TBI in the News
Brainline News FeedApproximately 80K Students to have Concussion Insurance
Staring in August, about 80,000 Wisconsin student athletes will have concussion insurance. The insurance policy will act as a secondary insurance for students so families don't have to worry about out-of -pocket costs. "Primary will pay their portion and this program is set up to pay for all the gaps. There is zeros deductible with this program, so if there is no primary insurance set in place this will drop down and become primary," said Scott Lunsford, Senior Vice President of K&K Insurance Company.Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s biggest victory was raising concussion awareness
For everything he accomplished on the race track, and there was plenty, nothing carried as much weight as what Dale Earnhardt Jr. did off of it. By being open and honest about his concussions and the impact they had not just on his racing career but his entire life, Earnhardt broadened the discussion about head trauma. Be it other athletes, his fans or people who just recognized his famous last name, there are countless others who are better because of his struggles.More teen knowledge about concussion may not increase reporting
High school athletes with access to a certified athletic trainer are more knowledgeable about concussions and their consequences, but that doesnít make them more likely to report a concussion, a U.S. study finds.Resources help Soldiers cope with brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are hard to diagnose and difficult to treat because of the diseaseís symptom diversity that can include anything from depression and anxiety to balance and memory issues. ďThere are so many forms of comorbidity associated with TBI that it makes for a very complex case presentation,Ē said Dr. Scott Engle, director of Fort Hoodís Intrepid Spirit Center. Recent data confirms that National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and its programs are making a difference in helping Soldiers manage depression and post-traumatic stress.Lawsuit: Army Should Factor PTSD in Discharge Decisions
A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The plaintiffs, two Army veterans from Connecticut who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, say in the lawsuit that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges. The lawsuit filed in Connecticut by Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic is seeking class-action status.Brainís ability to rewire after injury can lead to long-term strains
Like air-traffic controllers scrambling to reconnect flights when a major hub goes down, the brain has a remarkable ability to rewire itself after suffering an injury. However, maintaining these new connections between brain regions can strain the brain's resources, which can lead to serious problems later, including Alzheimer's Disease, according to researchers.Team Wendy to target blast waves and rotational injuries in next-gen military helmets
Born out of family tragedy, Team Wendy has transitioned from small ski-gear manufacturer to supplier for the Australian and American military. Their next generation of helmets is being designed to better counteract rotational injuries and blast waves.The invisible causes of homelessness
In the United Kingdom, about 50 per cent of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury and the vast majority of these injuries occurred before they became homeless, according to a recent report in The Psychologist.Is there a connection between PTSD and combat blast exposure?
In part three of PBS NewsHour's series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad OíBrien reports on how talks to a neuropathologist who is studying the brains of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries and the possible connection to PTSD.The NFL concussion protocol cannot save football
There is no consensus among players that faking the concussion protocol is as prolific as some suggest. The one thing most would seem to agree on is that there is motivation to try. The tests used to screen concussions are inexact and need to be interpreted by a qualified medical professional. There is financial incentive for players to try to skew that interpretation and team goals that can encourage lax oversight. In short: The NFL environment is ripe for players to try to fake.
Breakthrough in Blast-Related Brain Injuries Reveal Microscopic Scarring
A new study reveals previously undetected change patterns in the brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts from high explosives in combat.Are Kids Getting More Concussions Than We Realize?
A new study estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher than the previously reported.Military Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review
Military mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) differs from civilian injury in important ways.Top 10 Concussion Research Articles of 2015
A team of brain injury experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest.Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a Former College Football Player
The neuropsychological findings of a 25-year-old former college football player who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) postmortem.Visible Brain Damage Detected in MTBI From Blast Injuries
Many military personnel who experience blast-related traumatic brain injury (MTBI) have lasting brain damage as seen by MRI, according to a study published in Radiology.CTE pathology in a neurodegenerative disorders brain bank
Wireless Sensor Enables Study of Blast-Induced TBI
A new system that has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.Sexual Functioning in Military Personnel: Preliminary Estimates and Predictors
Although the military is a young and vigorous force, service members and veterans may experience sexual functioning problems as a result of military service.