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Diagnosing & Treating Brain Injury

As of 2011, more than 212,000 service members sustained a TBI, many from blast injuries — the primary cause of TBI in combat. And symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and TBI often overlap, making diagnosis and treatment more challenging.

Brain injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan have triggered the most advanced medical trauma response in history. Because of this highly advanced care, survival rates are higher than in any previous wars.

Once diagnosed, TBI is treated by a complex plan of medical rehabilitation, which can include a combination of rest, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, and medication.

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen: Finding Help After a TBI

Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen: Finding Help After a TBI
January 26, 2016
Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen experienced multiple concussions and now tells others who may have experienced a TBI to “talk to somebody you know who has one — because we’re out there.”

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Wireless Sensor Enables Study of Blast-Induced TBI

Wireless Sensor Enables Study of Blast-Induced TBI
November 24, 2015
A new system that has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.

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More Diagnosing & Treating Brain Injury

Treating Concussion at the Primary Care Level

Treating Concussion at the Primary Care Level
July 15, 2014
Oftentimes, though in a civilian population, what you're dealing with isn't an acute concussion. You're dealing with these co-occurring conditions which have been brewing for a long time…

Tools for Recognizing Concussions in Theater

Tools for Recognizing Concussions in Theater
June 30, 2014
Col. Sidney Hinds, MD talks about guidelines and systems used in the combat setting to help diagnose concussion — from the MACE card to the incidence-based reporting system.

The Move to an Incident-Reporting System to Identify and Treat Concussions

The Move to an Incident-Reporting System to Identify and Treat Concussions
June 30, 2014
Col. Sidney Hinds, MD talks about why an incident-reporting system of concussions in combat is more effective than a patient- or symptom-reporting system.

The Progressive Return to Activity After a Combat-Related Concussion

The Progressive Return to Activity After a Combat-Related Concussion
June 30, 2014
Col. Sidney Hinds, MD talks about TBI care in military concussion care centers, concussion specialists, and evacuation, depending on the severity of injury.

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Adam at Ease

A video blog by Veteran Adam Anicich

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now
Adam thanks you — his blog viewers and supporters — and encourages you to continue the discussion and awareness raising about TBI and PTSD; the battle does not stop here.

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury
If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

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