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The National Law Review | May 2, 2017

Researchers concluded that, in contrast to the prevailing view that most symptoms of concussion are resolved within three months post-injury, approximately 50 percent of individuals with a single mTBI demonstrate long-term cognitive impairment.

WSAW-TV | Apr 27, 2017

Staring in August, about 80,000 Wisconsin student athletes will have concussion insurance. The insurance policy will act as a secondary insurance for students so families don't have to worry about out-of -pocket costs. "Primary will pay their portion and this program is set up to pay for all the gaps. There is zeros deductible with this program, so if there is no primary insurance set in place this will drop down and become primary," said Scott Lunsford, Senior Vice President of K&K Insurance Company.

USA Today | Apr 27, 2017

For everything he accomplished on the race track, and there was plenty, nothing carried as much weight as what Dale Earnhardt Jr. did off of it. By being open and honest about his concussions and the impact they had not just on his racing career but his entire life, Earnhardt broadened the discussion about head trauma. Be it other athletes, his fans or people who just recognized his famous last name, there are countless others who are better because of his struggles.

Reuters | Apr 27, 2017

High school athletes with access to a certified athletic trainer are more knowledgeable about concussions and their consequences, but that doesn’t make them more likely to report a concussion, a U.S. study finds.

Fort Hood Sentinel | Apr 27, 2017

Traumatic brain injuries are hard to diagnose and difficult to treat because of the disease’s symptom diversity that can include anything from depression and anxiety to balance and memory issues. “There are so many forms of comorbidity associated with TBI that it makes for a very complex case presentation,” said Dr. Scott Engle, director of Fort Hood’s Intrepid Spirit Center. Recent data confirms that National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and its programs are making a difference in helping Soldiers manage depression and post-traumatic stress. | Apr 27, 2017

A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The plaintiffs, two Army veterans from Connecticut who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, say in the lawsuit that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges. The lawsuit filed in Connecticut by Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic is seeking class-action status.

Medical News | Apr 26, 2017

Like air-traffic controllers scrambling to reconnect flights when a major hub goes down, the brain has a remarkable ability to rewire itself after suffering an injury. However, maintaining these new connections between brain regions can strain the brain's resources, which can lead to serious problems later, including Alzheimer's Disease, according to researchers.

New Atlas | Apr 26, 2017

Born out of family tragedy, Team Wendy has transitioned from small ski-gear manufacturer to supplier for the Australian and American military. Their next generation of helmets is being designed to better counteract rotational injuries and blast waves.

The Irish Times | Apr 26, 2017

In the United Kingdom, about 50 per cent of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury and the vast majority of these injuries occurred before they became homeless, according to a recent report in The Psychologist.

Medical News | Apr 26, 2017

The brains of men and women are wired differently, and when it comes to traumatic brain injuries, women are more likely to develop subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders, like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Until now, it's been unclear why that is, but a new study by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences provides that missing link - a potentially disrupted pathway in the brain.

PBS NewsHour | Apr 20, 2017

In part three of PBS NewsHour's series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how talks to a neuropathologist who is studying the brains of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries and the possible connection to PTSD.

SB Nation | Apr 19, 2017

There is no consensus among players that faking the concussion protocol is as prolific as some suggest. The one thing most would seem to agree on is that there is motivation to try. The tests used to screen concussions are inexact and need to be interpreted by a qualified medical professional. There is financial incentive for players to try to skew that interpretation and team goals that can encourage lax oversight. In short: The NFL environment is ripe for players to try to fake.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 18, 2017

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers have created a blood test to detect bleeding in the brain that may have resulted from abusive head trauma — sometimes called shaken baby syndrome.

CBS News | Apr 18, 2017

A recent survey shows which sports parents think are safer, but they may be off base, say experts.

USA Today | Apr 12, 2017

In a new study conducted by members of both the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech, researchers studied available head-impact devices and their clinical utility. Among the conclusions were that “head-impact sensors have limited applications to concussion diagnosis but may provide sideline staff with estimates of athlete exposure and real-time data to monitor players.”

NPR | Apr 12, 2017

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., about how concussions have changed the sport, and his driving.

