Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion

Updated:   10/2/2014
Contains:  75 items
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Back on Track: After a traumatic brain injury, Matthew Ponder wanted to run competitively again. He achieved that and so much more, says his mother, Tamika.

Wynn, Paul

Neurology Now. 12(6):21, December/January 2016.

Readers Like Me: A traumatic brain injury doesn't keep Matthew Ponder down.

Survive and Thrive: Bob Woodruff received the best care and attention after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—and made a remarkable recovery. Today, his foundation tries to ensure the same outcome for other TBI survivors.

Roberts-Grey, Gina

Neurology Now. 12(2):40-43, April/May 2016.

Bob Woodruff received the best care after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—and made a remarkable recovery. Today, his foundation tries to ensure the same outcome for other TBI survivors.

Brain Boost: For people who have persistent symptoms after a traumatic brain injury, a cognitive training program may help.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 12(1):18, February/March 2016.

Neurology News: Learn how people may improve brain function even 10 years after a traumatic brain injury

Raising Hope: After a neurologic diagnosis, some people get stuck in despair while others find a way to move on. Try these strategies to rebuild your life.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 11(6):22-27, December/January 2015.

How to move beyond the despair of a devastating neurologic diagnosis.

Dig Deep: A rehabilitation neuropsychologist reflects on the strength and resilience of people reinventing their lives after a traumatic brain injury.

Dams-O'connor, Kristen

Neurology Now. 11(5):70, October/November 2015.

A neuropsychologist reflects on how people with traumatic brain injury reinvent their lives.

The Voice: Caring for her younger brother, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Farley, Todd; Bolster, Mary

Neurology Now. 11(5):40-43, October/November 2015.

Caring for her younger brother Christian, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels TV and radio host Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Heads First: The number of children who sustain concussions is on the rise. Sports organizations are responding with stricter policies to ensure safer play. Here's what parents and coaches need to know.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 11(4):14-19, August/September 2015.

Youth concussions are on the rise. Sports organizations are responding with stricter policies to ensure safer play. Here's what you need to know

Anger Management: Many neurologic conditions can cause difficult behavioral changes. Try these strategies for keeping your loved one's aggression or confusion in check.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 11(3):12-15, June/July 2015.

Many neurologic conditions can cause difficult behavioral changes. Try these strategies for keeping your loved one's aggression or confusion in check.

Turn Staring Into Caring: The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful—and can make symptoms worse. Patients and doctors teach us how to turn negative reactions into positive encounters.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 11(1):34-38, February/March 2015.

Patients share their strategies for overcoming the stigma associated with a neurologic disorder.

Tracking Traumatic Brain Injury: What new biomarkers may reveal about concussion over the short and long term.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 10(3):24-31, June/July 2014.

What do new biomarkers reveal about the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion? In this article, we explain the imaging technology currently available to diagnose TBI—as well as the ongoing research on risk factors, and the short- and long-term consequences of brain injuries.

High Note: After leaving the NFL because of repeated concussion, Ben Utecht has found a new sense of purpose in music and advocacy.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now. 10(2):17-19, April/May 2014.

Following his fifth documented concussion, Ben Utecht's six-year National Football League career came abruptly to an end. “After suffering multiple concussions, there have been changes in my cognitive functioning,” Utecht says. But he has found a renewed sense of purpose as a recording artist, motivational speaker, and advocate for brain health. Now, Utecht is being honored with the American Academy of Neurology's Public Leadership in Neurology award.

You've Survived a TBI, but Will Your Marriage?

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 9(6):20-23, December/January 2013.

Medicine has made great strides in prolonging the life expectancy of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). “Where we haven't come a long way is on psychological recovery and sustaining relationships,” says Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D. Here, couples discuss recovery after severe TBI.

A Flood of Emotions: Treating the uncontrollable crying and laughing of pseudobulbar affect.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 8(1):26-29, February-march 2012.

Many individuals with pseudobulbar affect—characterized by prolonged and unexplained episodes of laughing and crying—live in constant fear of their next outburst. Now, with one medication already approved by the FDA and other treatments in the works, patients may finally be able to regain control of their emotions and their lives.

