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This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

On Monday, May 27, Americans will observe Memorial Day, remembering all the veterans who sacrificed their lives to shield us from foreign threats and protect the liberties upon which our nation was founded. It is also a good time to remember all the veterans who are still with us, especially those whose war injuries have left a deep and devastating impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. Many of the veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), most of which have been brought about by concussive ... Read More

Suicide Prevention Week is opportunity to draw attention to link to TBI

September 9-15, 2012, is the 38th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of suicide and of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. In the United States, suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths and the third leading cause among individuals between the ages of 15 to 24. It is estimated that one American completes suicide every 14.2 minutes with approximately 922,725 Americans attempting each year. However, depression alone might not always be the cause of suicide or suicidal thoughts. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by bumps, blows or jolts to ... Read More

Prescription drug cocktails could be killing our combat veterans

Imagine dutifully serving and surviving your combat tours in the Middle East, only to return home and be killed by a prescription drug. That is apparently what is happening to hundreds of young military veterans coming back to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are being treated with a cocktail of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and other prescription drugs. Stan and Shirley White of Charleston, West Virginia, were coping with the grief of losing their son Bob, a Fort Bragg paratrooper, in Afghanistan, when their other son Andrew, who had returned home from combat ... Read More

US Soldier allegedly suffered from TBI before Afghan shooting spree

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a recent tour of war duty may have been the trigger that sent a US soldier on a bloody rampage, killing Afghan civilians including women and children. An official told ABC News that the soldier had suffered a mild TBI at some point previously either from hitting his head on the hatch of a vehicle or in a car accident. He went through advanced TBI treatment at Fort Lewis. He also was put through mental health screening as part of sniper training and had routine behavioral health screenings. Throughout all the testing, the soldier ... Read More

Florida company creates first device for finding traumatic brain injury

One of the most frustrating and discouraging aspects of concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is that these injuries, as serious and complex as they are, typically don’t reveal themselves to even the most advanced medical imaging machines. Finding a TBI usually involves testing and observing the patient’s behavior, understanding the incident that caused injury, and connecting the dots. Even more severe forms of TBI can be missed by doctors, leaving patients with a multitude of emotional and cognitive problems to go untreated for days, weeks, or even years. Thankfully though, a test being developed by Alachua, ... Read More

IOM report indicates more study of TBI necessary to determine effective treatment

A report released Oct. 11 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) indicates more study with a larger focus group may be necessary to determine an effective course of treatment for people suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The study was commissioned by the Department of Defense (DoD), as a result of the staggering number of TBIs suffered by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. TBI has become the “signature injury” for these soldiers. Traumatic brain injury affects an estimated 10 million people worldwide, and can range in severity from fairly mild to severe. TBI in even its mildest form ... Read More

Loved ones may recognize TBI symptoms in veterans before doctors

Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common types of injuries for American soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the symptoms of TBI aren’t always obvious or easily recognizable. Sometimes called the “silent injury,” TBI often evades state-of-the-art medical imaging and diagnosis simply because it can be present even when there are no visible signs of damage to the brain. Moreover, given the vast complexities of the brain, TBI symptoms are not always the same in every person. So how do you know if the veteran in your life has TBI? Behavioral changes are the biggest ... Read More

Canada’s Afghanistan troops received traumatic brain injuries at alarming rate

Traumatic brain injury has been called the “signature” injury of American troops returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Canada is finding that its soldiers, too, suffer from TBI at an alarmingly high rate. According to one study, the rate of TBI in Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009 was found to be nearly three times higher than American troops deployed to Afghanistan during the early years of the war and before its escalation. According to a study conducted by Canada’s National Defence and obtained by The Globe and Mail, Canadian forces were ... Read More

Concussions in children require extra care and attention

Concussions, injuries that fall on the mild side of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) scale, are receiving significantly more consideration these days than ever before, thanks to studies that probe and attempt to grasp the often elusive nature of TBI. TBI has worked its way into the public awareness recently, shepherded by reports of record numbers of soldiers returning from the Middle East with brain injuries, considered the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the head injuries of high-profile people such as Natasha Richardson. As more and more Americans deal with the repercussions of TBI in themselves ... Read More

Clemson research offers hope for TBI patients

New hope for people living with the physical and mental impairments of traumatic brain injury has emerged from Clemson University. Assistant professor of bioengineering Ning Zhang used a combination of synthetic and natural materials in developing an injectable biomaterial that showed great promise for brain tissue regeneration in laboratory tests. According to Clemson, the material “has the potential to spur the growth of a patient’s own neural stem cells in the body, structurally repairing the brain injury site.” In previous lab studies conducted with rats, Zhang demonstrated “the reconstruction of a complete vascular network at the injury site as an ... Read More