops.

Palm Beach Post | Dec 1, 2008

Daniel O'Neal slides sideways into his seat in classroom TL 104 at Palm Beach Community College: sunglasses hooked in the collar of his Tommy Hilfiger shirt, three-ring binder with the words "Keys to Success" on the spine, and a half-dollar-size spot on the back of his head where more scalp shows than hair. That's where the roadside bomb got him.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 1, 2008

Soldiers deploying from Europe will now be required to take a cognition test that establishes a baseline measurement in case they experience a traumatic brain injury while deployed.

National Defense magazine | Nov 24, 2008

Sitting in a chair with goggles strapped on, the subject peered out into a virtual battle zone. He was driving down a dusty Iraqi highway. It was dusk. There was one humvee ahead and a fellow Marine riding shotgun next to him. Virtual Iraq, developed at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, is one of two programs being used by the U.S. military to help victims overcome the sometimes debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder.

Army Times | Nov 24, 2008

Spc. Glenn Barker is trying to recover after suffering a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq, the death of his 15-year-old son earlier this year, and flood damage that left his home uninhabitable. | Nov 24, 2008

On first glance, Jared Goodman and Jonathan Wang seem more the high school honor athletes they are than veteran scientists who have spent several years in the laboratory coming up with a way to treat someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The Camp Pendleton Scout | Nov 24, 2008

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s new Neurotrauma Center focuses on the tracking and treatment of marines and sailors who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

CBC.CA | Nov 24, 2008

Professional sports players are often viewed as overpaid and under-worked. But after the glory is gone, little is reported about the physical toll the game takes. the fifth estate investigates why professional football players have a life expectancy that is at least 20 years less than that of the general population. Read article and watch video special.

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington | Nov 24, 2008

A mild traumatic brain injury can be frustrating. Patients often look normal but can have a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, and memory loss.  Concussive blasts from roadside bombs have made mild TBI the signature injury of the Iraq war. And officials at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis showed two new techniques Wednesday to help patients deal with the injuries.

The Bakersfield Californian | Nov 24, 2008

The gunshot wound to her arm is now a scar. From the outside, the injuries she suffered when her Army convoy came under attack in Iraq in 2005 seem to be healed. But inside, it's a different story.

MedGadget | Nov 24, 2008

The MIT Technology Review is profiling three new imaging modalities that can help physicians diagnose mild brain damage that is typically invisible to standard CT and MRI scans.

Science Daily | Nov 24, 2008

People who have lost the ability to interpret emotion after a severe brain injury can regain this vital social skill by being re-educated to read body language, facial expressions, and voice tone in others, according to a new study.

The Muskegon Chronicle | Nov 17, 2008

On Nov. 25, 2006, U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Carten of Muskegon single-handedly held off the Iraqi enemy in one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods, allowing his comrades to successfully rescue a wounded American soldier.

News Virginian | Nov 17, 2008

With Virginia already eighth in the nation in the number of veterans living here, the commonwealth can expect that number to increase by more than 50,000 in the next 20 years, according to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.

McGill Daily, Montreal | Nov 17, 2008

More than half of the homeless population has suffered traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, and approximately 70 percent of these injuries occurred before the incidence of homelessness, according to a new Toronto-based study.

The New York Times | Nov 17, 2008

Deuce is a chocolate Labrador retriever who knows exactly which patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington give the best treats, said his owner, Harvey Naranjo. Both he and Deuce are part of the Military Advanced Training Center, a department at Walter Reed that cares for severely disabled veterans.

The New York Times | Nov 17, 2008

As the number of people with severe disabilities, debilitating chronic diseases, and terminal illnesses grows, concern about their care has focused primarily on long-term care facilities, nursing homes, home health aides, and hospices. Relatively little official attention has been paid to those who provide the overwhelming bulk of services for people, both young and old, who are unable to care for themselves.

ABC News | Nov 17, 2008

Bob Woodruff reports on America's Heroes at Work, a new program that addresses the challenges of returning veterans.

US Air Force | Nov 17, 2008

The 3rd Medical Group on Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base currently houses the Air Force's only Traumatic Brain Injury Center where they've seen and treated more than 1,500 patients and typically see more patients than the average practitioner.

Today Show, MSNBC | Nov 17, 2008

I remember the first time I met Patrick and Vanessa Donohue. It was the summer of 2005. I was working at a television station in New York City, and my managing editor said, "We have a shaken baby. A newborn. Looks like the baby sitter. Go check it out."

The Canadian Press | Nov 17, 2008

The Canadian Forces are not tracking how many of their soldiers are suffering from service-related hearing loss and traumatic brain trauma, two of the so-called signature injuries of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike the British and American militaries, which have better means of tracking conditions affecting their troops, the Canadian Forces have yet to implement computerized programs that can digitally compile information and point to any trends for certain injuries.

