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A Denver-based study exposes the strong connection between traumatic brain injury and incarceration.
DENVER — At age 14, Matthew Espinoza was shot seven times, including one bullet to the head.

After waking up from a 3 1/2-month coma, he knew something was wrong. "I wasn't like I used to be," Espinoza, now 38, says, adding that he started to experience hallucinations, migraines, dizziness and memory loss.

He was involved with a gang before he was shot, and a few months after he recovered, he was charged with murder and attempted murder in another incident; those charges were dropped, but he served time in Denver County Jail for gun possession. While in solitary confinement, known as "the hole," he says the guards beat him up, leaving him with a hematoma in his neck, a blood clot in his eye and additional brain injuries.

He was 15.

"I had a lot of problems with the sheriffs," says Espinoza, who was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia a few years after his shooting.
"The whole time I was (in the hole), they just heard me singing 'I Shot the Sheriff,' and they went in there and beat my ass," he says.

Espinoza was then transferred to a juvenile facility and released after a couple of years when he was around 19. He suffered yet another brain injury in 2000 during a car crash, in which he was charged with driving under the influence. After waking up from a 1 1/2-month coma, he ran for five years before serving that sentence. He has since spent time in and out of jails and had one stint in prison. Espinoza's latest charge was another DUI in 2013, after which he ran for about two years before turning himself into authorities.

For the first time in his life, he's close to successfully completing probation from this last stint behind bars. Espinoza says he attributes his recent success to his work with the  Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado  (BIAC), a nonprofit organization that provides traumatic brain injury survivors with the proper resources to thrive in society.

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CNRS-University of Bordeaux presents the urgent further need of research for paediatric traumatic brain injury, a complex brain disorder.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as the result of an external mechanical force applied to the head, causing damage to the brain. The pathology of Traumatic Brain Injury is heterogeneous; it is, therefore, very complex and depends, amongst other factors, on the patient’s age, sex, and the location and severity of the injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability, particularly amongst the young population. In fact, Traumatic Brain Injury is especially prevalent among children and young adults with an incidence in Europe of 235 per 100,000.

There are around seven million TBI patients in the European Union.1 It is very important to note that most TBI cases occur in the paediatric age range, and they entail long-term consequences. At least 20% of the paediatric patients hospitalised after TBI will live with lifelong physical disabilities. In addition, paediatric TBI patients often have cognitive impairments with persistent attention, memory and concentration deficits, as well as emotional disorders including anxiety and depression, which greatly influence their academic and work performance, and causes profound social dysfunction later in life. It then becomes clear that the costs for rehabilitation and educational support after paediatric TBI are an important financial burden for the European society and worldwide.

Despite the socio-economic costs for society, research in this field has been underfunded compared to the other neurological disorders.

It's not just vital in the U.S. CLICK HERE t o find out more about the needs for additional research and funding in Europe.
A few months ago, Jon Wocelka moved into a new apartment.
That might seem like a ordinary rite of passage for most people. But for Wocelka, a 35-year-old Rochester man who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car, the achievement was akin to scaling a mountain.

“It continues every day,” Wocelka said about his recovery.
Wocelka has no memory of the accident. Five years ago, he was walking along U.S. Highway 14 near Owatonna at 2 a.m. when he was stuck by a car driven by a drunken driver.

Wocelka was told by his mom afterward that his heart flat-lined five times. He was in a medically induced coma for two months.
“My brain basically said, ‘Since we have a traumatic injury, I’m just going to shut down,’” Wocelka said.

And so it did. When he was awakened from his coma, he had to relearn fundamental tasks — how to use a restroom, how to feed himself, how to use utensils — as if he were a 3-year-old.
When he arrived at ABC Ability Building Center to continue his rehabilitation, Wocelka was frustrated and angry at the world. Prior to his accident, Wocelka had worked at a factory and tasks he had once taken for granted now caused him fits.
In spasms of anger at ABC, he would storm out of the building.

“I would just walk out of the building,” he said. “I wasn’t prepared to deal with it. I was just pissed off at the world.”

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You know Lee Woodruff from the immediate success of her first book, In an Instant, co-authored with husband and ABC anchor, Bob Woodruff. Now Lee, a lifelong writer with a remarkable straight-from-the-gut style, digs deep in Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress to give honest reflections on navigating life’s rougher pavement, imperfections, trials and triumphs.

From family and friends to motherhood and aging—Lee puts it all out there in this bold, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always surprising take on life. Lee concludes it’s really not about the neck in I Feel Worse About My Knees, contemplates the tipping point when her teenagers stopped wanting hugs and started wanting space in Adolescence, painstakingly realizes she and her sisters are now their parents’ keepers in My Dad, unveils her husband’s consistently curious gift taste in Nothing With a Plug, Please, reflects on leaving a legacy for her three daughters in Jewelry Box and offers insights about what to do—and what not to do—when someone you know faces a crisis.

Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress is a deeply personal look at a well lived life in progress and the many roles played by a modern American wife, mother, daughter, and friend—it is the book you’ll want to share with every woman you know.
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