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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.
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Brain injury in the military
The latest version of BrainLine Military News, March 2013 is now available to view on line. Brainline Military is a service of BrainLine BrainLine Military is a service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital.
Here are some highlights from the March issue:
What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?
Former Marine Matt Brown, who has combat-related TBI and PTSD, was dangerously suicidal and he would never "sugarcoat" that fact. It was finding his voice to help others that saved him. It was also his wonderfully wicked sense of humor. Watch BrainLine’s video, “What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?” and hear Matt describe how his life has changed for the better.
Watch "What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?"
Watch "Matt Brown: Becoming a New Person After TBI and PTSD"
Watch "Matt Brown: Strategies, Patterns, and Routine Are Key"
Who Are the Faces of TBI Research?
As a researcher and clinician, Geoffrey Ling, PhD, MD, Col. (Ret.) knows that research for traumatic brain injury needs to be fast and efficient because patients are waiting now! Program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Ling says, “Seeing patients … working with them daily is very grounding. It reminds me who needs this care …” Hear more, watch BrainLine’s interview with Dr. Ling, “The ‘Faces’ of TBI.”
Because of a devastating helicopter crash, Special Forces medic Karl Holt’s war in Afghanistan had ended. But a new battle had just begun. It was one that would rage long after his ruptures, fractures, broken bones, and dislocations had healed. Holt lost consciousness on the helicopter, the result of a traumatic brain injury that went untreated for nearly two years. It transformed Holt from a soldier who kicked in doors in Afghanistan to a man who had to put sticky notes on the door of his North Carolina home reminding him to lock it before leaving. Read WORLD magazine’s article, “Broken Brains,” to learn how Holt is rebuilding his life.
For more information about TBI and the military visit BrainLineMilitary
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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.”
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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
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CDC webinair explores disability issues
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a webcast: Public Health Grand Rounds: Where in health is disability? Public health practices to include people with disabilities
Time and Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)
Disability and health is the next topic at the CDC’s highly regarded Public Health Grand Rounds. The work of NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability and its network of partners (including the Ohio Disability and Health Program [ODHP] and other state grantees) will be featured through this broadly visible venue that reaches public health professionals, health care providers and others around the world that are interested in CDC’s work.
To View the Live Webcast:
To view the live webcast on Dec. 18, please click here
Note: The webcast links are only active during the date and time of the session, but all sessions are archived for future viewing. Grand Rounds archives are found here
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Upstate New York traumatic brain injury vocational research study
A research study is seeking participants in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Latham, and Schenectady. The study is looking at communication skills and employment to learn what communication skills are needed for successful employment of people with TBI. Researchers are seeking participants who experienced a brain injury between age 22 and 55, and who attempted to return to work following injury (current employment is not required). Participants are reimbursed $10/hour and will need to complete 4-5 hours of tests. More information is available on the web site of the Brain Injury Association of New York State BIANYS. If you are interested in participating, or have questions, contact Peter at (608) 262-6904.
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Massachusetts Pediatric Brain Injury Conference
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is sponsoring a Pediatric Brain Injury Conference which is scheduled for November 29th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Mass.
The conference will provide information and resources on how to better meet the needs of young people with brain injury in acute care and rehabilitation facilities, at home, in school and on the sports field. For more information or to register go to the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association or call 508-475-0032.
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New drug may provide significant benefits to brain injury survivors and stroke victims, even years after an injury occurs
A new study in the journal, CNS Drugs reports that a drug, etanercept, seems to provide clinical improvement to brain injury survivors and stroke survivors, even years after the stroke or traumatic event by reducing brain inflamation.
The study of 629 patients, conducted over the course of nearly two years, documents a diverse range of positive effects, including statistically significant rapid clinical improvement in motor impairment, spasticity, cognition, etc. in the stroke group, with a similar pattern of improvement seen in the traumatic brain injury (TBI) group. The study involved 617 patients treated an average of 42 months after stroke and 12 patients treated an average of 115 months after TBI, long after further spontaneous meaningful recovery would be expected.Here is the full citation to the study: Tobinick E, Kim N, Reyzin G, et al. Selective TNF Inhibition for Chronic Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury – An Observational Study Involving 629 Consecutive Patients Treated with Perispinal Etanercept. CNS Drugs, 2012; 16 (12)
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Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Grants Awarded
Congratulations to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center and Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation for being awarded recognition under the United States Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems program.
This year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 16 grants totaling more than $6.9 million for research on all aspects of rehabilitation care for those who sustain traumatic brain injuries. The grant was awarded under the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems program, which seeks to improve the lives of persons who experience traumatic brain injuries by creating and disseminating new knowledge about the course, treatment, and outcomes of these types of injuries. The overall goal of the program is to demonstrate the benefits of a coordinated system of neuro-trauma and rehabilitation care, and to conduct innovative research on all aspects of rehabilitation care.
The grant is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
I am honored to be a member of the advisory board of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Model Systems Program.
To read the list of grant recipients please click here.
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Traumatic Brain Injury Assistance Apps
Thanks to BrainLine Military News for sharing information on Six Free Military Smartphone Apps to assist those with brain damage.
Here is what BrainLine has to say:
There are smartphone applications ("apps") for just about everything — from staying organized to finding pharmacies on the go. Sometimes, however, it's hard to find the apps that really improve our lives. The following six apps were created for service members and veterans, their families, and the professionals who care for them. The apps help with issues ranging from stress and mood management to tools to help improve quality of care for people with mild traumatic brain injury.
To view the brain injury assistance apps, click here.