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Aug

9 Years Of TBI Recovery - I Don't Give Up - You Don't Give Up

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160710_170230941.jpg Dear Friends, August 18th is my anniversary for my accident date. Around 11:30PM was when I fell over 40 feet onto concrete and suffered a TBI! Glad that you are supporting me and the site because support from family or friends helps a lot. Tonight I will be going to Henry Mayo's Emergency Room and thanking them. I will bring them a couple boxes of doughnuts which is a good trade for saving my life. Bless you all. Adam Continue reading
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11
Aug

Michael Oher - "Blind Side" Movie Star/NFL Star Struggles With TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-pills.jpg * The Carolina Panthers have terminated offensive tackle Michael Oher’s contract, the team announced Thursday in a news release. * Oher started the first three games of the 2016 season before a concussion caused him to be inactive for the next seven games and placed on injured reserve. * Oher tweeted Thursday afternoon, “The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it.” * Oher apparently is taking a lot of prescription pills and medication to help him during his recovery. Oher posted - and deleted - a picture of multiple pill bottles with a caption that said "All for the brain smh." (myFox8.com) Continue reading
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11
Aug

Girls and TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Soccer-concussions.jpg * Girls who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be more susceptible to behavioral problems like psychological distress and smoking compared to boys, according to a new study. * Each year, TBIs cause 2.5 million emergency room visits, and so far research has consistently shown that they're more common among boys than girls. Girls still get them, though, and often in sports like soccer, basketball and cheerleading. A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE that surveyed 9,288 Ontario students in grades 7 through 12 reports that girls who suffered brain injuries—in sports, most commonly—were more likely to report having contemplated suicide, experienced psychological distress, been the target of bullying and having smoked cigarettes. * Overall, the new study reports that one in five adolescents had sustained a TBI that resulted in their loss of consciousness for at least five minutes or hospitalization at some point in their lifetime. Boys experienced them 6% more than girls. These young people who had experienced a lifetime TBI also reported behaviors in the last year like daily smoking, binge drinking, using marijuana, cyberbullying and poor grades. * Girls get TBIs most often playing soccer and basketball, but other sports—cheerleading, in particular—have very high risk for injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for more safety regulations for the cheerleading, even though it tends to not be included in national high school sports injury research. (Time.com) Continue reading
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11
Aug

2017 NFL Season About To Start. Hope For A New Football Helmet To Prevent TBI.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_vicis-zero1-helmet.jpg * Football is a game of inches, and none is more important than the inch and a half between the outside shell of a helmet and a player’s skull. Since the 1940s, when hard plastic helmets began to replace leather ones, the primary purpose of the helmet has been to guard against skull fractures and hematomas (bleeding on the brain)—catastrophic injuries that led to deaths on the football field in the early 1900s. In recent years, however, scientific studies have led to a better understanding of the short- and long-term consequences of blows to the head. * In 2015, the number of diagnosed concussions, in both preseason and regular-season practices and games, totaled 271. And the number diagnosed in regular-season games (182) was up 58 percent from 2014—and 18% over the four-year average. They all realized the issue of head trauma was not going away, and they wondered: What more could be done with helmets? * Though the medical community understands the nature of concussions better than ever, the injury remains something of a riddle for doctors and scientists, because it presents in different ways for different people. One long-held theory was that the brain sloshes back and forth during a collision, striking the rough inner surface of the skull and rebounding against the opposite side—a violent act that causes bruising and swelling. * VICIS’ design literally turns the traditional hard polycarbonate helmet that’s been used for decades inside out. A stiff plastic shell inside still protects against skull fractures, but it’s the first helmet to have an outside surface made of a flexible polymer that deforms locally upon impact, rather than making that familiar crack sound. The concept is the same as that of a bumper on a car: The material bends, thereby slowing down the impact and reducing the force transferred to the person inside, according to Newton’s Second Law of Motion (force=mass x acceleration). The outer and inner layers are connected by a matrix of columns that flex in all directions to absorb linear, and most importantly, rotational forces. (SI.com) Continue reading
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12
Jun

Brain Facts

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b2ap3_thumbnail_plugged-in-brain.jpg 1. The human brain, weighs only about 3lbs. (around 1.5 kg.), makes up just 2% of the body weight and uses around 20% of the body’s oxygen and blood. 75% of the total brain mass is water. 2. It is the fattest organ in the body, contains 100 billion neurons or nerve cells (15 times the total human population on earth) and a trillion glial cells and has around 150,000 miles of blood vessels. 3. The brain processes information as slow as 0.5m/sec to as fast as 120m/sec. The brain can survive without oxygen for 4-6 minutes after which it begins to die. Lack of oxygen for 5-10 minutes can lead to permanent brain damage. 4. Physical exercise is just as important for the brain as it is for the rest of the body. In a recent study published in the annals of internal medicine suggest that exercise can delay the age at which people may get Alzheimer’s disease by more than 30% as it improves and makes more regular the blood flow to the brain. 5. Music triggers activity in the same part of the brain that releases the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine during sex and eating. 6. Everyone dreams, even blind people, for at least 1-2 hours and on an average 4-7 dreams each night. Brain waves are more active while you are dreaming than when you are awake. 7. It is a myth that we use only 10% of the brain, in fact every part of the brain has a known function. Also, there is no left/right brain divide-they work together. And No, brain cells do not die whenever you sneeze. (ExaminedExistence.com) Continue reading
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12
Jun