Sporting News | Apr 10, 2017

It's lunchtime and Charlie Garner sits in a restaurant near his home, looking and sounding like a man on top of the world. But, all of the sudden, it becomes horribly obvious all is not right with Garner. He is in the middle of a sentence when his sandwich drops from his hands to his plate for no discernible reason. His hands also fall to the table and don't move. The person with Garner looks at him with no idea what has just happened or how to react.

The Denver Post | Apr 10, 2017

Ryan Miller, who was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, pledged to donate his brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. He doesn't know if he has CTE. There’s no way he can know yet. But he knows he has to talk about it -- finally.

NPR | Apr 5, 2017

There's a Department of Veterans Affairs program to pay family members to be caregivers for disabled veterans. But several caregivers say they're being dropped from the program with no explanation.

NPR | Apr 5, 2017

Some modern shoulder-fired weapons produce blast waves powerful enough to rattle the brain. A $30 million study aims to help the military figure out how much blast exposure, over time, is too much.

Science Daily | Apr 5, 2017

Researchers know that the membranes separating the skull from the brain play a key role in absorbing shock and preventing damage caused during a head impact, but the details remain largely mysterious. New research from a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis takes a closer look at this "suspension system" and the insight it could provide to limit or perhaps prevent TBI.

Smithsonian | Apr 3, 2017

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden think that a helmet called the Strokefinder could quickly diagnose intracranial bleeding.

The Washington Post | Mar 27, 2017

Scientists are examining blood samples for proteins that have been shown to correlate with concussion and other injuries. One of the most intriguing of these proteins, which could help create better tests for traumatic brain injury, is called neurofilament light — or, as it’s known for short, NFL.

Santa Fe New Mexican | Mar 27, 2017

Brain injury survivors, advocates and doctors say countless people still struggle to get treatment and support services after sustaining a brain injury. Across the nation, too few doctors and other medical professionals are trained to diagnose and treat the problem, and private insurers don’t want to cover the high costs of long-term rehabilitation.

CNN | Mar 27, 2017

Yellow and red cards are used to discipline players in rugby and now one international federation is to trial a blue card to safeguard their health. The system -- to be launched by the Australian Rugby Union and effective Saturday across grassroots competitions -- gives the referee full authority to dismiss from the pitch any player showing signs of concussion during a match. | Mar 24, 2017

Advances in brain imaging and other technology have yielded a slew of metrics for measuring head impacts. The Holy Grail is to translate these data into biomarkers for diagnosing and preventing concussions. Researchers are racing to develop sensor systems that measure the forces the head sustains during an impact — with bioengineer David Camarillo among those in the lead.

CBC News | Mar 24, 2017

Following a brain injury, people can lose their ability to see the left side of the world, but with a special set of lenses developed by researchers at Dalhousie University, patients can train their brains to see both sides of the world. Researchers are developing "prism-goggles" to help patients experiencing hemi-spatial neglect as a result of an injury to the right side of the brain, most commonly from stroke.

Medscape | Mar 22, 2017

In our clinical and research practice here at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), we have found that a number of children have visual issues after a concussion, but they're not typically visual acuity issues. This is something we'd like to get the message out about. The kids we see in our offices who have had a concussion often also have oculomotor issues, whether they are related to problems with smooth pursuits, saccadic function, or the vestibulo-ocular reflex function.

Purdue University News | Mar 22, 2017

New research findings suggest mild blast trauma suffered by military personnel affects portions of the auditory system that have not been extensively studied after injuries occur, and this impairment might be diagnosed using well-established testing methods. The findings raise the possibility that noninvasive auditory tests could identify undiagnosed mild brain injuries earlier.

The Good Men Project | Mar 21, 2017

Traumatic brain injury is a huge “hidden disability” within prison populations in the US and the UK. Despite evidence that TBI can lead sufferers to be more violent and reoffend, there is a worrying lack of information about the extent of the problem and there is no standard screening process. At a time when there is huge concern about escalating prison population rates, is it not time this issue was addressed?

Warrior | Mar 20, 2017

Surprisingly few people understand the dark realities behind head injuries. In this article, I’m going to shed light on this issue and go over five reasons why suffering a concussion was the hardest experience of my life. In doing so, I’ll hopefully be able to spread awareness towards this issue.

