Brain Injury in the Military: A Long Road Home

Rose Collins, Ph.D. of the Veteran’s Administration Polytrauma Rehabilitation Team at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center spoke at the Iowa Brain Injury Conference on March 17, 2006 in Des Moines. Her compelling presentation addressed the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other injuries who are entering into polytrauma rehabilitation on their long journey […]

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Iowa, Here We Come!

One of the best, most informative state-run brain injury conferences will be underway this week in Des Moines, from March 15-17th at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. It’s the Annual Iowa Brain Injury Association Conference, and it’s helmed by some of the most proactive TBI advocates in America. This year’s presenters include ABI specialist Sharon […]

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TBI Documentary A Must -See For All

While I was at the NASW conference in Albquerque recently, a social worker told me about a filmmaker named Laura Napier who had just completed a documentary about TBI survivors in New Mexico. I found myself immediately intrigued, so I tracked her down via email and ended up getting a chance to watch the documentary […]

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15 Years Worth of Advice for Family Members

Tom McMahon is dad to a child with a traumatic brain injury. Usually his posts are an impersonal treat that reveals his colorful mind and interests, but recently he decided to write a bit of advice for people living with a disabled family member: Here’s number one: Some Run Away I thought I’d start out […]

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Miner McCloy Still in the Dark

Fox news has recently reported that Randall McCloy–otherwise known as the sole surving miner from the West Virginia mining disaster–is still unaware that he is the only remaining survivor. To those of us familiar with anoxic injuries, it’s not a surprise that McCloy is suffering cognitive impairments. McCloy’s accident happened in January and I thought […]

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NASW Conference in Albuquerque

NASW Conference in Albuquerque

The travelling season seems to be ramping up, and I’ll probably be making my way through quite a bit of the US this year. Currently, I am attending the National Association of Social Worker’s Conference (NASW) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There’s a particularly spiritual focus on this year’s conference–not surprising, given that New Mexico remains […]

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Train Your Brain

You can train your brain through specific task exercises to avoid the functional declines associated with the aging process. Kirk Erickson, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois, and the author of Neurobiology of Aging has studied the effects of cognitive exercises on the ventral prefrontal cortex, a site of age-related atrophy. Dr. Erickson’s study suggests […]

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Woodruff Off the Radar

If you run a search for Bob Woodruff on Google’s news service, your’ll rapidly learn that there’s been no mention of his condition for over a week now–a somewhat shocking silence, given Woodruff’s prominence as a media figure. The silence, however, is nothing new to those involved in brain injury treatment. Studies show that immediately […]

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Brain Continues to Change

Conventional medicine has long held that as humans grow, so our brain changes, and that once we stop growing, our brains also stop changing. Anecdotally, most people say that the brain stops changing at around 18 years of age, and that the adult brain stays the same throughout adulthood, until disease, trauma, or atrophy occurs. […]

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Paying for Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt

Slate.com had a remarkably practical article involving Woodruff & Vogt’s recent Iraq injuries. The article is titled “Who’s Going to Pay for Bob Woodruff’s Medical Expenses.” Here’s a telling excerpt: “That said, it’s not clear how many of the medical expenses will actually get billed. Not all military hospitals in the field have the time […]

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