Who Has A Faster TBI Recovery - Men or Women?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_symbols.jpg ***Female TBI patients recover better than males*** * The purpose of the present study was to look at possible gender differences in outcome after severe traumatic brain injury. Three hundred and thirty four consecutive patients, 72 females and 262 males, age range 5-65 years, were included in the study. Age range and severity of injury, evaluated by duration of unconsciousness, did not differ between male and female patients. Predicted outcome at the time of discharge from an in patient rehabilitation programme was evaluated according to work capacity. Female TBI patients had a better predicted outcome (p < 0.015). It is suggested that pro gesterone, acting as a neuroprotective agent, may explain this difference in outcome. * Why do some females recover from brain injury much faster and more completely than males?1 With more than 3 million people chronically disabled from traumatic brain injury, the answer may have far-reaching implications for the treatment of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other neurological disorders. * For the past twenty-five years, neuroscientist Donald G. Stein, PhD and his colleagues have been investigating this question and have discovered something remarkable—that the hormone progesterone confers profound neuroprotective effects that improve outcomes and reduce mortality following brain injuries. * Progesterone provides powerful neuroprotection to the fetus, particularly in late pregnancy, when it helps suppress neuronal excitation that can damage delicate new brain tissue. Dr. Stein and his colleagues at Emory University in Atlanta have continued to develop, test, and prove the theory that in addition to protecting the fetal brain, progesterone also protects and heals injured brain tissue. (NCBI & Lifeextension.com) Continue reading
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09
May

TBI Recovery. Treatment For Concussions

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ConcussionRRR.jpg **The most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury is called a concussion. The word comes from the Latin concutere, which means "to shake violently." **As seen in countless Saturday morning cartoons, a concussion is most often caused by a sudden direct blow or bump to the head. The brain is made of soft tissue. It's cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can jolt your brain. Sometimes, it literally causes it to move around in your head. Traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves. **If a child has a concussion, an adult should monitor him or her for the first 24 hours. It's important to watch for behavioral changes. Young children, especially, may not be able to fully communicate what they are feeling, so it is critical to watch them closely. Do not give medications, including aspirin, which may cause bleeding, to a child without consulting a doctor. **Concussions are graded as mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), or severe (grade 3), depending on such factors as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium. **Seek medical attention. A health care professional can decide how serious the concussion is and whether you require treatment. If you have suffered a grade 1 or grade 2 concussion, wait until symptoms are gone before returning to normal activities. That could take several minutes, hours, days, or even a week. **If you have sustained a grade 3 concussion, see a doctor immediately for observation and treatment. (WebMD.com) Continue reading
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09
May

Wars May Be Ending, However, TBI Recovery Is Still Needed

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b2ap3_thumbnail_military-tbi.jpg **Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health issue which affects service members and veterans during times of both peace and war. The high rate of TBI and blast-related concussion events resulting from current combat operations directly impacts the health and safety of individual service members and subsequently the level of unit readiness and troop retention. The impacts of TBI are felt within each branch of the service and throughout both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. **Veterans may sustain TBIs throughout their lifespan, with the largest increase as the veterans enter into their 70s and 80s; these injuries are often caused by falls and result in high levels of disability. **Active duty and reserve service members are at increased risk for sustaining a TBI compared to their civilian peers. This is a result of several factors, including the specific demographics of the military; in general, young men between the ages of 18 to 24 are at greatest risk for TBI. Many operational and training activities, which are routine in the military, are physically demanding and even potentially dangerous. (DVBIC.com) Continue reading
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08
Apr

Common TBI Symptoms

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b2ap3_thumbnail_traumetic-brain-injury.jpg * TBI symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain affected. Some symptoms appear immediately; others may appear several days or even weeks later. A person with TBI may or may not lose consciousness—loss of consciousness is not always a sign of severe TBI. * A person with a mild TBI may experience: Headache. Confusion. Lightheadedness. Dizziness. Blurred vision. * A person with moderate or severe TBI may have some of the symptoms listed above. In addition, the person may experience any of the following: Headache that gets worse or won’t go away. Repeated vomiting or nausea. Slurred speech. Convulsions or seizures. An inability to wake up from sleep. (Nih.gov) Continue reading
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26
Jan