Science Daily | Mar 20, 2017

Following a three-year study of the Arizona State University football program, researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have created the largest dataset to date of extracellular small RNAs, which are potential biomarkers for diagnosing medical conditions, including concussions.

Craig Daily Press (CO) | Mar 20, 2017

Cory Hixson, an infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Iraq War, and his wife, Shala, are fighting for adequate care from the Veterans Affairs health care system following Hixson's disappearance last week due to medication-related memory loss and disorientation.

UCLA Newsroom | Mar 16, 2017

A new biological marker may help doctors identify children at risk of poor outcomes after a traumatic brain injury, UCLA scientists report in a preliminary study. The discovery, published in the online issue of the medical journal Neurology, will allow researchers to zero in on ways to prevent progressive cognitive decline seen in roughly half of children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.

The Good Men Project | Mar 16, 2017

Living with a traumatic brain injury can be a very lonely, painful place. It’s a place that is often misunderstood, and a place that no one is talking about. Amy Zellmer shares her experience and guides anyone suffering from TBI to seek help.

WebMD | Mar 15, 2017

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 41,000 injuries suffered by high school athletes in nine sports between 2005 and 2015. The injuries included nearly 6,400 concussions.

The Good Men Project | Mar 15, 2017

While in a coma, Harvey lost his civil rights and all control over his own money, due to a court-ordered conservatorship. A durable power of attorney could have prevented this nightmare situation.

Reader's Digest | Mar 15, 2017

Stephanie Peirolo had an excellent health plan, so when her 16-year-old son sustained a traumatic brain injury, she thought his claims would be covered. She was dead wrong.

SBS (Australia) | Mar 15, 2017

Guests share their experiences of how suffering a brain injury has changed their lives, personalities, work and their relationships to those who love and care for them, what's the science behind ABIs?

UPI | Feb 13, 2017

Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital found that the impact of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, in a child can have long-lasting effects years later. The study found that patients with mild to moderate brain injury are twice as likely to have developed attention problems when examined seven years after injury. The research also found that children with severe TBI are five times more likely to develop secondary ADHD than children without TBI.

WTOP (DC) | Feb 13, 2017

A far-reaching federal study hopes to provide new detail for veterans suffering from a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Early research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows at least 20% of all veterans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered a TBI. Many heal within weeks or months, but others suffer long-lasting implications. This study hopes to track 1,100 veterans over a 20-year period to learn more about the issue and how such an injury can best be evaluated or treated. Only 700 have signed up so far.

HealthDay News | Feb 13, 2017

Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 128 students who suffered a concussion during the 2014-2015 academic year at Northwestern University. Overall, the students took much longer to recover from a concussion than the national average of 7 to 14 days.

Valley News (ND) | Feb 13, 2017

Concussions are something many people think are just a temporary injury, not realizing they can bring on other health issues. A West Fargo girl has been suffering from a concussion induced injury for nearly three years. It's changed how she and her family live. "I feel like I am not a normal kid," 15-year old Ashtyn Gooselaw said.

The Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 8, 2017

Patients with concussion, followed by visual problems, experienced delayed central and peripheral vision reaction times, a study by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine reported.

The Huffington Post | Feb 7, 2017

The league’s neurotrauma program isn’t without its faults, but it’s a lot better than what goes on in the average ER.

Health | Feb 7, 2017

Symptoms of concussion can be obvious and show up immediately, or they can be subtler, not appearing for days—or weeks—later. Here are the concussion symptoms to know, so you can spot them in yourself, or in others.

The New York Times | Feb 3, 2017

Soccer players who frequently head the ball may be increasing their risk for concussion, a new study reports. The study, published Wednesday in Neurology, included 222 amateur soccer players who reported the number of times they headed the ball over a two-week period. The athletes also reported any unintentional head impacts, such as collisions with other players or the goal post.

Houston Chronicle | Feb 3, 2017

The Concussion Legacy Foundation, devoted to studying and preventing head trauma in sports, announced Thursday that 647 new athletes pledged last year to donate their brains after death for research, which brings the total to 1,467.

NPR | Jan 31, 2017

The $16 billion Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was designed to get veterans medical care more quickly. But an investigation by NPR found that: the VA has about the same number of new hires as the VA would have been projected to hire without the additional $2.5 billion; the new hires weren't sent to VA hospitals with the longest wait times; and the VA medical centers that got new hires were not more likely to see improved wait times.

