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Service Dogs Help Veterans with PTSD

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There’s some really interesting research being funded by the Department of Defense on the use of psychiatric service dogs to help veterans deal with the psychological wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many veterans who have received service dogs are reporting dramatic decreases in the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as the use of medications.

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What Exactly is a Brain Injury Conference? A vocabulary lesson

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It’s not what it sounds like…not where you go to be diagnosed with a brain injury. It’s a gathering of specially-trained folks; people in organizations who are valuable resources for individuals and families dealing with a serious head trauma and/or brain injury. And, no, it’s not boring; you do not need “medical jargon” as a second language! It’s a room filled with inviting booths where leaders in the brain injury community make available take-home materials and offer a sympathetic ear. There are break-out sessions featuring key-note speakers, usually experts in the field, who can speak from first-hand experience about the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.

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Marriage and Traumatic Brain Injury: A couples’ journey

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My husband Bill has a traumatic brain injury, associated with medication adverse reaction in combination with major depressive disorder.

Since January of 2006, after he entered the hospital, and was deemed lucky to be alive 5 different ways, I have been by his side. That is almost five years. Hospitalizations and crises concern our friends and people we know. But they look at this in small doses: three days here, four weeks there, etc.

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Risky business!

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The United States military branches are now concerned over the level of suicides and accidental deaths occurring among returning combat veterans. Many of the returning vets are seemingly prone to risky behavior. One example is a of a Senior Airman caught speeding at 120 mph in Florida, on his new motorcycle, 2 months after returning to the states.

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Journaling after Brain Injury – Why writing helps

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“Writing about something that bothers us helps us come to terms even with events we don’t fully understand, and then we can go on with other things.” This comment by James Pennebaker, a well known author and expert on journaling, provides the premise for Barbara Stahura’s interest in journaling after brain injury.

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Concussion and Football – What’s the big deal?

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Last Sunday evening, my husband and I were watching the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts football game on television – he with lots of quarterbacking from the couch and me with simmering patience as I waited for 60 Minutes to come on. But the game got my attention when the loud crack of a violent tackle resulted in a player lying unmoving on the field for close to 10 minutes.

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Where Are They Now?

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After we moved into our new quarters, we had to say goodbye to some old friends who were integral to our growth and the all-round upbeat atmosphere in the office. Briefly, here is an update of what they are currently doing:

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Workshop for Families in Vermont

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I spoke earlier this week at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont where I conducted a workshop on Grief, Loss and Coping: How families survive the emotional trauma of brain injury.

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The Little Engine That Could…..

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We were once a small company with big ideas and even bigger goals….to educate and share our knowledge of brain injury and head trauma. Success was just down the track and around the bend. With hard work we grew by leaps and bounds, eventually out-growing our former location. So we moved into new quarters boasting 2500 square feet of warehouse and offices.

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Concussions in High School Sports

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This is the title of an excellent article by Dr. George Wham, Jr. in the Fall 2010 issue of Headlights!, the newsletter of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. His research team at the University of South Carolina surveyed all high schools in SC to examine the medical care provided in their athletic programs. They found that SC schools with access to athletic training services provided a significantly higher level of medical care than schools without them.

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