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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.