Recognition and Evaluation of Pediatric Concussions

Recognition and Evaluation of Pediatric Concussions Children’s Safety Network eNewsletter Oct 29, 2014 Given the increased awareness of concussion in pediatric athletes and several consensus statements in recent years we wanted to examine the attitudes and practices of pediatricians in regards to pediatric concussions. Pediatric concussions continue to be a very important topic in sports […]

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Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Headline from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) Do you know someone who has depression after sustaining a traumatic brain injury? Refer them to our Depression after TBI factsheet. Access the factsheet here: Depression after traumatic brain injury

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AUCD Legislative Brief: Administration for Community Living

October 20, 2014 | Vol. XIV, Issue 42 Administration for Community Living The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has just announced a reorganization in structure to better align missions and incorporate the Paralysis Resource Center and State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, which respectively moved from the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to […]

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The Utility of the Balance Error Scoring System for Mild Brain Injury Assessments in Children and Adolescents

Children’s Safety Network Oct 23, 2014 The Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) is widely recognized as an acceptable assessment of postural control for adult patients following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. However, the measurement properties of the BESS as a post-mTBI assessment test for younger patients are not well understood. The Utility […]

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New Data Available on WISQARS Nonfatal Injury and Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injury Modules

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention New Data Available on WISQARS Nonfatal Injury and Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injury Modules The Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury data from a variety of sources. Researchers, practitioners, the media, and the general public can […]

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Putting Our Heads Together: Collaborating for Student Success after Concussion | Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

Oct 08, 2014 The fact that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity indicates the need for more people to have a better awareness of concussion management. This article describes why a team approach to concussion education is necessary, and provides specific strategies for concussion prevention. […]

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The Moderating Effects of Sex and Age on the Association between Traumatic Brain Injury and Harmful Psychological Correlates among Adolescents | PLoS ONE

Oct 08, 2014 Although it is well established that sex is a risk factor in acquiring a traumatic brain injury (TBI) among adolescents, it has not been established whether it also moderates the influence of other TBI psychological health correlates. The Moderating Effects of Sex and Age on the Association between Traumatic Brain Injury and […]

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CDC Vital Signs: “Costly but Preventable”

Oct 08, 2014 This month’s CDC Vital Signs series presents the latest CDC findings on the health burden and costs of motor vehicle crash injuries in the United States. The issue includes proven strategies for increasing restraint use, reducing impaired driving, and improving teen driver safety. CDC Vital Signs October: “Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries: Costly […]

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Kids and Concussion: Early Recognition Is Key to Recovery

Huffington Post Article by Shannon Babineau, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Director of Pediatric Headache Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital A new school year has begun. Playgrounds are full of children chasing, tumbling and climbing. Sports fields teem with young athletes practicing football, field hockey, and […]

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Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

ABLE Act (September 29, 2014) Leading bipartisan Senate negotiators on the ABLE Act (S. 313/H.R. 647) have announced that they have reached an agreement to move forward on the bill. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement on September 19 that they have “reached a […]

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Lauer Testifies on Capitol Hill

Geoffrey Lauer, USBIA IA, Executive Director, testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on barriers to people with brain injury and other disabilities. Click the title above to see a picture of Lauer with Committee Chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). To see a video of the hearing, click here:  

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S.2539 – TBI Reauthorization Act of 2014 – Additional Information Added

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced S. 2539, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act, which would authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2019 for traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention and surveillance or registry programs. That bill also heads to the House. Senators Pass TBI Act Reauthorization The Senate passed the TBI Reauthorization of 2014, S. 2539, […]

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USBIA Welcomes New Board Member

Marilyn Price Spivack joins USBIA as its newest board member.  She is the Neurotrauma Outreach Coordinator at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, and she is the co-founder and past president of the National Head Injury Foundation, now known as the Brain Injury Association of America. In 1975, she was a wife, mother, and business owner. Her […]

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Congress Passes Bill Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

by Michelle Diament, Alliance for Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities A bill that would significantly limit young people with disabilities from entering sheltered workshop programs is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 415 to 6 Wednesday to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Included in the bill are […]

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USBIA Supports Bill to Serve Veterans

USBIA is pleased to announce that provisions of a bill designed to serve veterans with brain injury is expected to become law in short order.  The bill, Senate Bill No. 2607 (S.2607) is sponsored by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, is known as “The Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Extension Act.” […]

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