Brain Injury

NFL Releases New Concussion Poster

Finally, finally, finally!  Professional locker rooms across the country will be undergoing minor redecoration, with players’ health in mind. The National Football League (NFL) has released its official, new poster, which clearly lists symptoms of concussion and potential long-term effects. In one section, the poster says that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to “…problems …

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Post-Traumatic Epilepsy Decades After Injury

A study of nearly 200 Vietnam vets found that 13% of those with penetrating head wounds developed epilepsy more than 14 years later. A few veterans had new seizures that popped up 45 years after the initial injury. The results of the Vietnam Head Injury Study, published in the journal Neurology, confirmed that epilepsy is common …

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Support for New Bill to Streamline Medicare Reimbursements

Imagine that you have been in a car wreck and are unable to work because of your injuries… or that you have ongoing hospital bills due to medical malpractice. You’ve done everything right. You took your case to court and won a settlement for your losses. How long do you think it might take to …

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Horseback Riding Helps Those with Brain Injuries

In a report by News 14 Carolina, tiny Colfax, North Carolina (located about halfway between Winston-Salem and Greensboro) is home to a special program that pairs horses with people who have suffered brain injury. The non-profit Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center calls on different aspects of horsemanship to develop athleticism, memory, balance, and speech among people …

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Summer Safety Tip #4: Avoiding Head and Neck Injuries Around Pool and Surf

Most of us have fond memories of those “Hey, watch me dive” days from our childhood. I remember one summer when my cousin slipped while running around the edge of the pool and split his lip on the concrete… and another year when my teenage friend nearly drowned after body surfing in the dark. In hindsight, it is obvious that we were all pretty lucky that our injuries weren’t worse than that. Those memories just as easily could have been tragic.

Are You Ready for Phone-Free Driving?

According to the News & Observer Road Worrier, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would reward states with millions of dollars in grants if they outlaw all phoning and texting while driving. The bill is called H.R. 3994: Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2009. (You can read the bill itself here: Distracted Driving …

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What Parents Can Do About Kids' Sports Concussions

Concussion is finally gaining respect as a serious injury. Doctors have begun calling it “mild traumatic brain injury,” which more fully and accurately defines what concussion really is. High schools and high school sports organizations have begun setting more stringent standards for evaluating a student athlete after a head injury–no matter how minor the injury …

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When Is a Sport Not a "Sport"?

For girls and young women, one sport accounts for more than 65% of of all high school catastrophic injuries, and more than 70% of all collegiate catastrophic injuries. (For the record, “catastrophic injuries” are life changing events, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and death.)  Less severe injuries are also common–each year, this sport sends more …

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