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Tackle Football Makes a comeback in the Heart of Texas
The New York Times / December 1, 2016

Two youth programs have sprung up in Marshall, where Pop Warner, Boys & Girls Club and seventh-grade tackle teams were discontinued over safety concerns.

Army Says It Fairly Dismissed Soldiers With Mental Health Problems, Brain Injuries
NPR / December 1, 2016

An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries. The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.

STUDY: New Way to Detect Brain Injury?
Medical Xpress / November 30, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report finding evidence of brain injury and repair that is visible on imaging from the NFL players compared to a control group of men without a history of concussion. The football players had higher levels of TSPO and greater changes in the brain's white matter, the study found.

Symptoms Trends May Help Predict Recovery from Post Concussion Syndrome
News Medical / November 30, 2016

Researchers have identified symptom trends that may not only help predict how soon patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) will recover, but also provide insight on how to treat those who experience persistent concussion symptoms. The findings were published today in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Link Discovered Between Soldier Depression, Brain Injury
Radiological Society of North America / November 29, 2016

Scientists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center found that brain circuits connected to emotional control were disrupted in patients with depression. Experts say the findings could lead to new treatments for brain injury related mood disorders.

2 Concussions, 2 Outcomes
Indy Star / November 29, 2016

Two quarterbacks, two concussions. Same weekend. Not the same decision. IU quarterback Zander Diamont is done with football. Diamont, who has suffered multiple concussions, knows who he wants to be in 10 years. And it’s not someone standing on a football field, or worse, sitting in a wheelchair and wondering how he got there. "I need my brain," he said on Saturday. So does Andrew Luck, but the Colts QB knows who he wants to be in 10 years. He wants to be a Super Bowl champion.

Brain Abnormalities Linked To Head Impacts After Just One Season Of High School Football
Forbes / November 28, 2016

Based on a new study to be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), specialized MRI scans performed on high school football players–after just one season–revealed changes in brain tissue which correlated with exposure to head impacts.

What Happened When a Prison Brought in a Brain Injury Specialist
VICE News / November 28, 2016

The state Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania a $250,000 grant to screen for head trauma among men on track to be paroled from Graterford, the idea being to smooth their transition back into the outside world. VICE got an early peak at the numbers from a new study of brain injuries in an American prison, and they aren't pretty.

DOD Brain Injury Center Launches Podcast for Military Family Caregivers
Defense Centers of Excellence / November 28, 2016

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center will launch a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.

Longer, intense rehabilitation can improve recovery after brain injury
Knowridge Science Report / November 21, 2016

New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital, but that a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation may produce even greater benefit.

Wanted: Women’s brains — to jump-start lagging research on female concussions
STAT News / November 21, 2016

There’s something wrong with the brain banks created to study the dangers of repeated trauma to the head: Almost all the brains donated so far belonged to men. It’s just one example of how the study of brain trauma in women lags behind — even though women get #concussions at higher rates than men in many sports and may suffer more severe and persistent symptoms.

Double-digit rise in head injuries after Michigan helmet law repeal
Science Daily / November 21, 2016

Fewer motorcycle riders who are involved in crashes across the state of Michigan are wearing a helmet, and the state’s trauma centers have seen a 14 percent increase in head injuries among motorcyclists, since the state’s partial repeal of its universal helmet law in April 2012, a new study finds.

A Game Changer for Diagnosing Concussions in the NFL
The Wall Street Journal / November 17, 2016

A soon-to-be-published paper raises hope that a simple blood test can detect brain injuries as conclusively as physicians identify a heart attack.

4 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Daughter’s Concussion
The Huffington Post / November 15, 2016

Not a week foes by that someone doesn't ask me, "Is that concussion still going on?" And I get it. I didn't know much about this condition until it hit home. Most people have heard of concussion, but few fully grasp the implications.

Different Life, Same Love
Utah Valley Magazine / November 15, 2016

After being bucked off a horse a week before his wedding, Jared Workman suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent two months in a coma while his fiancée clung to hope. A year later, they wed.

The X's and O's of brain injury and youth football
Chicago Tribune / November 9, 2016

According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, 20 percent of this country's high school football players suffer brain injuries in any given season.

Few States Have Post-Concussion 'Return to Learn' Plans
Healthline / November 8, 2016

A study shows that many states are missing standards for children returning to school after concussions. Some doctors aren’t sure if standards will help.

Scientists develop new blood test for concussions
UPI / November 8, 2016

In a study, researchers at the Children’s Health Research Institute have demonstrated that a blood test can now accurately diagnose a concussion using a form of blood profiling known as metabolomics.

How an 11-Year-Old's Brain Injury Rattled a Football Family
Men's Journal / November 7, 2016

For Mike Callaghan and his son Brogan, football was everything. But when the 11-year-old QB was sidelined by a head injury, Callaghan faced an agonizing, all too common choice.

Most severe form of CTE likely caused ALS in Kevin Turner, doctors say
ESPN / November 4, 2016

At a Boston University medical conference on Thursday, doctors put a human touch on the often clinical diagnoses, announcing to a room stocked with family members of CTE casualties that former Patriots and Eagles fullback Kevin Turner -- the lead plaintiff in the NFL's concussion lawsuit -- also was a victim of the disease. "The severity of Mr. Turner's CTE was extraordinary and unprecedented for an athlete who died in his 40s," said neuropathologist Ann McKee.


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