Diabetes Can Affect Your Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brain-Damage.png Diabetes can have an impact on your whole body. Your brain is no exception. Recent studies have linked type 2 diabetes to a slowdown in mental functioning and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The chance of brain complications is just one more reason to keep your diabetes under control. “High blood sugar may directly affect either nerve cells or support cells in the nervous system,” says Alan Jacobson, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It can also lead to damage in both large and small blood vessels.” This, in turn, reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. Plus, it increases the risk of having a stroke, which can kill brain cells. Research has linked type 2 diabetes to a decline in mental functioning. One study looked at which mental abilities were hardest hit in middle-aged and older adults with diabetes. The results pointed to neurocognitive speed and executive functioning. “These are thought to be major components of cognitive health,” says researcher Roger Dixon, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Alberta. (HealthGrades.com) Continue reading
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26
Jan

As the Super Bowl Approaches, Inspiring Football Stories Abound

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b2ap3_thumbnail_felicia-perez.jpg Every family involved in sports know the joys and danger of playing football. (TBI is ever present.) However, Felicia Perez has a different attitude. Felicia Perez didn’t suffer any injuries while playing football for Brandywine High School last season. Unless you consider broken fingers to be injuries, which she does not. That fearless attitude and a ceaseless work ethic have made this 4-foot-8 battering ram willing to smash her nose into any situation a hit with the Bulldogs. “Felicia is tough as nails,” Brandywine head coach Isaiah Mays said last week. “The best way to describe it is she would much rather be the hammer than the nail. She definitely works hard every day, and she has no quit in her.” Delaware has seen several girls play high school football over the last few years, but most have been kickers or safeties. Perez is a middle linebacker and fullback, which puts her in the pileup every time she's on the field. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. “I like to be the dominant person,” Perez said. “Other females follow other females. I’m not a follower. I’m a leader. So I decided I was going to play a predominantly male sport.” (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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26
Jan

Mediterranean Diet Helps Provide For A Healthier Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mediterranean-Diet.jpg As we age, our brains naturally shrink and our risk of having a stroke, dementia or Alzheimer's rise, and almost everyone experiences some kind of memory loss. Scientists know that people who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and keep mentally stimulated generally have healthier brains than people who aren't as careful about diet and exercise. Now, a new study seems to confirm that eating an easy-to-follow Mediterranean diet can have lasting benefits for brain health. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. The researchers found that those who closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to lose brain volume as they aged, compared with those who didn't follow such a diet. However, more research is needed to determine an association between a Mediterranean diet and a specific effect on risk for degenerative brain diseases, such as dementia. A 2015 study from the journal Neurology also suggests that a Mediterranean diet (which includes wine!) may help make your brain about five years younger. The Mediterranean diet is relatively simple to follow. It involves eating meals made up mostly of plants: vegetables, fruit, beans and cereals. You can eat fish and poultry at least twice a week. You don't have to keep away from carbs; in fact, you should have three servings of those a day, particularly of the whole grain variety. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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31
Dec

New Year Wishes and Good Blessings

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160603_163756814_HDR.jpg Dear friends, I just want to say thank you for your kind support this year and wish you all a wonderful New Year!!! Continue reading
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23
Nov

Giving Thanks For Another TBI Recovery Year

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ADAM-2.jpg Hello everyone, I want to say "Thank you" for all your support and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. After my accident and 4 months being at numerous hospitals I came home! It was actually the day before Thanksgiving and my stomach was definitely ready for some home cooking, rather than hospital food! Continue reading
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08
Nov

Car - Surfing Leads To Death, TBI and Little Chance Of TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CarSurfing.jpg * A 21-year-old woman died when a game of car surfing went wrong — one of more than a half dozen deaths so far this year. * Wilberta Becenti of Nageezi, N.M., had been standing on a vehicle as its driver rode over rough dirt roads in the Dunes Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area about 1½ miles south of Farmington, said Lt. Kyle Lincoln, a San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. MT Sunday. * In Columbia Heights, Minn., Andrew Green, 17, knows he's lucky to be alive. Lying on his stomach and holding the front grille of a friend's car, he fell off April 12 and hit the pavement. The injury to his head forced doctors to remove part of his skull and put him into a medically induced coma for a month, reported KMSP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul. * Brandon Lovett, 19, of Grand Junction died June 15, two days after he received blunt-force head injuries when he fell off the trunk of a vehicle going less than 40 mph. It was not immediately apparent whether the 19-year-old woman who was driving was charged in the incident. * Ronte Goins-Nelson, 15, fell from the trunk of a car shortly after midnight Feb. 29 and died March 8 without regaining consciousness. (Wtsp.com) Continue reading
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08
Nov

