SDBIF Current Events

Congress must extend brain rehab program for veterans

Christopher Neiweem, TheHill.com (July 23, 2014) — Congress is running out of time to extend a critically important program that currently supports our nation’s most severely injured veterans. The Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI) is a five-year federal program that was established in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [...]
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Kramer Head Injury Revives Concussion Concerns

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer’s head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concerns about the way football deals with concussions. It was the latest in a series of head injuries at the World Cup that raised questions about the sideline medical checks. Kramer continued playing for 14 [...]
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TBIs MIA: An Estimated 30,000 Undocumented Bruised Brains

The Pentagon recorded only half of the wars’ traumatic brain injuries, a new study estimates Mark Thompson (April 30, 2014) — Despite its vaunted intelligence-gathering capability, the U.S. military was surprised when enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan began building and deploying roadside bombs to kill and maim U.S. troops. It got so bad that a [...]
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Study: Nearby blasts may cause lasting damage without symptoms

Gregg Zoroya, USA Today A small scientific study of veterans exposed to bomb blasts while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan uncovered signs of lasting brain damage even in cases where there were no outward symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or confusion. Even though a soldier may not appear hurt by a blast wave doesn’t mean [...]
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Military sharpens new tools to deal with brain injuries

Gregg Zoroya, @greggzoroya, USA Today Blood tests revealing hidden brain injuries. Drugs that stem the damage. Differences in men and women who suffer head blows. Even a new app to help people determine whether they’ve suffered a concussion. These are among advances from scientists responding to a wave of traumatic brain injury among troops who [...]
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