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Traumatic Brain Injury

Back to School, Back to Sports, Time to Huddle Up About Sports Safety

Kate Carr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the

Bipartisan Support for the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Now is an especially auspicious time to focus attention and resources on issues related to brain injury. The science is advancing quickly, giving those diagnosed with TBI and their families new reason for hope.

A Place Called Pluto

Greg O'Brien | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Anyone who doesn't think they are going to die some day, please raise your right hand. Death comes to all. In the natural we have little rule over ti...

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

Same Play, Different Day

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Michael V. Kaplen

The revised proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit against the NFL remains fundamentally flawed. The settlement neither recognizes nor compensates the majority of players who suffer the long-term consequences of repeated concussive injury.

Man Who Awoke From Coma Just In Time Shares His Story, Urges Us To 'Find The Miracle Within'

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.04.2014 | Good News

One college student went from comatose to tearing up the basketball court in under three years. His secret? Hard work and determination. In October...

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Requires a Comprehensive National Plan

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Michael V. Kaplen

Yes, concussions happen. It is part of the game, but we must implement initiatives to reduce the risk of injury, and prevent, preventable injuries.

My Brain Damaged Thoughts on Calling Hillary Clinton Brain Damaged

Liz Jackson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

It's true, brain injury can make a person dangerous. But I wonder if Rove realizes that notoriety is something that could do that too.

Bush's Brain Damage

Jonathan Richards | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Improving Our Nation's Brain Health

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Despite all the promising new research, advances in brain science have not gotten the attention they deserve from policy makers and the public. Fortunately, that is beginning to change.

The Disturbing Link Between Brain Injury And Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact

A new study finds that almost half of homeless men surveyed suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past -- most of which occurred before the men los...

Alarming Number Of Jailed Youths In NYC Have Brain Injury

AP | By JAKE PEARSON | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcera...

The Unforeseen Consequences of the Volunteer Army

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Recent episodes of random violence at U.S. Army bases, the latest at Fort Hood in Texas, have underscored one of the little-recognized and heartrending consequences of our reliance on a volunteer military to defend our country.

Aging and Brain Injury Awareness Month

Diana M. Raab | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I remember a friend once telling me after her mother died at the age of 85 that each year over the age of 80, her mother seemed to age five years. I now understand.

Healing the Forgotten: New Hope for TBI Patients

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Nadel

March is traumatic brain injury awareness month. After finishing a double shift, nurse Sarah C. was on her way home. "I remember standing on the sid...

WATCH: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce On Injury: My Brain Is So Fragile Now

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.27.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

World champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce was a strong contender to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when an accident during a training session c...

Think: March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Lyrysa Smith | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lyrysa Smith

The sheer number of people with brain injury and all those who love and care for them should make apparent the need for broad attention and concern. Brain injury impinges on the whole person, not just one's legs or lungs, and its consequences are unpredictable.

Life Lessons From A Concussion

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Sure, I am aware there are potential dangers lurking in any home. But the scenario that played out in my mom's kitchen was not one I had ever considered. But I gained a new perspective from this experience. A jolt to the brain, both literally and in the best of ways.

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.