SportTechie | Jan 31, 2017

BrainScope’s Ahead 300, a handheld point of care device that objectively and rapidly assesses mild head injury, is helping clinicians and others to gather data that will aid in head injury diagnosis. BrainScope announced this month that it is doing a limited launch to a select group that includes college and professional sports institutions.

Army Times | Jan 31, 2017

More than a hundred Fort Riley soldiers are helping University of Kansas researchers study how intense running affects wounded soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury. Clinical trials will assess whether intensive cardiorespiratory exercise helps wounded warriors recover from mild traumatic brain injury.

Melbourne Herald Sun | Jan 31, 2017

Melbourne researchers are working on an injectable treatment for traumatic brain injury using the protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Melbourne team hopes doctors could inject players after a head clash, or paramedics could administer the peptide to car crash victims, so as to stop the chain reaction of damage after a traumatic brain injury.

New Hampshire Public Radio | Jan 31, 2017

The New Hampshire Legislative Commission on PTSD and TBI released a report in 2014 that looked at how many veterans in the state had these injuries and whether they felt they were getting the help they needed. It’s been a few years since that first report came out and the commission is now is now re-interviewing veterans by questionnaire to find out: Did we hit the mark? Did we do the right thing? And where do we go from here?

PetaPixel | Jan 30, 2017

My name is Trevor Gavin and I’m a photographer based near San Francisco. I’d like to share a very personal story of my darkest time. It’s a part of my healing and a part of moving on. It’s the only way I know how to express my emotions.

USA Today | Jan 30, 2017

The NHL has not given money to any of the four centers leading research into neurodegenerative diseases, specifically the question of why so many football and hockey players develop CTE, USA TODAY Sports has found.

The Huffington Post | Jan 30, 2017

Many families struggle to get their loved ones needed rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. If they do get rehabilitation, it is often too short to make a difference. Indeed, if patients are too slow to demonstrate improvement, services can be cut off because of stringent “medical necessity” admission criteria, often from third-party insurers. This cutoff makes no sense. If we don’t know how long it takes the injured brain to heal, how do we know the pace is too slow?

WIRED  | Jan 17, 2017

Recognizing mild concussions is crucial for preventing deaths, and now there's a way to do that more accurately than ever before, with your blood.

Engadget | Jan 17, 2017

Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. It's developing Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (conveniently, BLAST), a sensor system that could determine whether or not an explosion's shockwave is likely to have injured your brain.

The New York Times | Jan 17, 2017

Casey Dellacqua, who fell and hit her head during the 2015 China Open, missed nine months of competition while living struggling with post-concussive syndrome. “I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t focus, couldn’t read, watch TV, wasn’t on my phone. I couldn’t focus having a conversation with anyone. I was in this constant world of drowsiness. Then I started not being able to sleep properly. I kept asking the doctor, ‘When am I going to feel better?’ They said it was all normal, all part of concussion. It was a really hard injury for me to understand mentally, because it wasn’t like I had a sore shoulder...”

R&D Magazine | Jan 17, 2017

A direct link has been found between concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. New research by the Boston University School of Medicine found that concussions will accelerate brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are already at a genetic risk for the disease.

GQ | Jan 12, 2017

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.

Medical News Today | Jan 12, 2017

A new study links higher blood levels of a brain protein called tau to longer periods of recovery for athletes. The researchers suggest that tau may serve as a marker to help assess athletes' readiness to return to play.

AAAS | Jan 12, 2017

A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Atlanta Journal-Consitution | Jan 12, 2017

Chase Gottlieb and his mom joined me in a room away from the den of activity in the Patricia M. Brown Center at Annandale Village in Suwanee. Like the 20 or so other participants, they had come to somehow give voice to a life lived with a brain injury — some acquired from a medical condition such as a stroke or brain tumor and others the result of a traumatic incident like Chase’s attempted suicide.

Futurity | Jan 4, 2017

Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain’s response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.