USA Today | Nov 17, 2008

Scientists are coming up with new ways to detect mild traumatic brain injury and treat it, according to research presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC

MIT Technology Review | Nov 17, 2008

Developing new treatments for brain injury has been notoriously difficult. Perhaps, new research suggests, scientists have been targeting the wrong kind of brain cells. Two studies presented Sunday at the Society for Neurosciences conference in Washington, DC, show that astroglial cells, a type of brain cell traditionally thought to support neurons, may provide an important target for new therapies.

Psychiatric Times | Nov 10, 2008

Our returning military veterans remind us dramatically of the importance to consider traumatic brain injury as a potential comorbid illness in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder. The common causes of comorbid TBI and PTSD are assault and battery to the head, head trauma (personal or work-related injuries), civilian or military explosions, inflicted head trauma in children, motor vehicle accidents, and suicide attempts by jumping. Prevalence figures for comorbid TBI and PTSD historically have been lacking. This article discusses the association between TBI and PTSD with a review of the possible mechanisms that link TBI and PTSD. Strategies for assessing and treating PTSD are also provided.

The Plain Dealer/ | Nov 10, 2008

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has the potential to complicate any study of traumatic brain injury because of the difficulty of teasing apart the symptoms of the two.

The Plain Dealer/ | Nov 10, 2008

Many soldiers, thanks largely to improvements in body armor, are able to stand up and dust themselves off after a roadside bomb explodes. Though they may seem unscathed, researchers are finding that many soldiers suffer a mild traumatic brain injury from the force of the blast, and if their brains don't get time to recover, the next explosion will be much harder to walk away from.

Chico News & Review | Nov 10, 2008

Terry McGowan is an intelligent, capable man with the vocabulary of a college professor. Listening to him talk, you’d never know he has dealt with traumatic brain injury since he was 9 months old.

Medical Laboratory World | Nov 10, 2008

A computer researcher at the University of Portsmouth (England) has invented a groundbreaking system that could offer hope to brain injury patients who have been left unable to communicate.

Health Central | Nov 10, 2008

Very young children who sustain a head injury may be more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder later, researchers report. The head injury is not a cause of ADHD, but rather a result of excessive risk-taking, according to the paper published in the Nov. 8 online edition of the British Medical Journal. | Nov 10, 2008

The Defense Department is investigating new treatments as part of a focused, sustained campaign to assist wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Air Force Link | Nov 10, 2008

The San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Center and the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine received funding to study the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

The same drug that gives cheating cyclists an unfair advantage will be used in Melbourne hospitals in a world-first attempt to save people who have been in accident or who have been assaulted from severe brain damage.

Sports Illustrated | Nov 10, 2008

There were two moments of pin-drop silence on a recent Saturday afternoon at Ridgewood (N.J.) High's football field. The first was when several hundred heads bowed in memory of Ryne Dougherty, a junior Montclair linebacker who died recently; he had suffered a brain hemorrhage while making a tackle in a JV game, less than a month after suffering a concussion in practice. The second came when senior quarterback Luke Iovine had scrambled toward the right sideline as a wave of Ridgewood defenders washed over him, one of them putting a helmet right on his. Iovine lay motionless on the grass, a faint streak of maroon paint splashed across his white helmet.

The Hartford Courant | Nov 10, 2008

Occasionally, Teresa Trojanowski thinks about what might have been, about whether her son, T.J., might have played hockey or football, or about when he would have gotten his driving license or had a first date. But those hopes for a normal life for her son barely had time to root before T.J. was profoundly injured at 28 days old, with 85 percent of his brain damaged. The cause? He was severely shaken as an infant by his father.

Star Bulletin, Honolulu | Nov 10, 2008

A scenic Big Island drive 31/2 years ago ended tragically for a Washington couple when they rounded a bend on Kawaihae Road to find a drunken driver coming at them in their lane. Dr. Wade Justice, a neuroradiologist, is still fighting his way back to a normal life after near-fatal injuries.

Gaston Gazette, North Carolina | Nov 10, 2008

East Gaston senior linebacker Chris Williams returned home this week after a serious head injury. Three other football players in North Carolina weren't as fortunate.

The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA | Nov 10, 2008

Bret DiFrancesco bears unseen scars of war. “I don’t sleep much anymore,” the specialist stationed at Fort Lewis said. “Just a couple of hours if I’m lucky.” DiFrancesco, 29, also is recovering from an injury that disrupted his sense of balance. At the worst point of his injury, jogging led to motion sickness and staircases became nightmares.

