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MHS Minute March 2021

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4/1/2021
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March marked Brain Injury Awareness month in the military. We're spotlighting efforts across the MHS to combat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and better understand how TBI impacts our Service members. For more information about the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), go to walterreed.tricare.mil/NICoE For more info on the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE), go to Health.mil/TBICoE

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DHA Centers of Excellence collaborate to improve TBI care

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3/31/2021
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The centers of excellence are divisions of the Defense Health Agency Research and Development Directorate.

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DOD warfighter brain health draft plan has six priorities

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3/31/2021
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Cognitive testing documentation throughout a service member’s career and beyond is one of six major operational concerns and priorities of service members.

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Balancing rest, activity key to recovering from concussion

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3/17/2021
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A newly revised suite of tools and resources for military health care providers will help improve the treatment of service members with concussions, and ensure their safe return to full duty.

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Military researchers gain new insights into brain injuries

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3/16/2021
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Blast injury research helps to fill knowledge gaps about brain injury.

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Army Announces FDA Clearance of Field Deployable TBI Blood Test

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3/12/2021
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The US Army announced Food & Drug Administration clearance of a field-deployable traumatic brain injury blood test.

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Distinguishing between TBIs, psychological conditions key to treatment

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3/10/2021
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Expert says long-lasting symptoms may be a sign of another issue.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

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3/8/2021
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A TBI is a blow or jolt to the brain that can be life-altering if the symptoms are not recognized. If you or a loved one experience the symptoms mentioned in this video, speak to a health care professional for more information.

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New NICoE director sets an ambitious agenda for the future

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3/8/2021
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The accomplished new leader of the NICoE and Intrepid Spirit Center network has plans for increased services and a higher profile for the unique care center.

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Updated tools and training improve TBI and concussion recovery

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3/3/2021
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Up-to-date clinical tools help diagnose and manage TBI on and off the battlefield.

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month; TBICoE’s mission lasts all year

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3/2/2021
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Staying a-head of TBI

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Progressive Return to Activity After Concussion Video

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2/25/2021
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The PRA is an evidence-based, easy-to-use approach to help providers return service members with mild TBIs back to duty safely. TBICoE researchers have found that, if medical providers completed a two-hour, in-person training on the use of the PRA, their patients saw an overall reduction in symptoms after one week, one month, and three months, when compared to patients treated by providers who had not received the training.

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Brain Injury Awareness Month "Be TBI Ready" Infographic

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2/24/2021
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Be TBI Ready. A traumatic brain injury—or TBI—is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of the TBI is determined at the time of the injury and may be classified as: mild, moderate, severe, or penetrating.

During Brain Injury Awareness Month, TBICoE and the MHS will promote the theme “Be TBI Ready” — recognizing that health care providers and others in the military community need to be aware of the latest educational trainings, research, fact sheets, and other available resources to prevent, diagnose, and treat TBI.

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Returning to Duty After Concussion

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2/24/2021
What's the best way to recover from a concussion? Returning to duty too soon after a concussion can lead to prolonged symptoms, decreased readiness, poor marksmanship, accidents and falls, and increased risk of more concussions. Progressively increasing activity in a step-wise manner can help you resolve your symptoms and return to duty safely. Ask your primary health care provider about TBICoE's Progressive Return to Activity to help you return to duty as quickly and safely as possible. Visit health.mil/TBICoE.

This TBICoE infographic gives an overview of the risks of returning to duty too soon after a concussion and explains how a progressive increase in activity can help get you back to duty safely. Returning to duty too soon after concussion can lead to prolonged symptoms, poor marksmanship, decreased readiness, accidents and falls, and increased risk of more concussions.

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Sleep and TBI

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2/8/2021
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Sleep disturbances are common for service members and veterans following a mild TBI, also known as concussion.

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