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Whistleblower complaint prompts U.S. to sue Army contractor, subcontractors for fraud

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A whistleblower complaint has prompted the U.S. government to sue a Houston, Texas-based Army contractor and two Kuwaiti companies for submitting false claims in connection with the logistical support they were contracted to provide for U.S. Army operations in Iraq. The case names Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR), an engineering and construction firm, and two Kuwait-based companies, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. (La Nouvelle) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company (First Kuwaiti), which KBR subcontracted to provide transportation, maintenance and other services for its work in Iraq. The U.S. alleges that KBR knowingly made false claims to the ... Read More

This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

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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

Whistleblower film raises fundamental questions about American rights and freedom

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U.S. filmmaker Jim Spione, whose Academy Award nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad portrayed the transformation of one infantryman after witnessing the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians by U.S. combat helicopters, is now in post-production with a new film documenting the experiences of four federal whistleblowers. Aptly called SILENCED for the retaliation truth tellers often endure, the film “follows a group of high-profile truthtellers who dared to question official national security policy in post 9-11 America, and have endured harsh consequences,” Mr. Spione explains on the website Kickstarter, a funding platform for ... Read More

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

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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

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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

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More

Loved ones may recognize TBI symptoms in veterans before doctors

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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