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January 9, 2013
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  • Study rejects link between brain injury, dementia risk
    People who suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness were at no greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia later in life, but they were more likely to suffer another brain injury, according to a study of more than 4,000 older adults. The findings appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers cautioned that their study should not be confused with findings on the effects of multiple brain injuries suffered by former football and hockey players and other athletes. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Defense bill includes provisions for behavioral health
    The 2013 defense authorization bill, which was signed by President Barack Obama, contains far-reaching reform efforts for military behavioral health services aimed at combating a rise in military suicides. The provisions call for expanded services for families of veterans, a Pentagon analysis of best practices in suicide prevention efforts from all military branches and the creation of a standard military-wide approach. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)/FOB Tacoma blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Veterans Health Administration 
  • Supreme Court rejects veterans' appeal on VA claims
    The Supreme Court has rejected a request from veterans to hear an appeal on claims the Department of Veterans Affairs' long processing times for referrals and treatment leave mental health care practically inaccessible to veterans with conditions such as PTSD. The high court was asked to reassess an appellate court ruling from spring 2012 that federal judges do not have the authority to compel changes to veterans' health care system-wide. San Francisco Chronicle (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Medical Research 
  • MRI better than CT scan at detecting TBI damage
    Researchers studied 135 patients with mild traumatic brain injury and found that magnetic resonance imaging was more effective than early computed tomography at assessing head injuries. The findings suggest MRI may be a better tool in predicting long-term brain damage than CT scans. The study appeared in the Annals of Neurology. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Diabetes program bolsters health in Native Americans
    American Indian and Alaska Native patients with prediabetes who participated in the Diabetes Prevention Program attained improvements in body weight, blood pressure and blood lipid levels, with the effects extending up to three years following the intervention, a study found. The results were published in Diabetes Care. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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