Aging with a Brain Injury

As more people survive severe brain injuries and research becomes available regarding individuals at the 10 to 20-year interval following injury, we are seeing information about “the graying of brain injury”. For those of us who live and work with TBI survivors, our experiences are a practical and evolving research project. Many of these people […]

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Indispensible Resource for Mild/Moderate TBI Survivors

Indispensible Resource for Mild/Moderate TBI Survivors

Everytime I attend a brain injury-related conference, I get inspired by the fascinating individuals I meet and the programs they’re involved with. This morning, at the National Association of Head Injury Administrator’s Conference (NASHIA), I had the honor of meeting Lisa Keller, a TBI survivor who turned her recovery into a remarkable tool for individuals […]

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Nebraska and Rattlesnakes

Nebraska and Rattlesnakes

Yesterday, I conducted an evaluation just a short drive from Denver, in Western Nebraska. The terrain was yellow and desolate and the sky absolutely enormous–all in all a lovely time to roll down the windows and turn on the radio. Here’s a snapshot I grabbed at a rest area: Out in remote areas, I’m lucky […]

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NASHIA’s State of the States Conference

Next week, I’ll be attending the National Association of State Head Injury Administrator’s (NASHIA) State of the States Conference in Denver, Colorado. In case you ‘re unfamiliar with NASHIA, it’s goal is “to assist state government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.” So […]

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Mindfulness Matters in TBI Treatment

TBI survivor turned researcher Melissa Felteau has not only made personal strides in her own recovery, but has spearheaded initiatives aimed at drawing attention to alternative therapies in TBI treatment. As a recipient of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s research grant, Felteau organized a study on the effects of mindfulness meditation on TBI survivors. Here’s a […]

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Synthetic Blood May Help in TBI Survivor Rate

As each year advances, more and more people survive increasingly severe trauma to the brain. Now there’s a new study that is exploring the use of synthetic blood as an oxygen-delivery mechanism during the first few hours following a brain injury: “Approximately one third of severe head injury patients show reduced oxygen tension during the […]

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Brain Injury and Depression Linked

UCLA researchers have released an important finding: it appears that many heart failure patients not only sustain brain injuries resulting from cardiac complications, but that this specific injury is linked to depression. Following is a brief excerpt from Ivanhoe News: “The UCLA imaging study shows significant loss of tissue in areas in the brains of […]

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Iowa: Great People, Great Places

Iowa: Great People, Great Places

Iowa may get a bad rap for its endless cornfields and sparse population, but it’s really a marvelous state, and it’s all because of the people. As one of the most pro-active brain injury associations in the midwest, the Iowa BIA operates through the support of some incredibly capable and knowledgeable types–not least among them […]

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Travelling in Iowa this Week

Travelling in Iowa this Week

I’m in Iowa this week, conducting a few evaluations and touring a few facilities. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Grove, a veteran of the brain injury industry. He works for Village Northwest (VNW), a truly wonderful community environment for brain injury survivors and people with developmental disabilities. VNW is located in Sheldon, […]

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Advancing Ideas about How People Get TBIs

Nothing is simple when it comes to brain injuries. This article from the from timesleader.com of Pennsylvania shows a new understanding of contra-coup injuries: “Data so far indicate standard models of brain movement during trauma may need revision. Leuthardt explained the classic view of head trauma by imagining someone slipping and hitting the back of […]

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