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re: Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.

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"I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability."  ≈ Susan Boyle

Articles & Publications

  • Florida Hospital Defends Secretly Deporting Patient (Yahoo News – 7/23/09)
    All sides agree on one thing in a strange case of a South Florida hospital that secretly repatriated a seriously brain injured patient back to Guatemala.
  • Impact of Early Intervention on Outcome After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (American Academy of Petiatrics)
    A basic article on mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and early intervention.
  • Michigan Resource Guide for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury and their Familes (8/2007)
    Info on available aid and services, along with explanations of syptoms and the impacts for individuals and families.
  • Military Leads in Brain Injury Care, Specialists Say (U.S. Dept. of Defense)
    Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps medical specialists are working closely together and with civilian experts to develop the best prevention, diagnosis and treatment practices for traumatic brain injuries, service representatives said yesterday.
  • New Treatment Could Prevent Severe Disabilities in Trauma Patients (CBS – 3/6/12)
    Traumatic brain injuries are often fatal or leave people with severe disabilities. Now a breakthrough treatment is being tested here in Philadelphia that could change everything.
  • The Girlfriend's Guide to TBI: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You (
    While dealing with the swirling questions and frustrations from her brain injury, Lisa came across a book called The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You. It occurred to her that she — and many people like her with a brain injury — could use such a guide when it came to dealing with the symptoms resulting from her injury. Although Lisa's brain injury occured from an aneurysm, the items in her guide can help anyone with a brain injury, no matter the cause.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (
    Traumatic Brain Injury can have a significant impact on classroom performance and may affect cognitive, social, physical and psychological functioning which can vary from being quite severe or to being quite mild depending on the amount of damage. TBI usually results from accidents or from a blow to the head. TBI isn't used for a person born with a brain injury or injured during birth. For the most part, every brain injury is different as the part of the brain involved in the injury may vary. Many children will have lifelong disabilities as a direct result of TBI.
  • What a Way to Come Home
    An article about a U.S. Marine who was blinded and sustained a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. Also see "Home Fires" blog for his entry.

Organizations & Services

  • American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists
    Info from certification exam preparation course (Legal and Ethnical Issues)
  • Brain Injury Association of America
    Serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan
    A non-profit organization that brings together people with brain injury, their families, friends, and concerned professionals to improve the quality of life that people experience after brain injury.
  • Brain Injury Resource Center
    Services and resources on this site reflect the best practices in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury.
    Preventing, treating and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • New Research Opportunity for Family Caregivers (Brain Injury Assn. – June 2012)
    The University of Windsor (Canada) are inviting individuals who provide care for a family member with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to participate in an online study of the mental, social, and emotional impact of TBI on survivors and family caregivers.
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
    Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare brain disorder that causes serious and permanent problems with control of gait and balance.

Resources: Websites & Blogs

  • Brain Injury News and Information Blog – DeCaro & Kaplen, LLP
    The latest news and information on brain injury, traumatic epilepsy and other brain trauma.
  • Disability Groups File Amicus in Brtancourt v. Trinitas (futility case)
    Trinitas Hospital, determined of its own accord to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a patient. Treating him, the hospital’s doctors said, was “harming” him because it was “futile,” since he would not recover from the brain damage he had incurred post-operatively at Trinitas on January 22, 2008, and that he was “dying,” despite having no terminal diagnosis.
  • Information Connections
    A website for parents of children with developmental disabilities and chronic diseases serves as an information portal to resources with a special focus on autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury, among others.
  • Medical Decision-Making After a Traumatic Brain Injury (
    People who’ve had traumatic brain injury might not be thinking straight but still may have to make crucial medical decisions.