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Veterans Find Camaraderie in Reading

CHAPEL HILL Even before John Howell left for Iraq in 2009, he loved Walt Whitman’s poetry. As a soldier, he identified with Whitman’s description of the injured he saw in the Civil War battlefields and field hospitals. In “The Wound-Dresser,” a grandfather recalling bandaging a soldier’s “stump of the arm” pleads with the reader not …

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Computerized Rehabilitation Aids those Suffering from Brain Injuries

For the first time, researchers have shown that computerized cognitive rehabilitation (a program to help brain-injured or otherwise cognitively impaired individuals to restore normal functioning) can improve attention and executive functioning in brain injury survivors including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke. The findings, which appear online in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, may …

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MRI improves diagnosis of microbleeding after brain injury in military personnel

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Imaging patients soon after traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs can lead to better (more accurate) detection of cerebral microhemorrhages, or microbleeding on the brain, according to a study of military service members, published online in the journalRadiology. Cerebral microhemorrhages occur as a direct result of TBI and can lead to severe …

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Long-Term Care May Not Be Best for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

Newswise — TORONTO, March 2, 2015 – A new, large-scale Canadian study shows that many adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) live in a long-term health setting – such as a nursing home- which may not be appropriate for their condition and younger age. The study, led by Dr. Angela Colantonio, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab, …

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Wounded Warrior Project Serves More Than 400 Through Its Independence Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is officially serving more than 400 of this generation’s most seriously injured veterans and their caregivers through its Independence Program (IP), an innovative program created to help injured service members and veterans design their own paths from surviving to thriving. IP is a partnership …

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New Imaging Technique Pinpoints Changes in Brain Connectivity Following mTBI

New Rochelle, NY — A new imaging technique can identify the specific changes in neural communication that can disrupt functional connectivity across the brain as a result of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). This information could help explain why many patients with a diagnosis of mTBI will experience physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms that may …

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Wounded Warrior Project Grants $15M to UCLA Program for Brain Injury, PTSD

Wounded Warrior Project approved a $15.7 million grant over three years to fund a UCLA Health treatment program for service members suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, it was announced Tuesday. The Operation Mend expansion is part of the Warrior Care Network, a first-of-its-kind medical network funded by Wounded Warrior Project …

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Public Health Approach to Reducing TBI:Update from CDC

Ongoing efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the population impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are documented in the May/June issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, official journal of the Brain Injury Association of America. “This special issue draws attention to the need for strategies to prevent …

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Casting Light on the Invisible Wounds of War

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can happen to anyone who has suffered through a traumatic event, directly or indirectly. In combat situations, the mind is still reacting instinctively, collecting and storing memories that can be …

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