Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults
Fox News / August 23, 2016
There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence. The abuse from her ex-partner took a heavy emotional toll, Contreras says. But even though he sometimes knocked her out, she hadn't considered that her brain might have been as damaged as her psyche
FDA approves first cognitive tests for head injury
Fox News / August 23, 2016
For the first time, doctors can now evaluate signs and symptoms of head injuries with two new testing devices approved by the FDA. The devices are not intended to diagnose concussion, but are meant to test cognitive skills such as word memory, reaction time and word recognition.
Yoga can help to heal the brain after injury
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / August 23, 2016
Nearly 20 years after a car accident, Janna Hockenjos’ father was still grappling with the effects of a brain injury that damaged his frontal lobe, the control center for executive functions. He struggled with addiction and made poor decisions. He was impulsive and angry. He couldn’t work and couldn’t focus. Janna suggested her father try yoga with her. Six months later, he was less impulsive, more kind and started to engage with the world.
Study: Bike Helmets Lower Risk of Brain Injuries, Death
Reuters / August 22, 2016
Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests.
Families of brain injury survivors being given ‘no hope’
The Irish Times / August 22, 2016
Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, battled to get appropriate rehabilitative therapy for their son. “We were told there was little we could do and the best option was to place him in a nursing home and maintain him until he died.” Instead they brought him to Germany where he got intensive, long-term rehabilitation not available back home, and progressed in ways they were told he never could.
TBI milestone: Research program enrolls 15,000 participants
DCoE / August 17, 2016
For scientists who study traumatic brain injury, July was a significant month for the future of TBI research: the TBI Model Systems (TBIMS) National Database study reached 15,000 participants. The database collects standardized recovery and outcomes data on patients with TBIs serious enough to require hospitalization. “The longevity and the participant numbers together are what make this research hugely important,” said Dr. Felicia Qashu, program officer for the Common Fund at the National Institutes of Health.
Athletes largely shun a genetic test for concussion risks
STAT News / August 15, 2016
Not many athletes are interested in getting tested. Insurers won’t pay. And now, even some proponents of the tests are backing away. They’re expressing qualms about giving athletes, and their parents, unsettling news about the risks lurking in their genes — including the possibility that the children most at risk of problems after a concussion may also have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Sudden Death: The mysterious brain injury that's killing young athletes
U.S. News & World Report / August 12, 2016
A leading expert brain trauma expert and former TV honcho launch an investigation into a traumatic brain injury that's very existence is still debated by some scientists, yet one that grows more real with each new casualty – a deadly condition that appears, most cruelly, to prey almost exclusively on young athletes.
Navy SEAL-turned-scientist works to solve the puzzle of battlefield brain injuries
The Dallas Morning News / August 12, 2016
Morgan Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, realized there was so much to learn about the brain, how it worked and how it was affected by injury. He didn’t want to just wait around while doctors and scientists tried to determine the best way to treat injuries to the brain. He wanted to be part of the solution.
Should We Really Cheer When An Olympic Gymnast Plays Through A Head Injury?
The Huffington Post / August 10, 2016
Searching for British athlete Ellie Downie yields a lot of headlines commending her pluckiness after she sustained a head injury during her floor routine for the women’s gymnastics qualification round Sunday. Should we really cheer when an Olympian plays through a head injury? Or should medical professionals have saved Ellie Downie from herself?
My concussion almost made me take my own life
The Huffington Post / August 9, 2016
It’s hard to fully explain to people what I am — still — going through because a concussion is not a visible injury. For those of us who have experienced this type of trauma, you understand its magnificence. Life is not the same as it was before the concussion.
What a concussion looks like in the brain, on a cellular level
CNN / August 5, 2016
Scientists have captured in real-time video what happens to a brain cell after experiencing a major concussion-causing impact.
Olympic gold medalist presses for brain injury awareness
NewsMax / August 5, 2016
With the Olympics getting underway, Olympic gold medalist Briana Scurry is on a campaign to alert other athletes to the dangers of severe head injuries.
Free adaptive yoga program for brain injury helps those with TBI balance their recovery
The Denver Post / August 5, 2016
Most of us think of pretzel-like shapes when we think of yoga, but teachers training for an upcoming adaptive-yoga course had to take on a different challenge. The techniques teachers learned in recent sessions equipped them to teach a community just beginning to dip their toes into yoga — those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Lost in a supermarket: A soccer player’s daily struggles after concussion
The Washington Post / August 2, 2016
Chris Rolfe of D.C. United, in his first extended interview since suffering a concussion in April, describes his trials in vivid detail.
What's Actually New About The NFL's New Concussion Policy?
Deadspin / August 2, 2016
In an effusive press release, the league heralded the “commitment to protecting the health and safety of NFL players.” It also framed the new policy as one of many collaborations between the NFL and the players union to improve player health and safety. Which sounds really good! Until you read it.
Ohio State study offers hope for brain-injury victims
The Columbus Dispatch / August 1, 2016
In 2011 an Ohio State team of researchers began a five-year study to find whether deep-brain stimulation — which uses electricity to regulate, block or stimulate brain waves — could improve patients with severe traumatic brain injuries.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says concussion symptoms have ‘plateaued,’ doctors stressing patience
SB Nation / August 1, 2016
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s latest symptoms, which include issues with balance and nausea, are believed to have resulted from two crashes within a four-week span. "There's certain things you can race through, but one of the things you cannot race through is concussion-like symptoms," said Earnhardt.
‘You Look Great!’ — Life With A Traumatic Brain Injury
The Huffington Post / August 1, 2016
“You look great! You must be fully recovered!” “You look great! You must be feeling good!” I have come to loathe these phrases. I know they are usually said with good intentions; however, they are most often so far from the actual truth that it is frustrating to hear.