Brain Injury In the News

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August 18, 2022 – Westfield Boy, 12, Hospitalized for Injury at Cooperstown Coming Home
A 12-year-old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a line drive struck him last month returns home Thursday after five weeks in the hospital, his father said. Anthony Labin, of Westfield, was pitching in a baseball game at Cooperstown Dreams Park July 11 when a batter returned the pitch directly at him, knocking him unconscious. The ball hit him over the left ear, his father, Ron Labin said. Anthony has been working toward his recovery since, and while doctors have diagnosed him with aphasia, a condition that impacts the ability to understand and express speech, the family hopes for a complete recovery. On July 22, Anthony was transferred to Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, where he has been receiving speech, cognitive and physical therapy. Read more.

April 29, 2022 – Actigraphy shows promise as objective noninvasive measure of sleep-wake regulation in children with brain injury
A team of New Jersey researchers conducted a sleep study in inpatients in pediatric rehabilitation using an actigraph, a wrist-worn accelerometers that enables noninvasive continuous monitoring of sleep-wake cycles. This study is the first to use this rest-activity ration as a measure of sleep-wake regulation in children with brain injury during inpatient rehabilitation. Read more.


May 17, 2019 – Children’s Specialized Hospital Announces Partnership with Opportunity Project, Inc. to Support Individuals with Brain Injury
Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has announced a partnership with Opportunity Project, Inc., a program empowering individuals over the age of 18 with brain injury. The partnership will advance both the strategic direction of Children’s Specialized and enhance the growth of Opportunity Project while increasing access to integrated care and vital support services for those who have experienced a brain injury. Read more.


May 25, 2018 – NJ Researchers Link Functional Independence on Admission with Early Recovery in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
A team of New Jersey brain injury researchers has published the first pediatric study linking functional level on admission with the likelihood of functional gains during rehabilitation. The study is also the first in more than a decade to report on the differential gains between children with traumatic vs. nontraumatic brain injury. Read more.

Patient Stories

  • "My advice for anyone going through a similar situation would be to not put yourself down because every rainstorm is followed by sunshine."

    Derrick (DJ)
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  • Therapy was always fun. It was never boring and towards the end, my body started to work a little bit. So, when you see your growth over the month, it really boosts confidence.

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  • CSH gave Tony back something so simple that we all take for granted daily.

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