Sounds of Silence: Living with tinnitus can be frustrating—even debilitating. But with the right treatment, people can learn to tune out the noise.

Gamble, Kate Huvane

Neurology Now. 8(1):20-25, February-march 2012.

Roughly 36 million Americans never experience silence. Instead, they hear a constant ringing or buzzing in their ears known as tinnitus. Photographer David Keenan tells Neurology Now how he learned to turn down the volume of this potentially debilitating disorder.

Neurology News: Neurologists asked to probe for violence

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 8(1):10, February-march 2012.

Neurology News: A position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) on signs of abuse in patients, a new guideline on the interaction of HIV drugs and anti-epilepsy drugs, and information on the AAN's upcoming Brain Health Fair.

Get Well, Spend Less: How to save money on treatment costs through patient assistance programs.

Samson, Kurt

Neurology Now. 7(5):59-63, October-November 2011.

Along with the emotional and physical costs of being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder come the tangible costs of treatment. Read here to discover the many organizations, foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and social media sites that can help you save money while receiving top-notch health care.

A New Game Plan for Concussion: As new research on the dangers of concussions is uncovered, treatment on sports sidelines is changing—from the little leagues to the professional level.


Neurology Now. 7(1):28-31,35, February-March 2011.

As new research on the dangers of concussion is uncovered, athletic organizations at every level—from Pop Warner football to the National football League—are revising the rules that dictate what type of personnel must be present at sporting events, and how to determine if an athlete can suit up… or should sit down.

When the Nose Doesn't Know


Neurology Now. 6(5):22-23,27-29, September-October 2010.

When the Nose Doesn't Know: Once smell and taste are lost, their importance in everyday life—from detecting spoiled food, to warning of a fire, to enjoying a meal—becomes obvious. Here, a neurologist who shares his patients' loss of smell and taste offers advice on how best to cope with this underappreciated problem.

Your Brain on Ice


Neurology Now. 5(2):26-29, March-April 2009.

Cooling the body after cardiac arrest or stroke can save precious brain function. In Europe, cooling has become the standard of care for cardiac arrest. In the U.S., “It's a complete hit or miss,” says Stephan Mayer, M.D., who runs a cooling unit, “depending on where you live and where the ambulance takes you.” Here's what you should know about cooling's risks and benefits.

Am I Nothing but What I Remember?

Cooper, Andrea

Neurology Now. 4(4):24-27, July-August 2008.

At 21, Denise Reagor assumed that she knew who she was. sure, there were discoveries to be made, but she figured her personality was pretty much formed. Most of us make the same assumption, and most of us are wrong. If you've ever wondered what it's like to rebuild your life from scratch, read the story of Reagor's amnesia.

On the Front Lines


Neurology Now. 4(2):33-34, March-April 2008.

The army's success in treating injuries in Iraq has led civilian doctors to adopt these new pain-management strategies.

Kids Talk


Neurology Now. 4(2):26,28-30, March-April 2008.

You can—and should—speak to your children about your neurological condition. Even if they're too young to understand everything about multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, head injury, muscular dystrophy, or migraine, you probably won't be able to hide it from them. And there's no reason to. Here's how to open the lines of communication.

The Patient Revolution


Neurology Now. 4(1):23-26, January-February 2008.

Becoming a patient advocate empowers you to help others, and yourself. “A cure would be nice,” says Parkinson's advocate Jackie Hunt Christensen, “but what I really am working toward is preventing other people from getting the disease.” Stephanie Cajigal profiles a truly inspiring group of people and offers tips on how to become an advocate.



Neurology Now. 3(5):22-23,27-32, September-October 2007.

As more pro athletes go public about the impact of concussion on their lives, doctors, patients, researchers, and caregivers are all starting to take head injury more seriously. Here's what you need to know about keeping your brain safe and sound.



Neurology Now. 3(4):26-29, July-August 2007.

An inside look at how people with neurological disorders and their spouses face illness as a couple. Find out the benefits of support groups and couples counseling and how to choose or start a group.