How a Mere Prick of the Finger Can Diagnose a Concussion
WIRED / January 17, 2017
Recognizing mild concussions is crucial for preventing deaths, and now there's a way to do that more accurately than ever before, with your blood.
Smart Body Armor Could Gauge Brain Damage from Explosions
Engadget / January 17, 2017
Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. It's developing Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (conveniently, BLAST), a sensor system that could determine whether or not an explosion's shockwave is likely to have injured your brain.
Road to Recovery After Concussion Leads to Australian Open
The New York Times / January 17, 2017
Casey Dellacqua, who fell and hit her head during the 2015 China Open, missed nine months of competition while living struggling with post-concussive syndrome. “I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t focus, couldn’t read, watch TV, wasn’t on my phone. I couldn’t focus having a conversation with anyone. I was in this constant world of drowsiness. Then I started not being able to sleep properly. I kept asking the doctor, ‘When am I going to feel better?’ They said it was all normal, all part of concussion. It was a really hard injury for me to understand mentally, because it wasn’t like I had a sore shoulder...”
Link Found Between Concussion, Alzheimer's
R&D Magazine / January 17, 2017
A direct link has been found between concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. New research by the Boston University School of Medicine found that concussions will accelerate brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are already at a genetic risk for the disease.
The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE
GQ / January 12, 2017
Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.
Blood protein may serve as marker of concussion severity
Medical News Today / January 12, 2017
A new study links higher blood levels of a brain protein called tau to longer periods of recovery for athletes. The researchers suggest that tau may serve as a marker to help assess athletes' readiness to return to play.
Scientist gets grant for study of veterans with traumatic brain injuries
AAAS / January 12, 2017
A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
The sad and empowering stories behind brain injuries
Atlanta Journal-Consitution / January 12, 2017
Chase Gottlieb and his mom joined me in a room away from the den of activity in the Patricia M. Brown Center at Annandale Village in Suwanee. Like the 20 or so other participants, they had come to somehow give voice to a life lived with a brain injury — some acquired from a medical condition such as a stroke or brain tumor and others the result of a traumatic incident like Chase’s attempted suicide.
This single brain activity might diagnose a concussion
Futurity / January 4, 2017
Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain’s response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.
Unknown Soldiers: UVA Discovers Powerful Defenders of the Brain
UVA Today / January 3, 2017
Researchers believe that figuring out how to target and manipulate immune cells could be key to treating various neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, migraines and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.
Concussions on the Brain: Pushing for More Research on Women
ABC News / January 3, 2017
Katherine Snedaker founded her nonprofit advocacy group Pink Concussions in response to what she discovered was a lack of information and research on female concussions. A major impetus to her activism has been hearing stories from women and girls suffering from concussions. Many shared similar stories of not healing as fast as people thought they should, doctors minimizing their conditions and feeling isolated while recovering at home.
Triathlete counts traumatic brain injury as 'blessing'
The Record (NJ) / January 3, 2017
David Musicant's bones healed – and then the real challenge began. The brain injury was a lot more complicated. The simple joys of taking a drive, working out or going to a Mets game with his wife and two children – what Musicant calls ''the mosaic of my life'' – had vanished. “You’re confused, you’re depressed and you just don’t think you’ll ever be yourself again and you kind of don’t want to be here anymore,’’ he said.