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West Virginia Blast Brain Injuries Conference Spreads Awareness

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WOWK Channel 13 reports that a one-day conference in South Charleston, West Virginia will take place this week, covering several important topics for those injured in blast brain injuries common in the military or in the mine settings. Discussions will include information on the latest developments in treatment and coping as well as tips and advice on how to further educate friends, family, loved ones, and the public about traumatic blast brain injuries.

"We're going to be talking about the state of blast injuries in the country and the care that exists, what kinds of symptoms survivors will have and how those problems can be addressed or how they have to be dealt with in the long-term," said Mike Davis, President of the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia.

Davis also said that concerns about blast injuries are growing due to injured veterans returning from combat in the Middle East.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, scheduled speakers include West Virginia National Guard Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett, North American Brain Injury Society President Robert Voogt and James Petrick, a neuropsychologist who treated Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy, Jr.

The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn in South Charleston, West Virginia and costs $100 to register. Interested participants can register by calling 304 293 4692 or by signing up at the door.

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