Traumatic Brain Injury

Legion Survey: PTSD/TBI Care Not Working

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Two disturbing numbers stand out in The American Legion's recent survey of veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder: 59 percent and 30 percent. Of the more than 3,100 respondents who completed the online survey in February, 59 percent reported either feeling no improvement or worse after undergoing TBI a... more

War Vets, Researchers Seek Head Injury Answers

ST. LOUIS -- For hours on route clearance missions in southern Afghanistan, Sgt. Michael Ritchey crammed his short body into a Husky, a single-seat vehicle that loosely resembles an armored road-grader. His job was to use ground penetrating radar to detect pressure-plate bombs hidden under endless stretches of rough gravel and dirt roadways. A... more

TBI Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death

People who survive six months or longer after suffering traumatic brain injuries continue to remain at risk for premature death long after their injury, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Medical Association. The study, led by Dr. Seena Fazel at the University of Oxford in England, used data from Sweden going back to 1954.... more

NFL Research Yields Possible TBI Breakthrough

Football season is over but Pentagon researchers are still watching the NFL, not for sport but for science. The NFL is very active in one of the same research areas as the Defense Department -- brain injuries. A report in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry highlighted research on five retired NFL players that may have uncovered a way ... more

TBI Drops in Afghanistan, Doctors Look for Cause

Military researchers are learning more about traumatic brain injury.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have suffered fewer traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan in 2012 than in 2011. Records show that traumatic brain injuries among troops in Afghanistan have dropped from 645 per month in 2011 to 373 per month through the first 10 months of this year, according to the Armed Force Health Surveillance Center in Washingto... more

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