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Traumatic Brain Injury

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.

Allow Life to Humble You

AJ Mihrzad | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
AJ Mihrzad

I had an experience that humbled me. I was shopping at BJ's. After waiting on an insanely long line with my cart full to the brim, I realized I forgot...

How Dare You, Mr. Trump: The Real Nature of Military Service

Dr. Joan Beder | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Dr. Joan Beder

The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).

Alone Doesn't Have to Mean Lonely

Debbie Hampton | Posted 07.22.2015 | Divorce
Debbie Hampton

Seems I'm not alone (pun intended). According to the U.S.Census Bureau more Americans are living alone than ever before. The proportion of one-person households increased from 17 percent to 27 percent between 1970 and 2012.

21st Century Cures Act Will Change Lives for the Better

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Advances in biomedical and pharmaceutical research continue to occur at a dizzying pace. Yet the process of moving these discoveries out of the lab and into the real world where they can benefit people is frustratingly slow.

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.

Changing a Common Belief About Brain Injury

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

No longer can we falsely assume that brain injury survivors can recover only for a certain period or that they are destined to regain only a limited number of skills. The potential for improvement is far greater than previously believed possible.

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 06.05.2015 | Women

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

Aaron Baker: Defying the Odds One Step at a Time

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Aaron's recovery was as remarkable as it was challenging. "Prior to my injury, I had been very athletic and very competitive. After the accident, I wasn't trying to 'get back' to anything. I accepted my new life.

Operation Purple and Living With PTSD

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Campoamor

We thank them publicly and declare holidays in their honor, yet we refuse to try to understand their needs and, therefore, perpetuate a never-ending cycle of fear and stigma. We express our gratitude from a distance, leaving them feeling as broken as we believe them to be.

Lessons in Speaking From the Heart

Greg O'Brien | Posted 06.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg O'Brien

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "Life is no brief candle ... It is a sort of splendid torch, which I've got hold of for the moment, ...

Melissa Jeltsen

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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.

Joe Namath Wouldn't Play Football If He Could Do It All Over Again

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports

Another legend gives up on the game that made him famous.

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...

The Unscripted Side of Professional Wrestling

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Critics of professional wrestling organizations often claim that because wrestling is "choreographed," it is completely fake. However, the injuries pro wrestlers sustain are in fact very real and very dangerous.

To The Strangers Who Performed CPR On My Partner

Rebecca Bratspies | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Bratspies

On March 31, 2014, two young men suddenly appeared in a dark alley in Pittsburgh. Their subsequent encounter with my partner, Allen, changed our lives forever. It turns out Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to have a massive heart attack. But for these two strangers, Allen would undoubtedly have died that night.

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.

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Retires Over Concussion Concerns

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports

The third 20-something to retire in the past week.

Think Concussions Just Happen to Kids Playing Contact Sports? Think Again

Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D.

Early detection of concussion can be a significant step toward shortening recovery time and preventing complications from a subsequent injury. It's important for parents to understand that concussion risk is not limited to the boundaries of a playing field.