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  • Military Comic Author Talks About New Book, How it Helps Vets

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    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The “Terminal Lance” series does contain foul language; adult discretion advised.

    Former Marine Maximilian Uriarte began self-publishing his irreverent and often not-safe-for-work online comic strip on life in the Marine Corps infantry, “Terminal Lance,” in 2010. Uriarte’s sharp wit strikes a chord with service members of every branch by highlighting the trials, idiosyncrasies and absurdities of military life.

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  • Super Bowl: Not ‘Super’ for Viewers with PTSD

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    More than 100 million Americans will tune in to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off in Super Bowl 50 Sunday. However, it may not be much of a party for many service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The emotions involved in the back-and-forth of a highly competitive game could be an issue for military members with PTSD.

    “Anything that is going to ramp up emotions you have to be careful about,” said Army Maj. Demietrice Pittman, a psychologist with Deployment Health Clinical Center. “Your emotions swing when you are watching the Super Bowl. Even if it is not your team it is usually a good matchup.”

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  • Clinician’s Corner: Top 10 Concussion Research Articles of 2015

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    As the Defense Department’s center of excellence for traumatic brain injury (TBI), one of the primary goals of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to stay up-to-date on the latest in brain injury research. A team of DVBIC experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest.

    Listed below and categorized by topic are the titles and summaries of these top 10 concussion research articles of 2015. Click on the links provided to access the complete abstract or article on PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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  • TBI Experts Debate Causes of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

    With the public taking a close look at whether repeated sports injuries cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted a webinar Jan. 14 on the topic.

    CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated head injuries. To date, it has mainly been studied by examining the brain tissue after death of a relatively small number of professional athletes who played contact sports.

    Two officials of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) — senior clinical consultant Dr. Donald Marion and program analyst Anne E. Bunner — staged a mock debate on whether sports injuries cause CTE.

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  • A Head for the Future Launches ‘TBI Champions’ Video Series

    Ed Rasmussen and Brian O’Rourke are former Navy SEALS who experienced multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from training incidents, received help and now manage their symptoms with support of their families.

    Randy Gross is a former Army staff sergeant who sustained a TBI from a motor vehicle collision. He sought treatment immediately for his injury, made a full recovery and is now a regional education coordinator at Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), helping other service members and veterans who have sustained a TBI.

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  • Success Story: Change What You Eat, Improve How You Feel

    Good nutrition is linked to brain health, good sleep, improving mental health and building resilience. In this blog post, Rich Lamberti, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) chief information officer, shares how he lost weight last year after years of trying.

    Happy new year, everyone! It’s that time of year again for resolutions and new gym memberships. On almost everyone’s list: drop a few extra pounds and get back in shape. Many of us don’t reach that goal; I know I didn’t until last year when I dropped 50 pounds. I hope my story motivates you to end 2016 with a little less weight and maybe even a new wardrobe.

    Eat Real Food

    I’ve been on a few diets in my life. Some worked, some didn’t, but the golden ticket for me wasn’t a diet. What’s the secret that took away my muffin top? Eat real food. Not so fast, you say, “I eat healthy every day, but I can’t shed a single pound.” I thought so too. I suggest that you start a journal and write down everything you eat for a week, and see what you are putting in your body. I think the results will amaze you.

    I’d been sweating my butt off, putting mile after mile on the stationary bike in my home gym, going nowhere fast – and not losing any weight. I’d sworn in January to get back to my baseball-playing weight of 180 pounds, but it seemed like 2015 was going to be another year I passed up the chance to play a sport I enjoy.

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