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Yes, there is an app for TBI

TBI App

TBI App

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) extends far beyond combat Veterans. TBI is most often caused by falls, vehicle accidents, and violence and is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. To meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussions, the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application that provides tools to assess symptoms and facilitate the use of coping strategies. The app is a useful tool, but it is intended to support treatment with a healthcare professional, and not used to replace professional diagnosis, medical treatment or rehabilitation therapies for those who need them. Concussion Coach was collaboratively developed by VA’s Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology

The app is available for Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and IPod Touch) from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/concussion-coach/id713590872?ls=1&mt=8, and will be made available for Google Play later in 2014.

 


Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes to Ride in Cross-Country

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes to Ride in Cross-Country“Race Across America” to Raise Money for Troops Combating Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress

PRWEB.COM Newswire

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

A group of eight elite amateur and former professional athletes will ride their bicycles over 3,000 miles, coast-to-coast, in the 32nd Annual Race Across America in order to raise $250,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which is building a set of nine medical diagnostic and treatment centers to help wounded military heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

via Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes to Ride in Cross-Country“Race Across America” to Raise Money for Troops Combating Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress – Press Release – Digital Journal.


TBI/PTSD Survey Logs More Than 1,600 Participants | Business Wire

TBI/PTSD Survey Logs More Than 1,600 Participants

The American Legion’s online survey runs through the month of February

February 13, 2014 02:42 PM Eastern Standard Time

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Since Feb. 3, more than 1,600 veterans have taken advantage of an American Legion online survey for those suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“We want to hear directly from veterans on their experiences as patients, and whether they believe they are receiving timely and high-quality health care.”

The survey is part of the Legion’s continuing research on the two mental-health issues that, together, affect more than a half-million veterans. In 2010, the Legion created a committee to study treatments used for TBI and PTSD by the private sector, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

via TBI/PTSD Survey Logs More Than 1,600 Participants | Business Wire.


Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Receives $500,000 Donation From The Military Order Of The… — NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Receives $500,000 Donation From The Military Order Of The Purple Heart Service Foundation To Jumpstart Construction Of Fourth Medical Center To Treat Traumatic Brain Injury And Post-Traumatic Stress In TroopsFort Bragg, NC NICoE Satellite Center to Break Ground Later This Year

via Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Receives $500,000 Donation From The Military Order Of The… — NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —.

Consumer Updates > Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No

Concussion?

TBI

The ClaimsExploiting the publics rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries TBIs.The Food and Drug Administration FDA is monitoring the marketplace and taking enforcement actions where appropriate, issuing warning letters to firms—the usual first step for dealing with claims that products labeled as dietary supplements are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The agency is also warning consumers to avoid purported dietary supplements marketed with claims to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other TBIs because the claims are not backed with scientific evidence that the products are safe or effective for such purposes. These products are sold on the Internet and at various retail outlets, and marketed to consumers using social media, including Facebook and Twitter.One common claim: Using a particular dietary supplement promotes faster healing times after a concussion or other TBI.

via Consumer Updates > Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No.