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Court orders new hearing for Arizona death-row inmate in Bullhead City murders

An appeals court Monday ordered a new hearing for an Arizona death-row inmate, saying his attorney did not fully investigate the history of abuse and mental health issues that could have been used in his defense at sentencing.... Read more»

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UA researchers developing new way to look deep inside the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona may be on the cusp of a breakthrough when it comes to examining the deepest parts of the brain.... Read more»

States trying to bridge care gap for traumatized vets

Many of the hundreds of thousands of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder are going without the help they need, which is prompting several states to step in.... Read more»

Arizonans go head-to-head on motorcycle safety laws

Motorcyclists who roll down Arizona highways agree that riding in the open air is one of life’s exhilarating experiences. But disagreements become sharp when the subject of whether to wear a helmet – or whether the state should mandate helmet use – is on the table.... Read more»

Parents demand marijuana treatment for epileptic kids

An ever-growing lobby of tenacious parents are pushing politicians to legalize medical marijuana for children with epilepsy and other serious conditions. ... Read more»

Federal pot ban leaves states to craft their own MMJ rules

Every state regulates medical marijuana differently. The result is wide disparities across the country, including everything from lab testing to costs. ... Read more»

When keeping secrets is your job, getting help a problem for some veterans

Sgt. Daniel Somers’ work in Iraq was classified, so when he returned from the war and sought treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD he balked at a care in a group setting. Afraid he might reveal secrets, he asked for individual care. After two years with no resolution from the VA, Somers took his own life in 2013.... Read more»1

Concussions often overlooked in girls’ sports

Concussions are most often associated with men's and boys' sports such as football, but girls' sports carry risks as well. According to several Arizona doctors, concussions among girls are often overlooked as a result. ... Read more»1

Study: Soldiers suffer concussions during training

A new military study has found that almost 6 percent of soldiers who took hand-to-hand combat courses at a Texas Army base were struck in the head and suffered symptoms the Pentagon says are consistent with concussions.... Read more»

Despite deaths, motorcycle groups strive to stop helmet laws

In a highly touted safety achievement, deaths on the nation's roads and highways have fallen sharply in recent years, to the lowest total in more than a half-century. But motorcyclists have missed out on that dramatic improvement, and the news for them has been increasingly grim.... Read more»2

Soldier accused in Afghan killings likely had unreliable brain test

An unreliable test used to detect traumatic brain injuries in soldiers may have failed on a 38-year-old staff sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians.... Read more»

Analysis

The lessons of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Staff Sgt Robert Bales’ odyssey began just over 10 years ago when he joined the military in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks... Read more»

Specialized rehab rare for brain-injured soldiers

Although 230,000 soldiers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, only 20 at a time get advanced personalized rehabilitation at a new state-of-the-art treatment center — and they must stay in the military to do so. ... Read more»

Giffords may get better brain-injury care than most of her constituents

Because of a lack of research and spotty insurance coverage, thousands of Americans with brain injuries don’t receive the comprehensive treatment they need.... Read more»2

New technologies in works to better diagnose brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries have been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, affecting more than 155,000 men and women in uniform. But these traumas don't always have outward signs, making them difficult to diagnose.... Read more»

Testing fails soldiers, leaves brain injuries undetected

A measure requiring the military to test soldiers' brain function before they deployed and again when they returned has failed to deliver, offering injured soldiers the appearance of help, but not the reality. ... Read more»

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