The New York Times | Nov 10, 2008

Kevin Blanchard's freshman year at George Washington University was unlike anybody else’s on campus. Crowded classrooms routinely sent him into a panic. Cubicles triggered tunnel vision. He felt alienated from the 18-year-olds around him and their antics. His leg throbbed as he wandered the campus, trying to remember where to go. His concentration whipsawed and the words he read in textbooks slipped easily from his memory, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

Police are still hunting for thugs who gate-crashed a Halloween party and "king-hit" a teenager, who later died from a serious brain injury.

USA Today | Oct 28, 2008

Post-traumatic stress disorder, once a poorly understood and little-known mental health problem, is turning up on the public's radar a lot more as growing numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seek treatment for the illness.

The Ledger-Enquirer | Oct 28, 2008

Marshall Dial sits at the picnic table and slides packages of chocolate wafers and licorice sticks to his friend, a fellow Iraq war veteran. “They didn’t have MoonPies,” Dial says. His friend looks at the packages without expression. He doesn’t open them. He and Dial both have traumatic brain injuries caused by roadside bombs, and both suffer post-traumatic stress.

The London Free Press | Oct 28, 2008

Repeated kicks to the head changed the life of Jamie Fairles in 2005. The 28-year-old University of Western Ontario graduate dreamed of a career in the film business -- or perhaps teaching -- before he was brutally assaulted. The incident lasted a few minutes, but left Fairles with a lifetime of consequences.

The Seattle Times | Oct 28, 2008

CindyLou Romberg, of Port Angeles, suffers from a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her sound like she has a European accent. She'll be featured in an episode of the Discovery Health Channel's "Mystery ER" show.

San Francisco Business Times | Oct 22, 2008

A national research group based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and headed by a UC San Francisco faculty member has won a $6 million biomedical technology grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to improve equipment used to diagnose and track neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and traumatic brain injuries.

EmaxHealth | Oct 22, 2008

Three-and-a-half years ago, Wade Justice, a radiologist and leader in the medical community, suffered a TBI when he was hit by a drunk driver. He was told he would never practice medicine again, but later became a teacher. "I always felt I had an inclination for teaching but never had the time to pursue it. It's like I've been picked up from the ashes like a phoenix and been reborn," he said.

The Capistrano Dispatch | Oct 22, 2008

When Shelley Brose toured her son's soon-to-be college, she thought the skateboard-friendly campus was a plus. Now, a year later, she's thinking the opposite. Her son, Nick, fell while skating down a ramp on campus. He wasn't wearing a helmet and he hit his head. He suffered two skull fractures and was airlifted to the hospital.

ABC | Oct 22, 2008

A gregarious shell fisherman in the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, MA, hitched a ride with a friend after a town parade, but chose to do so by hanging on to the back of the friend's pickup truck on his skateboard. After losing control of the skateboard, the then 26-year-old flew into the air and landed directly on the left side of his head, an accident which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

The New York Times | Oct 22, 2008

A Montclair (NJ) High School football player who died Wednesday told a teammate that he still had postconcussion symptoms after he was cleared by doctors to return to play.

The Charlotte Observer | Oct 22, 2008

For people with brain injuries, Hinds' Feet Farm in Huntsville, NC, offers a safe, holistic haven.

The Tribune-Democrat | Oct 22, 2008

Combining two Johnstown, PA, programs for treating wounded veterans will allow expanded services in a seamless continuum of care, leaders say. "This is significant because we can provide more services for those from mild to severe traumatic brain injury," said Dr. George Zitnay of Westmont, co-founder of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers.

San Antonio Express-News | Oct 22, 2008

Less than three years after suffering a serious brain injury while covering the war in Iraq, ABC newsman Bob Woodruff and his journalist wife, Lee, recently brought a poignant story of suffering and recovery to San Antonio.

Stars and Stripes | Oct 22, 2008

Nearly four years after Tammy Duckworth lost her legs in Iraq, she is breaking new ground in her role as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She has started a program that helps veterans and service members get help for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting | Oct 22, 2008

The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute in Morgantown, WV, dedicated a $30M research facility on Friday, October 17. The building can ultimately support 125 scientists working on treatments for Alzheimer's, stroke, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance addictions, and rejuvenation of the aging brain.

The Mercury News, Silicon Valley | Oct 14, 2008

Former 49er, Ben Lynch knows that when people hear that he's donated his brain, it opens some eyes. His goal is to help scientists learn more about mild traumatic brain injury and help athletes manage their own brain injuries.

Ottawa Citizen | Oct 14, 2008

Doctors gave downhill ski racer Dave Irwin an 11 percent chance of survival, but he beat those odds and wants to help others avoid a crash like his.

