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Veterans Day and the importance of recognizing veterans affected by traumatic brain injuries

In 1954, Nov. 11 became known as Veterans Day, a national holiday in honor of all American veterans, alive and deceased, who fought for the United States in the difficult times of war. The sacrifices these brave men and women made and continue to make are preserved through the historic observance of this holiday, but one physical sacrifice in particular has made its mark on both veterans and the American public – the traumatic brain injury (TBI). Known as the “Signature Wound” of the Global War on Terror, a TBI occurs when someone has a sudden blow or jolt to the ... Read More

Brain damage does not always cause symptoms in military veterans

Military veterans who have been exposed to blasts from bombs or grenades may still have brain damage even if they have no symptoms, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Researchers with Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., studied 45 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, dividing them into three groups – those who had been exposed to a blast and had symptoms of traumatic brain injury, those who had been exposed to a blast but showed no symptoms of brain injury, and those who were not exposed to a ... Read More

New website promotes community among traumatic brain injury survivors

People whose lives have been altered by traumatic brain injury (TBI) may find plenty of technical information online about these elusive injuries and the various symptoms they may cause, but it’s much more difficult to forge connections with others who are coping with similar situations and experiences. That is why the family of one TBI survivor started TryMunity, a website dedicated to helping TBI sufferers, their families, and other supporters connect and share “stories, ideas, suggestions, and words of encouragement.” TryMunity is the first and currently the only online social community for TBI sufferers and others whose lives are in ... Read More

VA hospital patients sought for intervention involving blood thinner Pradaxa

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VA Hospital patients in the Denver, Colorado, area with a common heart condition who are taking the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) are eligible to participate in an intervention designed to determine why patients take and don’t take their medications. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality. It can cause blood clots, which can lead to stroke. Therefore, patients are treated with the blood thinner warfarin, which requires frequent lab monitoring and dose adjustment. The majority of veterans on warfarin are managed in anti-coagulation clinics staffed by pharmacists who routinely contact patients to remind them to get blood draws, to ... Read More

Lawmakers question veterans home officials about schedules, salaries

Iowa state lawmakers put officials from the Iowa Veterans Home on the hot seat last week about a decision made by the home to switch doctors to an on-call system for nights, weekends and holidays, resulting in a generous boost for the center’s four doctors, according to the Des Moines Register. Medical Director Dr. Melissa Bruhl said she recommended the change to the home’s administrator Dan Steen because she was having a difficult time finding relief for the 24-hour coverage. As a result, the arrangement increased Bruhl’s salary from $244,000 per year to about $319,000. The nursing home’s human resources director ... Read More

Veterans home cited for putting residents at risk of harm

A U.S. Justice Department report claims that residents at William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette, Alabama, suffered significant harm and risk from the facility’s inadequate medical and nursing services, accoding to the Mobile Press Register. The report was released last month and is based on the outcome of a February inspection and interviews at the nursing home. It alleges that the home had “inadequate nutritional and hydration services; improper and dangerous psychotropic medication practices; inadequate pressure-sore treatment and skin care; inadequate restorative care and specialized rehabilitation services; failure to protect residents from harm due to falls; failure ... Read More

decorated veteran abuse victim

A daughter was horrified when she found that her 82-year-old father had been badly neglected while in a Florida nursing home. The WWII veteran entered the nursing home at the recommendation of hospice workers, due to serious lung problems and the inability to use his legs. They recommended the more constant care provided in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, the man’s condition deteriorated in the facility due to apparent neglect. Anthony Vincent Digiannurio was eventually taken to the Florida Hospital DeLand by ambulance, where he was initially admitted for respiratory problems. However, after examining him, hospital staff were shocked to ... Read More