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Psychiatric Symptoms Predict Recovery After Concussion

WASHINGTON — In the first month after a concussion, patients who display psychiatric symptoms, particularly after 7 days, were at increased risk for having a recovery that lasted longer than 1 month, according to new findings. Arun S. Chhabra, MD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and fellow researchers conducted the study, which was …

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VA Extends Program for Veterans with TBI

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended this program through October 2017. “We are pleased to extend …

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Yoga and Traumatic Brain Injury

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness month, former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce talks about how key the practice is to his ongoing brain injury recovery. On December 31, 2009, less than two months before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, snowboarder Kevin Pearce crashed his head into an icy half pipe in Park City, Utah. …

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Traditional approach to PTSD/TBI not working

Two disturbing numbers stand out in The American Legion’s recent survey of veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder: 59 percent and 30 percent. Of the more than 3,100 respondents who completed the online survey in February, 59 percent reported either feeling no improvement or worse after undergoing TBI and PTSD treatment. …

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Fayetteville Warrior gets a new set of wheels

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) — Friday, wounded warrior William Stewart received a new souped-up wheelchair. It has tracked wheels, and can plow through soft soil, and sand. Willie, as he is known to friends and family, has come a long way. In July 2012, he and three members of his unit were wounded during a mortar attack …

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Promising treatment for ABI/Stroke

After three decades of failure, researchers have found a treatment that greatly improves the prognosis for people having the most severe and disabling strokes. By directly removing large blood lots blocking blood vessels in the brain, they can save brain tissue that would have otherwise died, enabling many to return to an independent life. Read …

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War’s elite tough guys, hesitant to seek healing

After his fourth combat tour, to Afghanistan in 2011, Sgt. First Class Michael B. Lube, a proud member of the Army Special Forces, came home alienated and angry. Once a rock-solid sergeant and devoted husband, he became sullen, took to drinking, got in trouble with his commanders and started beating his wife. “He would put …

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A miraculous and arduous recovery for police officer

Peter Laboy perched on a step stool in the Alexandria Police Department, the simple task of inventorying uniform shirts vexing him. He stared for a while at a row of boxes — never opening any to perform a count — then keyed in a number on his computer. His figures were close, but often wrong. …

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NCC client speaks to VA employees regarding WWP

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service offered a special event here on April 9, 2014. Jeremy Muncert, an Army Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke to a crowd of about 40 people in the hospital’s living center gymnasium. Muncert, a wounded warrior, spoke about his experiences, the VA and the Wounded Warrior Project. Muncert was …

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