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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 st...

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 07.07.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 | 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 outpou...

Melissa Jeltsen

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players | 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...

Lost: Life With Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

My "old life" is still so vivid in my memory, while my "new life" is completely different. I am easily frustrated by things that I used to be able to do effortlessly. I am slowly learning to embrace the "new normal" and understand my limits, but it's still hard.

David Lohr

FAIL: Principal Suspended, Sheriff's Deputy Fired And 100 Students Banned From Graduation After Extreme Prank | David Lohr | Posted 05.07.2015 | Crime

An extreme senior prank has resulted in the firing of a sheriff's deputy, the suspension of a high school principal and the banning of 100 students fr...

Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C.

Amy Zellmer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Amy Zellmer

Last month I attended Brain Injury Awareness Day at our national's capitol in Washington, D.C. My journey began in mid-February when my story, "Life...

Richard Albero on Wounded Warriors and Presidential Leadership: Part II of His 1,200-Mile Yankee Trek

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

As for Hillary Clinton, she and other presidential contenders might heed the words of Albero, who said that the first principle of leadership is "consistency. When you form a policy, you can't let politics change that policy you believe in." He added, "A really true leader can see the consequences of an action down the line."

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

Life With a TBI: Please Don't Think I'm a Flake

Amy Zellmer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

There are times when I pull up google on my computer to look something specific up. By the time the page is loaded, I have forgotten what it was that I needed to look up. It is incredibly frustrating for me, and telling me i'm just being a flake doesn't help the situation any.

Life With a TBI: What I Wish I Had Known When I First Hit My Head

Amy Zellmer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

It has been 13 months since my fall, and I am just NOW starting physical therapy for my injuries and occupational therapy for my cognitive issues. I feel like I am late to the party, that I should have been here months ago. Late is better than never, but I have never been one to be fashionably late.

5 Things Every TBI Survivor Wants You to Understand

Amy Zellmer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

Every single thing we do, whether physical or mental, takes a toll on our brain. The more we use it, the more it needs to rest. If we go out to a crowded restaurant with a lot of noise and stimulation, we may simply get overloaded and need to go home and rest. Even reading or watching tv causes our brains to fatigue.

What Everyone Should Know About Life With A Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand.

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.

Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Christopher King | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science
Christopher King

Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been much in the news in recent years.

Vet-to-Vet: How We Know It Works

Shad Meshad | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to highlight a couple of veterans' successes by sharing stories that show the importance of vet-to-vet connection and what can happen if treatment and housing options are available to help vets rebuild their lives.

Guns Allegedly Found At National Guard Armory Shooting Suspect's Home

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 09.10.2014 | Crime

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police found a store of firearms Thursday at the home of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting a longtime member of the N...

Can Music Save Lives?

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Can music save lives? Listen to and watch professional pianist, composer, author, and American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) artist spokesperson ...

Sarah Jane's Dad to President Obama: Tackle the Number-One Public Health Crisis

Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A. | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A.

Brain injury in youth is the leading public health crisis of our time. Concussions in sports have received the greatest amount of attention by the media; however, brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, child abuse, falls, and gunshots as well as non-traumatic events like strokes, brain tumors, meningitis and seizure disorders.