WCTV, Tallahassee, FL | Oct 14, 2008

Preliminary results reveal as many as 70 percent of severely wounded soldiers treated for traumatic brain injuries also complain of double vision, difficulties reading, and blindness.

Canadian Broadcasting Centre News | Oct 14, 2008

More than half of the people who are homeless in Toronto are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, according to a new study that suggests early diagnosis and treatment may help stem the number of homeless people in major cities.

Deseret News, Utah | Oct 14, 2008

Trevor McCauley was just a little boy walking by a horse corral when his life changed. The horse, 17 hands high, had already kicked over the top of some fencing when it landed a hoof against the 10-year-old's skull.

Orlando Business Journal | Oct 14, 2008

Orlando Health was awarded a $2.25 million grant from The National Institutes of Health to study traumatic brain injury, with a goal of devising a blood test to detect biomarkers -- substances released from the brain after it has been damaged. These biomarkers could potentially indicate the seriousness of a head injury.

Army Times | Oct 14, 2008

In response to a recent report that found hundreds of thousands of combat veterans living with undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill providing screening and mental health care for California war veterans.

The Leaf Chronicle | Oct 14, 2008

Each of the projected 12,500 soldiers from Fort Campbell returning in the next few months from a 15-month deployment will go through a post-deployment health assessment aimed at identifying physical and psychological injuries that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The Indy Star | Oct 14, 2008

A hearing officer appointed by the Department of Education ruled Monday that Michael Berns, who has a traumatic brain injury, doesn't need both sessions of kindergarten, though the boy's neuropsychologist says he does. His parents plan to appeal the court ruling.

New Jersey Star-Ledger | Oct 14, 2008

A Paterson, New Jersey, hospital is hosting a meeting to discuss the latest techniques in the treatment of brain injuries and to come up with a formal proposal to Congress on what more must be done to treat the estimated 320,000 troops who have suffered brain injuries of varying degrees.

Technology Review, MIT | Oct 14, 2008

Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier's helmet to help diagnose brain injury.

Bay City News Service | Oct 6, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced his signature on eight bills last Tuesday that extend services and expand care for California veterans and National Guardsmen.

MarketWatch | Oct 6, 2008

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 24 million veterans currently living in the United States. With a significant number of these individuals suffering from physical or psychological disabilities, a newly launched organization is offering recreational fishing retreats to wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers to assist them in their healing process.

The Cincinnati Enquirer | Oct 6, 2008

Researchers at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati will lead a nearly $2 million research project looking at how traumatic brain injuries spread. The study is funded by the Department of Defense.

Stars and Stripes | Oct 6, 2008

Approximately 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them.

The Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand | Oct 6, 2008

After a severe traumatic brain injury, one young woman from New Zealand realized that hopping on the back of a motorcycle without a helmet is something no one should ever do.

The Los Angeles Times | Oct 6, 2008

A 12-bedroom facility -- the second of its kind -- allows family members to stay close to loved ones who are being treated at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, many for traumatic brain injuries.

The Boston Globe | Oct 6, 2008

More schools in Massachusetts and other states are instituting mental agility tests which help gauge whether an athlete has recovered from a concussion.

Medical News Today | Sep 30, 2008

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered a new way to limit inflammation caused by the activation of microglia -- key immune cells in the brain. Although the role of such cells is to "clean up damage" after injury, they often worsen the damage by releasing toxic inflammatory factors.

The New York Times | Sep 30, 2008

This week's "Modern Love" column features a woman who talks about her life after her 79-year-old husband fell nine feet from their sleeping loft and sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Sarasota Herald Tribune | Sep 30, 2008

The federal government has increased funding for treatment and research of traumatic brain injury and, last week, announced an increase in disability benefits for veterans with such injuries.

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University | Sep 24, 2008

A college student chooses speech-language pathology as a career because of the speech therapy she received while recovering from a severe traumatic brain injury.

Erie Times News | Sep 24, 2008

In Pennsylvania, an increasing number of motorcycle riders are suffering serious and even fatal brain injuries since, in 2003, the state stopped requiring them to wear protective helmets.

USA Today | Sep 24, 2008

The government plans to substantially increase disability benefits for veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries, acknowledging for the first time that veterans suffering from this less severe version of the Iraq war's signature wound will struggle to make a living

The New York Times | Sep 24, 2008

NFL players are lionized every Sunday for giving their bodies to the sport. Now, some retired players are planning to literally give their brains to a new center at Boston University's School of Medicine devoted to studying the long-term effects of concussion.

The New York Times | Sep 15, 2008

Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it. | Sep 15, 2008

With as many as 20% of combat soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan having experienced a traumatic brain injury and as many as 20% of veterans from the current Iraq war suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the military has decided to train more psychiatric nurse practitioners.