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Traumatic Brain Injury

What's Missing From the Football Concussion Debate

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Sports
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

So how do we help our youth take advantage of the benefits of sports while minimizing the risk of concussions? We can direct our energies toward concussion prevention, following safety protocols and continuing to make playing the game safer.

Why I Wouldn't Watch the Super Bowl and Won't Support Football: Let Me Count My Reasons

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While I admire the majestic Bald Eagle, and I regard the U.S. Constitution as a stunningly intelligent and inspired document, some people treat me as if I have committed patriotic heresy by challenging the long-established unofficial national game of football.

Our Marriage Lives in a Shadow of a Medical Mystery

Julie Present | Posted 03.29.2014 | Divorce
Julie Present

Our story has a good ending. For now. We regard ourselves as lucky, and our marriage has become a symbol of healing, love, safety, and yet profound vulnerability.

Traumatic Brain Injury Raises Premature Death Risk

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

A new study reveals a troubling risk of traumatic brain injury. Researchers from the University of Oxford found an association between experiencing...

Family and Food: A Shrinking Violet Never More!

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 02.14.2014 | Women
Wendy Gaynor

Violet may be back to work, our "honeymoon" over, but since I've "hired on" as Violet's three-day-a-week baby sitter, I still get to spend untold time with my daughter, my baby, my 34-year old baby, Violet Moon. It may never be possible to make up for lost time, but together, mother, daughter, granddaughter, we are writing a new ending. I am blessed.

Why Medicine Alone Can't Help Our Veterans

Chrisanne Gordon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Chrisanne Gordon

As a medical professional and a person who has experienced the effects of TBI through personal injury, it is impossible for me to sit idly by when so many of our returning heroes return with injuries which forever change the very ways they think and process information.

Family & Food - The Blind Date From Hell & Heaven

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Wendy Gaynor

On the afternoon of May 19, 2002, nine years after our fateful first date, eight years after Michael's prostate cancer surgery, seven years after Ruby's traumatic brain injury, six years after my mother died, Michael and I married in front of over two hundred of our family and friends.

CrossFit Is Dangerous -- Life Is Dangerous

Sandra Walker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Walker

Change brings controversy. You have a brain injury and you're doing CrossFit? Hold the presses, isn't that the one that people are dying from? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people die from everything: football injuries, driving a car, going to work, you get the idea.

Family and Food: Giving Thanks

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Wendy Gaynor

We understood more than ever that year what it truly meant to give thanks. Ruby was recovering, granted it was at a snail's pace, and we were blessed.

Global Climate Change: A Blow to the Head

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In both global climate change and football, there are humongous financial forces pitted against public safety. What might tip the balance towards the common good?

Sculptor Overcomes Brain Injury To Show The World As Beautiful

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts

Alonzo Clemons suffered a brain injury in his infancy that impacted his ability to learn and communicate, forcing him to overcome a multitude of hards...

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

Parenting After Widowhood: Learning, Growing, Living With Intention

Sandra Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sandra Walker

Being a mother is no easy task. It challenges you. Motherhood can bring you down to your knees and take you outside of yourself, your comfort zone, more times than you have ever had to in your life. As you are broken down though, you never stop fighting.

High School Football: Can It Be Safe?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.10.2013 | Parents
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

At a time when the NFL is coming under pressure for ignoring evidence that links football to chronic brain damage, Youth Radio's special coverage ex...

Science + Love = Hope

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Last weekend I spent two days in the Napa Valley where $2.8 million dollars were raised by the fierce advocates for curing all brain disorders, Garen Staglin and Patrick Kennedy. They co-found One Mind for Research which aspires to end brain disease.

The U.S. Loves Football, Brain Injuries Not So Much

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports
Laura Lee Carter

After suffering a terrible fall from my bike five years ago, I experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). From that perspective, I find the present attention on injured NFL players interesting.

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It' | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

Who Am I? How Crisis Reframes Our Identity

Maria Ross | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Ross

I'd rather define myself as "someone who loves storytelling, who sees God in a redwood grove, who believes dogs have beautiful souls, who is quick with a laugh or a hug, who has forgiven more times than I've been hurt."

Athletic Combat and Real Combat: More Alike Than We Think?

Patric K. Stanton | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science
Patric K. Stanton

Whether in athletes who have suffered multiple concussions or in blast-exposed soldiers, the consequences of traumatic brain injury can be serious and persistent -- and can worsen with time.

The Fate of the Helmet: When a Brain Injury Lasts a Lifetime

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.01.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Citibike represents, in theory, a wonderful effort and one that will bring efficient means of exercise and transport to many New Yorkers. What's a shame, though, is that the bicycles come without helmets.

Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

Joshua Kors | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

The end of "Military Sexual Trauma" and "MST" can happen virtually overnight, provided that each of us commits to keeping those euphemisms out of our mouths and off our computer screens.

"The Crash Reel" Shows Us That It's Time We Learned To Love Our Brains

Lucy Walker | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Lucy Walker

We were shocked that even pro athletes don't know what to do when they hit their head, despite doing it a lot. The message about concussion awareness is getting through to school-based coached sports like football, but if there's no coach around, how do you know how to tell whether or not to go see a doctor?

Heading In Soccer Raises Concerns Of Brain Injury, Study Finds

Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living

Frequent "heading" -- where a soccer player bounces a ball traveling at high speeds off of his or her head --may be a staple move in the sport, but it...

Matt Sledge

Osama Bin Laden Raid Member Has Traumatic Brain Injury | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- As the trial of Bradley Manning entered its fourth day on Monday, a filing from one potential prosecution witness revealed a startl...

Facing a Traumatic Brain Injury and Debt. What Do We Do?

Steve Rhode | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

"Dear Steve, My husband has a traumatic brain injury and currently in therapy. He was on the job and he does get the workman's comp pay each week. ...