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NICoE in the News Archive

To read some of the NICoE's archived print or online media features please refer to the links below:

 ""Author: NICoE Staff
Source: NICoE
Date: 7/24/2015
"A brain injury can change the way a person experiences and expresses intimacy. The type and severity of the injury, hormonal changes, medications, fatigue and mood changes are just a few of the things that can affect the way a person responds to intimacy after a traumatic brain injury. Talking about sexual health and intimacy can be uncomfortable for both patients and providers, but it’s crucial for patients and their loved ones to seek professional advice and talk about sexual health after a brain injury. NICoE Psychotherapist Glenn Parkinson has some advice for clinicians who might be unsure of how to broach the topic with their patients."
 "Traumatic Brain Injury: The Solution Is Here for Servicemen and Civilians Alike"Author: James MacGuire
Source: National Review
Date: 7/23/2015
"Returning serviceman Pete Scobell remembered: I couldn’t read e-mails let alone write them. My wife would ask me to run to the grocery store, and I would find myself sitting in the parking lot at work. I was taking six Excedrin a day to cope with my headaches. The herniated discs in my neck would keep me up all night unless I drank myself to sleep. I’ll never forget my first consultation at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda when Dr. Robert Koffman said to me, “Pete, you’re broke, but we can fix you.” In an instant I had hope again! The hope is real at three dedicated clinical facilities attached to military bases in northern Virginia (Fort Belvoir), southern Kentucky (Fort Campbell) and North Carolina (Camp Lejeune), and the NICoE research and treatment facility on the campus of Walter Reed National Medical Center, just outside the nation’s capital."
 "Service Pups in Training Help PTSD, TBI Patients Heal"Author: Katie Lange
Source: DoDNews, Defense Media Activity
Date: 7/20/2015
"You’re stressed, your thoughts aren’t straight, and you’re tapping your leg anxiously. But suddenly there’s a little furry head sitting on your lap, reminding you to calm down. You start petting that furry little head, and next thing you know, you’re feeling a lot better. That’s the kind of therapy that comes with the Warrior Canine Connection, which uses service dogs to help wounded service members with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries."
 ""Author: NICoE Staff
Source: NICoE
Date: 7/17/2015
"The Brain Fitness Center is now offering the biofeedback training program emWAVE Heartmath. Through this program, patients can work on their heart rate variability and breathing to help recover from stress and improve their performance health. The emWAVE Heartmath program consists of an easy-to-use interface and numerous coherence training games. Patients can use this program either within the ORRB or through the use of a handheld device and can be paired with cognitive training sessions."
 ""Author: NICoE Staff
Source: NICoE
Date: 7/10/2015
"The NICoE hosted its first Art Therapy Student Studio June 19 to introduce art therapy to interested undergraduate students and medical residents of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). This four-hour workshop, led by Melissa Walker, art therapist and the NICoE Healing Arts Program coordinator, is a new outreach program geared toward the medical community to promote awareness of the impact art therapy has on service members. "
 "Inquiring Minds: Anna Coleman Ladd and WWI Veterans"Author: Erin Allen via Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project
Source: The Library of Congress Blog via the Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette
Date: 7/10/2015
"Last month, eighth-graders Benjamin King, Maria Ellsworth and Cristina Escajadillo – all students at the Singapore American School – performed an original 10-minute play at the Library of Congress inspired by the institution’s collections and connections. Contemplating a distinctly somber topic — the mental and physical wounds wrought by World War I — the students highlighted the life and accomplishments of Anna Coleman Ladd, an artist and sculptor who created facial masks to help wounded soldiers cope with their injuries and reintegrate into civilian life after World War I. To contextualize Ladd’s activities, Tappert introduced the students to Melissa Walker, an art therapist with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence who incorporates mask-making into her work with recent veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injury. Walker aided the students in connecting Ladd’s work to present-day art therapy applications."
 "Collaboration helps vets with traumatic brain injuries heal"Author: David Hovda
Source: Modern Healthcare
Date: 7/4/2015
"Working with Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund architects, we developed a building the very shape of which was sculpted to implement our protocols. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence is now on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside of Washington. Our treatment protocols were unlike any that a traditional military or civilian program would have produced. Using the most advanced findings of the brain's functioning and self-healing capacities, we developed an unprecedented-in-its-scope multidisciplinary approach to brain trauma."
 "Fort Campbell doctor offers advice on brain injuries"Author: Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle
Date: 6/25/2015
"The director of the Intrepid Spirit at Fort Campbell recently met with a scientific and medical advisory board at the University of Kentucky to share lessons learned in establishing Traumatic Brain Injury regional excellence care. Dr. Bret Logan, who serves as Intrepid Spirit director and Army Medicine Ambassador, met with the the Traumatic Brain Injury Project earlier this month. Logan shared with the board initiatives and programs in place at Fort Campbell to help treat Soldiers with TBI and psychological injures. The goal of the Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit program is to return Soldiers to duty or to a productive civilian life. Logan spoke about the hub-and-spoke model of TBI care within the Army. The hub is the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., and the spokes are smaller facilities providing care to Active Duty Service members assigned to Division-sized installations."
 "NICoE Student Art Show"Source: The Journal via
Date: 6/25/2015
"Six undergraduate students interested in pursuing creative arts therapy graduate studies met with Melissa Walker, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) art therapist, at the first NICoE Art Therapy Student Workshop, June 19. Participants discussed education, career paths and participated in a mask-making activity. The NICoE hosts two student workshops per year as a commitment to supporting future art therapists who are interested in working with the military population."
 "Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!"Author: Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Source: Huffington Post
Date: 6/23/2015
"During my 30 years at Americans for the Arts, I have had the great privilege to visit and learn about a different community nearly every week. While they differ vastly from one another, there is one common strength I have observed: the arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community. Veterans and service members are finding their voices through the arts, too. Melissa Walker runs the Healing Arts Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed, and uses art, creative writing and music as a means of therapy and expression for service members with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions."
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