UVA Today | Jan 3, 2017

Researchers believe that figuring out how to target and manipulate immune cells could be key to treating various neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, migraines and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

ABC News | Jan 3, 2017

Katherine Snedaker founded her nonprofit advocacy group Pink Concussions in response to what she discovered was a lack of information and research on female concussions. A major impetus to her activism has been hearing stories from women and girls suffering from concussions. Many shared similar stories of not healing as fast as people thought they should, doctors minimizing their conditions and feeling isolated while recovering at home.

The Record (NJ) | Jan 3, 2017

David Musicant's bones healed – and then the real challenge began. The brain injury was a lot more complicated. The simple joys of taking a drive, working out or going to a Mets game with his wife and two children – what Musicant calls ''the mosaic of my life'' – had vanished. “You’re confused, you’re depressed and you just don’t think you’ll ever be yourself again and you kind of don’t want to be here anymore,’’ he said.

The Washington Post | Dec 22, 2016

The first objective measurement for concussion may have been identified, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports. By measuring the brain’s electrical reactions to speech sounds, researchers at Northwestern University were able to identify children who had suffered a recent concussion with 90 percent accuracy and those who hadn’t with 95 percent accuracy.

NPR | Dec 22, 2016

A study of 30 patients hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries found that sleep quality and brain function improved in tandem, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Neurology. The results raise the possibility that patients with brain injuries might recover more quickly if hospitals took steps to restore normal sleep patterns.

Adventures in Brain Injury | Dec 22, 2016

William Bird, Senior Research Assistant and Tractographer at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, explains how this imaging system allows us to see the pathways that groups of axon fibers follow.

Healthline | Dec 21, 2016

The effects of a TBI can range from short term to lifelong, and from debilitating to mild. People with TBI can find relief in physical therapy, medications, psychological treatment, and social support. A medical team can provide much of that treatment, but social support must come from friends, family, and others within the community. To help, HealthLine has rounded up some of the best sources of online support for people who have TBIs and the people who love them.

NPR | Dec 20, 2016

The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. But the small wearable devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure that could eventually have helped researchers understand the links between bomb blasts, concussions and brain diseases.

The Denver Post | Dec 20, 2016

A new study by doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine concludes that helmets help reduce the severity of head injuries that kids suffer while skiing or snowboarding, a finding that echoes other recent research but that has long been up for debate.

Knowridge Science Report | Dec 20, 2016

People who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study published in Neurology. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how much their sleep is disturbed.

Futurity | Dec 20, 2016

Surgery can restore vision in patients who have suffered hemorrhaging in the eye after a traumatic brain injury, even if the operation doesn’t occur until several months later, a small study shows.

Cycling Tips | Dec 19, 2016

MIPS, the Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is a pretty unassuming piece of gear — a thin layer that sits within a bike helmet to reduce rotational forces in the case of a crash. MIPS can now be found in some top-end helmets but as Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom writes in this Origins piece, the technology was first devised in the mid-’90s and is a rare example of academic research being turned into a viable commercial product.

USA Today | Dec 19, 2016

USA TODAY Sports spoke with the parents of five former high school players. These mothers and fathers don’t own doctorates or medical degrees, but they are indisputably experts in what can go terribly wrong in the secondary-school version of the country’s most popular sport.

The Dallas Morning News | Dec 19, 2016

University Interscholastic League is partnering with the O'Donnel Brain Insitute at UT Southwestern Medical Center in what will be the nation's largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. They hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes.

The New York Times | Dec 12, 2016

Texas is beginning what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. Starting this week, two dozen high school sports will be tracked in an attempt to gauge whether rules or equipment changes improve player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes. Information to be recorded includes the cause of an injury and the recovery time from an injury.

ABC News | Dec 12, 2016
The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to the estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players. The court's action on Monday clears the way for payouts to begin to former players who have been diagnosed brain injuries linked to repeated concussions.
News Medical | Dec 9, 2016

The study began 21 months after Margaret Worthen suffered massive strokes, and her continuing recovery was tracked for nearly three years. The research signifies the first time that scientists have captured the restoration of communication of a minimally conscious patient by measuring aspects of brain structure and function before and after communication resumed. It also raises the question of whether other patients in chronic care facilities who appear to be minimally responsive or unresponsive may harbor organized, higher-level brain function.

