Quick Tips to Avoid TBI When Playing Winter Sports

Winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing, and skating are fun and a great way to stay active in the cold months. They also come with a risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A 2013 study from Norway found that TBI was the leading cause of death for competitive skiers and snowboarders. In the study, 245 head or face injuries were reported during seven seasons. Freestyle skiers—those who do jumps and ski on hills—had the highest rate of TBI. The study also found that more women than men incur TBI while skiing. To reduce your risk, keep these strategies in mind.

Keep Your Baby Safe from Neurologic Birth Defects

Certain drugs used to treat neurologic conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis can be dangerous to a growing fetus. Historically, women with neurologic conditions were told they couldn't have children or that the pregnancy would make the condition worse. Today, doctors know better and can discuss the pros and cons and all the options with women before they conceive. Together, they can devise a plan to keep mother and baby safe. Read more about how to protect your pregnancy.

Learn How Alcohol Affects Teenage Brains

Lots of teenagers start drinking out of boredom or peer pressure or to look cool—and may think it's no big deal. But teenagers who drink increase their risk of fatal car accidents, irresponsible sexual behavior, and alcohol poisoning. They also risk doing permanent damage to their brains, which are still developing in adolescence. If you're a teenage or a parent to a teenager, learn more about how to safeguard against the neurologic dangers of alcohol.

Discuss Your Life Goals with Your Doctor

Sharing personal goals like wanting to lose weight or exercise more with your doctor is important. But it's equally important to share life goals such as wanting to walk your daughter down the aisle when you have Parkinson's disease. Or wanting to do well on exams when taking a medication that might affect mental alertness. Your doctor can be a powerful ally in helping you achieve all your goals.

Life After Brain Injury

Eleven years ago this month, Bob Woodruff, a television correspondent for ABC News, was embedded with a unit in Iraq when his convoy hit a roadside bomb. Woodruff sustained shrapnel wounds in his head and underwent an emergency craniotomy. After waking from a five-week, medically induced coma, Woodruff began his remarkable recovery. Today, he's the face of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization he established with his wife and brothers to ensure wounded veterans get the same care and support he received. "To this day, I still improve," says Woodruff. "There's hope out there, and we won't stop trying to provide it to those living with traumatic brain injury."


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