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Brain Injury Association of America Announces Awareness Month, Capitol Day in Washington, D.C.

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2015-2017 awareness campaign is Not Alone.

More than 2.5 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States every year, and an additional 1 million face the effects of non-traumatic brain injuries, like stroke. Estimates indicate that 5.3 million Americans live with brain injury-related disabilities at a cost exceeding $82 billion annually.

“People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want – a good job, someone to love, a comfortable home, and fun in their lives,” commented Susan H. Connors, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by their injuries.”

The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available. Information on Brain Injury Awareness Month, including educational material and downloadable collateral, is available at biausa.org/NotAlone.

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), has designated March 22, 2017, as Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. This day provides an opportunity for advocates from around the country to network and discuss key issues surrounding brain injury. Additional information can be found at biausa.org/Awareness2017.

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Could ‘Brain Shake’ Speed Path to Recovery from Concussion?

A new product was introduced today that holds great promise for maintaining and improving the health of the brain.

What separates Peak Health’s Bran Shake product from anything else on the market is that it is comprehensive and the foundation of the product is science.

Its not cheap. But for a product that holds so much promise, it may be worth considering for those suffering the cumulative effects of concussion, or a single concussion.

“The world’s leading researchers in nutrition have identified specific nutrients that are important for promoting brain health,” said Dr. Stacey Bell, the company’s team leader in the research area and formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. “Yet, no one has ever combined these nutrients into a complete meal.  This is what the Brain Shake has – everything your brain needs and nothing it does not.”

The Brain Shake, which can be purchased at https://peakhealth.shop/, or www.thebrainshake.com, contains 119 nutrients (Chocolate) that have been shown in scientific studies to improve memory, cognition, focus, performance, and sharpness and to protect the brain as we age.

One of the foremost authorities on nutrition and the brain also weighed in.

“This is the first comprehensive food or drink being brought to market that I have seen intended to improve the performance of the brain, as well as protect our brain as we age,” said Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the leading authority on the role of nutrition and the brain with more than 150 papers published on that topic.

In a press release, the company noted that “The Brain Shake™ is a complete meal, containing an excellent source of protein, 25 vitamins and minerals, fiber and omega-3s. It also contains Peak Health’s proprietary BrainCare™ a proprietary blend of nutrients (https://peakhealth.shop/pages/health) that target memory, focus, cognition, performance and long-term brain health.  The Brain Shake has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It is also GMO-free, gluten-free, and contains no added sugar.

“Peak Health believes in supporting independent nutritional research and is currently funding four major studies with leading research universities concerning the importance of nutrient-rich foods and brain health, satiety, obesity/diet, and children development.”

Dr. Bell added: “We built the Brain ShakeTM based on the most accepted, peer-reviewed research studies on brain health and nutrition. To continue to expand our understanding, we are launching a major clinical study with a world-renowned research university to further demonstrate the effect the Brain Shake has on brain health.”

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Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

(Editor’s Note: Here is one of two conferences featured in the latest issue of Concussion Litigation Alert)

Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health Conference

Harvard Law School in Milstein West will host a 2017 Sports Symposium on March 7th entitled “Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health.”

While details are still being finalized, it is currently scheduled to include the following:

  • Concussion Legacy Foundation Presentation: A presentation by Chris Nowinski and the Concussion Legacy Foundation;
  • Team/NFL/NFLPA Panel: A panel discussing football player health from the perspective of teams, the NFL, and the NFLPA (including Arthur McAfee of the NFL and Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings);
  • NCAA Panel: An NCAA-focused panel (including Oliver Luck of the NCAA, Coach Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth/MVP Mobile Dummies, and Brant Berkstresser of Harvard Athletics/Harvard Sports Medicine);
  • Player Panel: A football player panel (including Andrew Hawkins and Stephon Tuitt)
  • Keynote (address or moderated conversation)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a Gold Sponsor of the event. For more information, contact codonnell@jd17.law.harvard.edu

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