Sports Illustrated | Dec 9, 2016

Former NFL center Matt Birk, former QB Eric Hipple and Brigadier General (ret.) Richard Gross explain how the After the Impact Fund provides a support network for veterans, professional athletes and their families.

Neurology Advisor | Dec 9, 2016

SPECT imaging can be more accurate in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than CT or MRI.

WKYC | Dec 9, 2016

In the military, a Charlie Foxtrot is a disaster. A Charlie Foxtrot is exactly what thousands of our service members are facing. We confirmed that 300,000 troops were booted from the military with less than honorable discharges. What they did to get kicked out is often linked to medical conditions like Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic brain injury (TBI). They are stripped of their benefits, when what they really need is help.

ABC News (VA) | Dec 9, 2016

Maj. Yvonne Heib and Capt. Pat Horan gave presentations to a neuroanatomy class on their experience regaining speech and cognition skills with the help of specialized therapists. The duo were both injured while serving overseas. Heib, a former Army nurse, sustained moderate brain damage from a mortar blast in Afghanistan in 2009. This marked Heib and Horan's third time speaking to students at JMU, some of whom have interests in a career in speech pathology.

NewsWorks | Dec 9, 2016

Scott Brown, Director of the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission says the VA is promising those requesting an evaluation will get one in 18 days, but not delivering. "We are seeing more and more TBI's and I called this morning to get an appointment for a veteran for his TBI evaluation and was given March 10th for his TBI evaluation, that's not 18.1 days," he said. The VA did not participate in the hearing.

BBC News | Dec 7, 2016

Thirty extraordinary artists who survived brain injuries, but found a new craft, are exhibiting their work in London this month, many for the first time.

How Stuff Works | Dec 5, 2016

More researchers and scientists are actively trying to find women's brains for concussion studies. After all, female athletes get concussions at higher rates than men in multiple sports. There's some evidence that men and women's brains react differently to concussions. For one, women might have a harder time than men recovering from a concussion, and where women are in hormone cycles might also lead to different responses.

PR Newswire | Dec 5, 2016

As a veteran acclimates to the new normal of life outside a war zone – and the challenges of PTSD, TBI, and physical injuries – personal relationships are often tested. This is especially true of the relationships between warriors and their spouses. To help a group of these military couples receive a new healing perspective, Wounded Warrior Project recently hosted Project Odyssey, a multi-day mental health workshop.

The New York Times | Dec 2, 2016

Two youth programs have sprung up in Marshall, where Pop Warner, Boys & Girls Club and seventh-grade tackle teams were discontinued over safety concerns.

NPR | Dec 1, 2016

An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries. The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.

Medical Xpress | Nov 30, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report finding evidence of brain injury and repair that is visible on imaging from the NFL players compared to a control group of men without a history of concussion. The football players had higher levels of TSPO and greater changes in the brain's white matter, the study found.

News Medical | Nov 30, 2016

Researchers have identified symptom trends that may not only help predict how soon patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) will recover, but also provide insight on how to treat those who experience persistent concussion symptoms. The findings were published today in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Radiological Society of North America | Nov 29, 2016

Scientists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center found that brain circuits connected to emotional control were disrupted in patients with depression. Experts say the findings could lead to new treatments for brain injury related mood disorders.

Indy Star | Nov 29, 2016

Two quarterbacks, two concussions. Same weekend. Not the same decision. IU quarterback Zander Diamont is done with football. Diamont, who has suffered multiple concussions, knows who he wants to be in 10 years. And it’s not someone standing on a football field, or worse, sitting in a wheelchair and wondering how he got there. "I need my brain," he said on Saturday. So does Andrew Luck, but the Colts QB knows who he wants to be in 10 years. He wants to be a Super Bowl champion.

Forbes | Nov 28, 2016

Based on a new study to be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), specialized MRI scans performed on high school football players–after just one season–revealed changes in brain tissue which correlated with exposure to head impacts.

VICE News | Nov 28, 2016

The state Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania a $250,000 grant to screen for head trauma among men on track to be paroled from Graterford, the idea being to smooth their transition back into the outside world. VICE got an early peak at the numbers from a new study of brain injuries in an American prison, and they aren't pretty.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Nov 28, 2016

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center will launch a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.

Knowridge Science Report | Nov 21, 2016

New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital, but that a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation may produce even greater benefit.