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CDC Updates on Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation released a special issue highlighting work from CDC and CDC’s partners to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs. These studies present a clearer picture of TBI in the United States and the progress in the field.

Some key findings include:

•         Online Training Effectiveness: CDC and the National Federation of State High School Association’s concussion course online was effective in increasing concussion-related knowledge across a wide range of individuals.

•         Sports and Recreation TBI: About 7% of all sports and recreation-related injuries treated in United States emergency departments were TBIs.

•         Data Sources: New sources of TBI-related data on emergency department visits and hospitalizations will improve the ability to examine subpopulations most at risk for TBI.

•         Unemployment: About 60% of people (ages 16 to 60) who were discharged from inpatient rehabilitation following a TBI between 2001 and 2010 were still unemployed two years after their injury.

•         Motorcycle TBI death: Motorcycle crash patients with a TBI were 3 times more likely to die in the emergency department compared to those without a TBI.

You can review the special issue of the Journal by clicking here .


May 13, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Concussion App Review

Apparently, not all concussion apps that are currently available from I Tunes are up to date or provide comprehensive information according to a new article Comprehensive review of concussion screening apps for the sidelines which can be accessed by clicking here.

August 4, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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VA develops concussion app to assist in concussion management

The Veterans Administration has developed a new mobile app that provides information on concussion symptoms and the self-management of the common symptoms following a concussion.

The concussion app’s main goals are:

  • To provide education about a concussion
  • To provide a 22 question inventory about symptoms that may develop following a concussion including dizziness, balance problems, headaches, memory and concentration impairments,
  • To provide tools to assist individuals properly manage the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury when they develop
  • To provide resources and support for professional care and web sites with information about traumatic brain injury.
  • The app can be used by anyone and is not restricted to veterans. 

More information is available by clicking here



July 31, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Centers for Disease Control Concussion App

CDC's Heads Up app helps parents and others learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of a concussion and explains what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury. The app also includes information on selecting the right helmet for an activity and other detailed helmet safety information.

Download the CDC Heads Up Concussion App by clicking here

June 9, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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The Crash Reel-An important message on the life long consequences of traumatic brain injury

I had the pleasure of viewing in preview, a new HBO documentary, The Crash Reel exploring the life and brain injury sustained by American snowboarding champion, Kevin Pearce which will debut on Monday, July
15th at 9 PM eastern time, 8 c on HBO.

As an advocate for persons with a brain injury, I appreciated the compassionate approach to the subject matter.  The treatment of Kevin as a person with a brain injury, rather than a brain injured person is a very important message for members of the public.  Kevin does not allow his brain injury to define who he is. He is an inspiration to anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury. 

The stages of the film depicting Kevin’s journey are quite helpful to an understanding of the transitions that an individual and their family members go through following profound brain trauma. 

This film will make a very important contribution to the understanding of traumatic brain injury in the minds of the public. 

The filmmakers have launched a comprehensive traumatic brain injury awareness and outreach campaign called #LoveYourBrain and the Pearce family has started the Kevin Pearce Fund to support families and individuals
affected by traumatic brain injury and other challenges.

For more information on the documentary, visit their face book site.

July 13, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain injury in the elderly

Traumatic brain injury in the elderly is explored in a special edition of NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  The guest editor of this collection of articles is the well-known expert in the field of neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury, Wayne A. Gordon, PhD., Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

 The articles in this special edition address the following subject matters:

A comparison of cognitive function of individuals diagnosed with dementia and a history of TBI with those with dementia and no history of TBI;

Factors related to death following TBI in the elderly based upon medical chart review of  individuals 55 years and older who died one to four years after moderate or severe TBI, and compared these to matched living patients;

Characteristics of the inpatient rehabilitation treatments received by individuals with a TBI who were above the age of 65 when they received their injury;

Use of The Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone (BTACT) to screen elderly patients for TBI;

Review of the literature on age-specific factors that are related to successful outcomes in the elderly who sustain a TBI. 

July 11, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Seeking Comments on the Pediatric Mild TBI Guideline Protocol

Between March 7 and April 7, the Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Guideline Workgroup is seeking public comment on a guideline protocol on diagnosing and treating pediatric mild TBI (among patients age 18 and under).

Comprised of leading experts in the field of TBI, CDC Injury Center’s Board of Scientific Counselors established the Pediatric Mild TBI Guideline Workgroup to create a clinical guideline for health care professionals working in the acute care and primary care setting.

The Workgroup is using the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) guideline development process to develop a multidisciplinary, evidence-based guideline. You can access the guideline protocol for review and comment   by clicking here 

Public comment on the guideline protocol is one of the first steps in the evidence-based clinical guideline development process. To learn more about the Pediatric Mild TBI Guideline Workgroup and next steps for the project, click here 

March 12, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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National Brain Injury Survey from Sarah Jane Brain Foundation

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF) and CE Outcomes have announced a national survey to identify gaps in services and research dealing with brain injury.

This is a joint effort during Brain Injury Awareness Month to understand the current state of brain injury across the country and across two different clinical populations (youth/developing brain and adult/developed brain).

The survey will investigate the differences in services between “Mild” TBI/concussions and moderate to severe brain injury. In addition, the assessment will analyze across the continuum of care from prevention to acute care/rehabilitation services to reintegration/long-term care. The online survey is being hosted by CE Outcomes and can be accessed by clicking here.

“This survey will include physicians, psychologists, educators, allied health professionals, and most importantly families and brain injury survivors across this country,” said Dr. Ron Savage, President of SJBF and author of the survey. “We will have data from thousands of voices to better understand the gaps in services that impact the lives of millions of people. Those voices will be heard.”

March 12, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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New government sponsored concussion study reported

Reuters News Service reports that a new sports concussion study has been initated by the United State Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academies of Science to investigate sports related concussions among our nation’s youth.  The study will look at concussions in children from elementary school through early adulthood and will also include military personnel and their dependants.

The government study will review concussions and risk factors pertaining to this type of brain injury.

The study is being headed by Robert Graham, a public health expert at the George Washington University School of Public Health.  According to Reuters, the study panel will likely submit its findings to the Institute of Medicine in the middle of the summer, with publication expected in late 2013.

Sponsors of the study include the Department of Defense, the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. The panel will also examine studies being done by the CDC and the American Academy of Neurology.

January 17, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Workplace Flexibility Toolkit following a brain injury or other disability

Survivors of traumatic brain injury are entitled to reasonable accommodations in the work place.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy has released the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, a collection of more than 170 resources for employees, employers, policymakers, and researchers. 

Workplace Flexibility enables individuals and business needs to be met through making changes in when, where and how an employee works.

The toolkit includes case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles and links to web sites.  The toolkit can be accessed by clicking here


January 3, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack