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Welcome back Michael Mason

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We are thrilled to welcome back Michael Mason to the NRI and Brookhaven Hospital team! Michael made many contributions during his previous eight year tenure here, including the launch of our blog, NeuroNotes. He is the author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and its Aftermath, published in 2008, which Oliver Sacks described at […]

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital joins the Brain Injury Association of America in announcing March as Brain Injury Awareness Month with Brain Injury Awareness Day on March 22nd. Over 12 million individuals are living with brain injury. This can cause a lifetime of disability which affects the person as well as their loved […]

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Laurie Rippon’s Resiliency in Building a New Life After Brain Injury

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When we experience any major life transition, we are faced with the choice to redefine our sense of self, purpose, and direction in life. The alternative is to get stuck, not moving forward, but looking back at what might have been. Dr. Rolf Gainer has long been interested in one’s sense of a loss of […]

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A Question for Our Readers

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We’ve faced a dilemma recently here on NeuroNotes—to post or not to post comments. One of our blogs in particular has generated much interest, “Depression & Suicide Among Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries.” We have received comments from individuals around the world who have shared their very personal struggles with depression as well as suicidal […]

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CDC Tackles Youth Concussions

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Football is beloved by many throughout the U.S. The affinity for it in certain states, though, such as Oklahoma, goes well beyond fondness. Similar to someone deeply in love, the flaws of the sport are glossed over, unrecognized, while the positives (teamwork, athleticism, excitement and entertainment value) are exalted. It seems that for those who […]

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On the Road Again: Our Fall Conference Schedule

On the Road Again: Our Fall Conference Schedule

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The start of the 2016 fall conference season will take staff members from the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital throughout the United States and into Canada. Dr. Rolf B. Gainer will present “Loss of Self: The Task of Building a New Identity,” at the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) conference in Sioux […]

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FDA Approves Testing to Assist in Brain Injury Determination

FDA Approves Testing to Assist in Brain Injury Determination

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The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) under their guidelines as a “device.” This test is intended to be utilized as part of a larger medical evaluation to diagnose brain injury or concussion. It’s hard to believe that football season is once again upon […]

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NRI at Brookhaven Hospital Awarded Three Year Accreditation by CARF

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The Board of Directors, our management team and staff members of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital (NRI) are proud to announce that our Brain Injury Inpatient and Residential Rehabilitation programs have been awarded a three year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This three year accreditation represents the highest […]

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CTE confirmed in college athlete’s death by suicide

CTE confirmed in college athlete’s death by suicide

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We previously wrote a blog about Kosta Karageorge right after his tragic death in 2014. Karageorge was an Ohio State football player and former wrestler whose life ended with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After sending a few texts to his girlfriend, then his mother, Karageorge, climbed into a dumpster in an alley near his apartment, and […]

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Craig Phillips Provides Support for Individuals with Brain Injury

Craig Phillips Provides Support for Individuals with Brain Injury

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Craig Phillips is always thinking of how he can better serve those with brain injury and their loved ones. As Craig has pointed out, one of the most frustrating aspects of brain injury is the invisible nature of the disease. If others don’t know about someone’s brain injury (and sometime even when they do), all […]

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