I Know You Won’t Forget

Every so often, someone provides a resource in short supply. Square Circle Press has a forthcoming title called "I Know You Won't Forget," a children's book that deals with the difficult issue of a brain injured parent. From the website: Know you Won't Forget is a story about a young boy whose mother suffers a […]

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Military Still Unsure About Blast Effects

Today I received yet another call from a VA social worker looking for services in Oklahoma. She was complaining that a veteran in Oklahoma shouldn't be going all the way to Dallas for outpatient brain injury rehabilitation, but that the military offered no other solutions for her case. It's another sad demonstration of the complex […]

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Education and Prevetion

In 2006 a study regarding alcohol and marijuana use among 49,000 high school age young adults revealed that of the 12th grade group, 13% smoked marijuana in automobiles and 10% drank alcohol in automobiles. The results were similar for grades 11 and 10. Studies regarding marijuana demonstrate that the impairment from smoking marijuana is equivalent […]

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Protect Your Brain, It’s the Only One You’ll Get

Children with a brain injury are at a greater risk of having a second brain injury. In a study from the University of Montreal, Dr. Bonnie Swaine followed 3599 young patients seen in emergency departments of two Montreal pediatric hospitals.Within six months, 2.4% of the children suffered a second brain injury and at twelve months […]

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Vonnegut Dies of Brain Injury

During my recent trip to Iraq, I chose to bring along Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five as company through the endless airport terminal waits. I've read it periodically throughout my life, but it never seemed a more appropriate time than then. I was heading into a war zone, and about to witness a level of suffering […]

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Problems Persist for Returning Vets

Last week, the New York Times reported that the military's medical tracking system, known as the Joint Patient Tracking Application, is replete with shortcomings: "The Defense Department's inability to get all hospitals to use the system has routinely forced thousands of wounded soldiers to endure long waits for treatment, the officials said, and exposed others […]

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New Medications Trials for TBI related Seizures

Two drug trials offer promise in controlling seizures which occur in 25% of moderate and severe brain injuries with even higher numbers, approaching 50%, for war related injuries. Topamax and Keppra are being used as  prophylactic measures in these two studies to prevent  seizure disorders from developing.  Seizures can appear as cognitive or behavioral events […]

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Brain injury affects moral choices

Researches from the University of Iowa have determined that injuries to the ventromedial area of the frontal cortex can affect moral choices. While testing injured and non-injured participants, researchers learned that those with the brain injury had difficulty making moral choices involving life or death scenarios: The difference was very clear for all the ventromedial […]

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2007 Doctor Wolter Verduyn Award Recipient Announced

And the winner goes to… our very own Dr. Rolf Gainer. At this year'sannual Brain Injury of Iowa Conference, Dr. Gainer received theprestigious Wolter Verduyn speaker's award for excellence infurthering brain injury education and research through public talks. His presentation, "Rehab Outside the Box" offered audience members aninfo-packed understanding of the lifetime needs and challenges […]

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Iowa Brain Injury Conference Celebrates Fifteen Years

The Brain Injury Association of Iowa’s Best Practices in Brain Injury Service Delivery: XV occurred last week in Des Moines. The conference hosted over 300 brain injury professionals and consumers marking the fifteenth anniversary of the conference. The event was extremely well planned and a high quality conference in all respects. The featured conference faculty […]

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