Do Brain Training Exercises Really Help In TBI Recovery?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-training.jpg * A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads. * Many experts believe that brain-training programs are a waste of money. They roll their eyes at the idea that using such computerized programs can improve attention, memory or overall intelligence. * Some experts contend that brain training is useful and can improve cognition by harnessing the power of brain plasticity, the idea that our brains can learn new skills and adapt even later in life. They argue that there's a difference between "brain games" and research-backed "brain training." * A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads. Many experts believe that brain-training programs are a waste of money. They roll their eyes at the idea that using such computerized programs can improve attention, memory or overall intelligence. * Some experts contend that brain training is useful and can improve cognition by harnessing the power of brain plasticity, the idea that our brains can learn new skills and adapt even later in life. They argue that there's a difference between "brain games" and research-backed "brain training." * A group of 75 scientists and experts from institutions and universities around the world issued a statement in 2014 declaring that scientific evidence does not support claims that "brain games" help older adults boost their mental capabilities. * "We believed many of the claims made by the brain-training industry were misleading and in many cases patently false," said Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and a psychology professor at Stanford University who was one of the scientists who signed the 2014 statement. * Brain-training supporters believe that certain software and training programs can improve cognition, but how do the experts that question brain training recommend keeping a healthy brain? * "Stay physically and mentally active doing the activities that you enjoy. For example, if you enjoy reading and playing crossword puzzles, do that," Foroughi said. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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08
Nov

Different Causes of "Brain Fog"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brain-Fog.jpg * Rheumatoid Arthritis - Most people think of joint pain when it comes to arthritis. Medical experts, though, now know that conditions that cause chronic inflammation—like rheumatoid arthritis—often have another effect: They cause brain fog. * Lupus - Some people with lupus have trouble with memory, thinking and expressing themselves. They can feel "foggy" and confused sometimes, too. * Fibromyalgia - The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. But, people who have it often complain of symptoms like forgetfulness, trouble with conversations, and short-term memory loss. * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of Americans. Though "fatigue" is in the name, feeling extremely tired is just one of many symptoms. People with this condition often have muscle and joint pain and problems sleeping. They also complain of brain fog—memory problems and trouble paying attention. (Healthgrades.com) Continue reading
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04
Oct

Ravens Family Hoping For A TBI Recovery After Alleged Assult By Raider Fans

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b2ap3_thumbnail_baltimore-ravens.jpg * The family of 55-year-old Joseph Bauer, who was beaten at Sunday's Ravens game and hospitalized, reported encouraging signs from the hospital Tuesday. * The Jessup man remains in critical condition with a brain injury, but he has given a thumbs-up at the request of doctors. * "We have been encouraged by some signs we believe indicate he recognizes his wife," said Susan Bauer, his sister. "The trauma doctor said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about his progress and he is trending in the right direction." * Joseph Bauer, however, continues to breathe on a respirator, she said. The Ravens season-ticket holder suffered a severe brain injury at the game. * Police charged two men from New York with assault, and Ravens Coach John Harbaugh called the alleged attack "absolutely inexcusable." * Nappi told police that the men argued, and Bauer threw a bottle that hit Smith in the head, police said in charging documents. Only plastic and aluminum bottles are sold at the stadium. * Nappi told police he punched Bauer in the face, police said. Bauer's wife, Sharon, told police Smith shoved Bauer to the ground and he hit his head. * Bauer was knocked unconscious. (BaltimoreSun.com) Continue reading
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04
Oct

Some Sports May Have Little Hope For TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mike-towell.jpg * A 25-year-old Scottish boxer has died in Glasgow after being carried out of the ring on a stretcher when his fight was halted in the fifth round. * Mike Towell faced off Thursday night with Welsh boxer Dale Evans in the British welterweight title final eliminator. * A Facebook post from the club said: "Mike collapsed in the ring at the Club after he was stopped in the fifth round and was rushed to hospital after receiving attention from the ringside medical team. * Chloe Ross, Towell's girlfriend of eight years and the mother of his young son, posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook. * "Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight," Ross wrote. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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17
Sep

Hillary Clinton's Team Negates Any Serious Medical Issues

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(Dear Friends, at Adam TBI Recovery, if there are any conflicting points of view - we will present both. - Alex) b2ap3_thumbnail_hillary-clinton-2.jpg * Hillary Clinton says she got dizzy but didn’t lose consciousness when she stumbled on the way out of the 9/11 memorial Sunday. * “I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute, but once I got in, once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better,” Clinton said. * She said she didn’t immediately disclose that she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia because she “just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” “It’s just the kind of thing that if it happens to you and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward,” she said. * “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, said in a statement. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.” (Cbs.com) Continue reading
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