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April 14, 2014

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This American Forces Press Service special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

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Army Surgeon General: Brain Health 'New Frontier'

Brain health is the "new frontier" in science said Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho as she kicked off a two-day consortium on the topic. Story

Back-to-School Guide Aids Service Members, Veterans With Brain Injuries

Reading, writing and arithmetic might be easier for some people than others, but for service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries, returning to school can be challenging. Story

New Clinical Recommendations Released for TBI Injuries

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new recommendations to help service members who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. Story

Dempsey Praises Veterans' Rehabilitation Program

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the members the Veterans Treatment Court Convention for helping veterans, especially a generation of service members that has lived through 12 years of repeated deployments into intense combat. Story

New Book Provides Resilience, Mental Health Resources

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences here has published a new book titled, "Disaster, Disease and Distress: Resources to Promote Psychological Health and Resilience in Military and Civilian Communities." Story

National Plan Supports Veterans' Mental Health, Brain Injury Care

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered here yesterday to discuss the future of veterans' mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Story

Maryland Nurses Learn About DOD Brain Injury Trends

After more than a decade of war, the Defense Department has "copious amounts" of traumatic brain injury research and pathways to cures, a top official at Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center said as she described the latest DOD treatments for members of the Maryland Nurses Association in Baltimore. Story

Army Leader Urges National Discussion on PTSD, TBI

Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are not just military-specific issues, and deserve a national discussion with a focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues, the deputy chief of staff for operations with Army Medical Command said. Story

DOD Establishes Tissue Bank to
Study Brain Injuries

The Defense Department has established the world's first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced. Story

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Incidence Charts (DOD TBI numbers)

DOD Numbers for Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence by Armed Forces Branch

DOD Numbers for Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence by Severity


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