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Brainline Military February Newsletter
The February 2014 issue of the Brainline Military Newsletter is now on line.
topics of interest:
Using Art to Help Veterans with TBI and PTSD
Video: Don't Let Your Diagnosis Define You
Video: How Do You Help Patients with PTSD Regain Their Confidence
you can access the newsletter by clicking here.
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Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014 in Washington DC
Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014
Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill will be on Wednesday March 12, 2014.
Here is the schedule of the day’s events:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury"
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building
All are welcome to attend the day's events
If you plan to attend please make appointments with your Congressional Representative and Senators to advocate for funding for TBI programs and research.
I hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this March!
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Veterans with brain injuries, how to obtain benefits
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled in new webinair, “Overview of Benefits for Veterans with Brain Injury” for Friday, November 22, 2013 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST. This webinar will provide an overview of benefits available to Veterans who have sustained a TBI, their families and caregivers. For more information and to register, click here
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Department of Defense to establish brain bank to study long term effects of brain trauma in service members
In an effort to study the long term effects of head trauma and traumatic brain damage, the Department of Defense (DOD) has established a brain tissue repository.
DOD is attempting to collect the brains of deceased service members which will be studied at The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury which has been established in Bethesda, Md.
The study is being funded with a federal grant to advance the understanding and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members with a goal of understanding the long term effects of head trauma and particularly how head injury leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE is a neurodegenerative disorder that involves the progressive accumulation of a protein in nerve cells within certain regions of the brain. As the protein accumulates, it disturbs function and appears to lead to symptoms seen in affected patients such as boxers and football players with multiple head trauma.
The study and the brain tissue repository will be headed by Dr. Daniel Perl, a neuropathologist.
For information on donation to the brain tissue repository email or call 855-366-8824.
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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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Traumatic Brain Injury and Veteran Issues: New Webinars announced by Defense Cneters for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) have announced the topics and dates for the first four monthly webinars in the 2013 brain injury Webinar Series.
The webinars are an opportunity for health care professionals who interact with service members, as well as service members and their families, to learn and ask questions about issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The webinars focus on a broad range of topics such as deployment phases, combat care, balancing home life with a deployed partner, managing challenges with posttraumatic stress disorder and TBI, and advances in behavioral health care and technologies.
Here are the announced topics and the scheduled dates:
Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury:
January 24, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
February 28, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
Vestibular Disturbances after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
March 28, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
Military Children and Coping with Grief/Loss
April 25, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
For more information, please click 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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Seizure disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia and Hormone Deficience Accepted by Veterans Administration As Being Caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury
In recognition of the link between traumatic brain injury and the following medical conditions: seizures, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, depression and some hormonal deficiencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs have proposed new regulations to compensate veterans with these conditions.
The regulations are scheduled for publication in today’s edition of the Federal Register and list Parkinsonism, unprovoked seizures, certain dementias, depression and hormone deficiency diseases related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands as eligible for the expanded benefits.
The benefits are not limited to veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. Brain injury victims from prior conflicts can also claim these benefits if they can show their traumatic brain injury was service related.
Under the proposed rule, once a veteran can establish he or she was a victim of traumatic brain injury then these five conditions will be deemed connected to the brain injury with no further proof.
But, the proposed regulations do not go far enough. The proposal only links these conditions to a traumatic brain injury if the TBI was originally classified as being “moderate” or “severe”
There are also significant time restrictions requiring the illnesses become manifest following the brain injury within short periods of time. For hormonal deficiencies the time is one year, depression carriers a three year period for moderate or severe brain injury and a one year restriction for mild TBI. Dementia has a 15 year window.
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Brain Injury and Female Veterans-New Webinar to explore issues
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is offering a free webinar— “Improved Outcomes for Women Veterans: Brain Injury Services As Part of a Trauma-Informed Environment.”
The webinar will be hold on October 31st, 1-2:15 PM EDT
Research suggests that 81-93% of female veterans have been exposed to some type of trauma, significantly higher than the civilian population rates. In this webinar, Jill Gutierrez will provide information on trauma-informed care, including its relationship to brain injury, to help organizations working with women veterans better understand their unique experiences and to improve organizational effectiveness when working with this population.
Jill Gutierrez has been a program analyst for the Women’s Bureau’s New York office of the U.S. Department of Labor since 2008. She actively promotes programs and policies to ensure quality work environments for women.
To Reserve your webinar seat, click here. Please register by Tuesday, October 30th.
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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.