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Honoring The Wounded, Ill And Injured Veterans...All Of Them

Shad Meshad | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

I've been thinking about the Invictus Games ("Invictus" means unconquered) since the news coverage last month. Modeled after the U.S. Department of De...

We Must Challenge Assumptions about Pediatric Concussions

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

It's easy to assume that most pediatric concussion cases are diagnosed in the emergency department (ED). However, new research, published this month i...

Music as Medicine: Why a New Kind of Neuro-Rehab Is Taking Off

Rebecca Strong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Strong

Ancient Greek philosophers believed that music had a therapeutic purpose -- including to treat depression, mania and even hangovers. In the Native Ame...

Concussions Can Hurt Your Sleep Far Longer Than Experts Thought

The Huffington Post | Sarah Digiulio | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living

Doctors have long known that sleep trouble is common in the first few months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury. But a study published...

Finding Hope in the Face of Loss

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Webster's dictionary defines hope as "to expect or wish... to be optimistic... to cherish a desire of good... with expectation of obtaining it or beli...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn For They Shall Be Comforted

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Blessing and mourning may sound like a strange combination, but I experienced the benefit of God's nearness as I mourned the ambiguous loss of our son...

Ambiguous Loss: Having But Not Having

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

After my son Zach suffered a major brain injury during a high school football scrimmage, I found the grieving process to be complicated.

Elvis Presley's Death -- What Really Killed the King?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 02.06.2016 | Science
Garry Rodgers

I'd have to classify Elvis's death as an accident. There's no one to blame -- certainly not Elvis. He was a severely injured and ill man. There's no specific negligence on anyone's part and definitely no cover-up or conspiracy of a criminal act.

It's Not 'Just' a Concussion

Amy Zellmer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

In the movie "Concussion," we start to garner an understanding that concussions are much more serious than originally thought. We get a glimpse inside the severity of repetitive head trauma, and how it can hide invisibly inside our brains, while wreaking havoc on our lives.

Here's What You Should Ask the Presidential Candidates About the Military

Justin Constantine | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Justin Constantine

For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?

Practicing Without Helmets Could Make Football Safer For Players

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - For college football players, practicing without helmets and shoulder pads may help reduce the number of head impacts in later prac...

Life With a TBI: 6 Tips for Surviving the Holidays and Overstimulation

Amy Zellmer | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

I have compiled a list of six simple things you can do to make the holidays easier on yourself, or a loved one who is dealing with overstimulation.

Just How Dangerous Are Sports Concussions, Anyway?

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

It's in the headlines every week: Professional athletes are hit too hard, and they wind up with a concussion. But when it comes to your own child on t...

Anxiety, Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

Anxiety is a seriously scary thing that you truly have no control over. I am surprised what sets it off, and of course, it happens when I am least expecting it. Other times, like when we got our first snowy-ice mixture the following winter, it makes sense to me.

A TV Series Not to Miss

George Peknik | Posted 10.14.2015 | Entertainment
George Peknik

There are five reasons I have been following David Eagleman for the past five years and why he is one of my heroes.

Energy Drinks Tied To Brain Injuries In Teens

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Teens who drink energy drinks a lot are more likely to get head injuries than those who don't consume the highly caffeinated beverages, a new study fr...

Advancing Treatment for PTSD and TBI

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Being a veteran advocate is my full-time job. It's the kind of job that you take with you on vacation, into the shower, to bed at night.  I often feel frustrated in my work. But once again I'm feeling optimistic and energized.

Miss America Contestant Is a Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Amy Zellmer

I had the pleasure of chatting with Ali Wallace, currently Miss Oregon. Early September she will head to Atlantic City to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Ali is a beautiful, smart, young woman who also happens to have an invisible injury that she struggles with every day -- a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

10 Ways You Can Help A Loved One Cope With Their Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

Don't take any of it personally, we are dealing with a very difficult injury, not to mention a complete change in our personality. Just know that you are doing the best you can for them and that they appreciate you no matter how they may react.

Missing My Memory: Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

I used to have the most amazing memory. All of that changed when I slipped on a patch of ice one cold, February morning.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

A Benefit for Brain Injury in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Amy Zellmer | Posted 07.07.2016 | Good News
Amy Zellmer

I rolled into Breaux Bridge, Louisiana during a rainstorm, with raindrops the size of gum balls falling so fast on my windshield that I can hardly see the car in front of me. It is over almost as quickly as it started.

ICYMI: People 'Borrow' Stories And The Disturbing Way We Get Brain Injuries

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. Our news diet this week took a depressing, gender-based turn after we read a disheartening rep...

Melissa Jeltsen

If You're A Domestic Violence Survivor With Unexplained Symptoms, Read This

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women

Earlier this week, The Huffington Post ran a story on undiagnosed traumatic brain injury in domestic violence survivors. We received an outpouring of ...

Melissa Jeltsen

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women

Thirty years ago, Kerri Walker, now a coordinator for a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix, found herself inexplicably driving down the left side of...