Is there a connection between PTSD and combat blast exposure?
PBS NewsHour / April 20, 2017
In part three of PBS NewsHour's series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how talks to a neuropathologist who is studying the brains of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries and the possible connection to PTSD.
The NFL concussion protocol cannot save football
SB Nation / April 19, 2017
There is no consensus among players that faking the concussion protocol is as prolific as some suggest. The one thing most would seem to agree on is that there is motivation to try. The tests used to screen concussions are inexact and need to be interpreted by a qualified medical professional. There is financial incentive for players to try to skew that interpretation and team goals that can encourage lax oversight. In short: The NFL environment is ripe for players to try to fake.
Researchers move forward with biomarker test to uncover babies' brain injury
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / April 18, 2017
At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers have created a blood test to detect bleeding in the brain that may have resulted from abusive head trauma — sometimes called shaken baby syndrome.
How many parents hold their kids back from sports due to concussion risk?
CBS News / April 18, 2017
A recent survey shows which sports parents think are safer, but they may be off base, say experts.
Study: Head impact-measuring devices limited in ability to predict, diagnose concussions
USA Today / April 12, 2017
In a new study conducted by members of both the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech, researchers studied available head-impact devices and their clinical utility. Among the conclusions were that “head-impact sensors have limited applications to concussion diagnosis but may provide sideline staff with estimates of athlete exposure and real-time data to monitor players.”
Out Of Bounds: NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Concussions
NPR / April 11, 2017
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., about how concussions have changed the sport, and his driving.
For years, former CU and Broncos lineman Ryan Miller refused to tell his full story. Not anymore.
The Denver Post / April 10, 2017
Ryan Miller, who was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, pledged to donate his brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. He doesn't know if he has CTE. There’s no way he can know yet. But he knows he has to talk about it -- finally.
Charlie Garner's post-football life ruled by fear as his brain fails him
Sporting News / April 9, 2017
It's lunchtime and Charlie Garner sits in a restaurant near his home, looking and sounding like a man on top of the world. But, all of the sudden, it becomes horribly obvious all is not right with Garner. He is in the middle of a sentence when his sandwich drops from his hands to his plate for no discernible reason. His hands also fall to the table and don't move. The person with Garner looks at him with no idea what has just happened or how to react.
Caregivers For Veterans Dropped From VA Plan
NPR / April 5, 2017
There's a Department of Veterans Affairs program to pay family members to be caregivers for disabled veterans. But several caregivers say they're being dropped from the program with no explanation.
Do U.S. Troops Risk Brain Injury When They Fire Heavy Weapons?
NPR / April 5, 2017
Some modern shoulder-fired weapons produce blast waves powerful enough to rattle the brain. A $30 million study aims to help the military figure out how much blast exposure, over time, is too much.
Studying the brain's suspension system in traumatic brain injuries
Science Daily / April 5, 2017
Researchers know that the membranes separating the skull from the brain play a key role in absorbing shock and preventing damage caused during a head impact, but the details remain largely mysterious. New research from a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis takes a closer look at this "suspension system" and the insight it could provide to limit or perhaps prevent TBI.
A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Brain Injury
Smithsonian / March 31, 2017
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden think that a helmet called the Strokefinder could quickly diagnose intracranial bleeding.
How a protein called ‘NFL’ could help the NFL with brain injuries
The Washington Post / March 27, 2017
Scientists are examining blood samples for proteins that have been shown to correlate with concussion and other injuries. One of the most intriguing of these proteins, which could help create better tests for traumatic brain injury, is called neurofilament light — or, as it’s known for short, NFL.
Surviving a brain injury is just the beginning
Santa Fe New Mexican / March 27, 2017
Brain injury survivors, advocates and doctors say countless people still struggle to get treatment and support services after sustaining a brain injury. Across the nation, too few doctors and other medical professionals are trained to diagnose and treat the problem, and private insurers don’t want to cover the high costs of long-term rehabilitation.
Rugby Union tackles concussion problem with blue card
CNN / March 27, 2017
Yellow and red cards are used to discipline players in rugby and now one international federation is to trial a blue card to safeguard their health. The system -- to be launched by the Australian Rugby Union and effective Saturday across grassroots competitions -- gives the referee full authority to dismiss from the pitch any player showing signs of concussion during a match.