Football Alters the Brains of Kids as Young as 8
The Atlantic / October 24, 2016
In the journal Radiology today, an imaging study shows that players ages 8 to 13 who have had no concussion symptoms still show changes associated with traumatic brain injury
How we discovered that heading a football causes impairment of brain function
The Conversation (UK) / October 24, 2016
Researchers have explored the true impact of heading a soccer ball, identifying small but significant changes in brain function immediately after routine heading practice.
Purpose in trauma: My victory over my traumatic brain injury
The Spectrum (NY) / October 24, 2016
With the frontal right brain injury that I suffered with, both the emotional and reactive processes were extremely compromised. My inability to react properly caused me extreme anxiety and panic. It also fueled extreme animosity between my friends and I. Everyone thought I was crazy and I even began to believe them.
Former players of more than 100 college football teams are diagnosed with CTE
The Daily Mail / October 20, 2016
Former players from more than 100 college football teams have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease widely known as CTE. Fifteen schools have identified at least three separate cases of ex-players who suffered the degenerative condition, prompting warnings it is not only a danger to professional athletes.
New thinking on concussion treatment
The Wall Street Journal / October 19, 2016
More specialists are encouraging patients to gradually resume normal activities rather than rest for an extended period.
Homeless people with brain injuries are still invisible to National Health Services
The Guardian / October 19, 2016
Being homeless is linked to much higher rates of traumatic head injury. But professionals are still misdiagnosing and mistreating people.
A Single Concussion May Have Lasting Impact
The New York Times / October 7, 2016
A single concussion experienced by a child or teenager may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood, and multiple head injuries increase the risks of later problems, according to one of the largest, most elaborate studies to date of the impacts of head trauma on the young.
Work after brain injury: Helping employees get ahead
Personnel Today / October 4, 2016
When an employee returns to work after suffering a brain injury, it can be difficult to understand how to help them get back into work and move forward in their career without specialist advice.
Airman’s Purple Heart battle with TBI finds champion in a Green Beret
Stars & Stripes / October 4, 2016
For nearly 10 years, Tech. Sgt. David Nafe was largely in the dark as he fought memory loss, migraines, mood swings and stigma. Nothing was the same after a 2005 blast of incoming mortars at a base in Balad, Iraq, that left no outward injuries. For eight years until his head injury was diagnosed. Now, 11 years later, Nafe’s war wound has finally been acknowledged with the Purple Heart
Brain injury survivor learns to live again
Napa Valley Register / October 4, 2016
“After the accident doctors told me that I’d be fine with rest,” Peggy O’Kelly said. “So I went home. But within a few days I knew something was really wrong. I just couldn’t think straight and I often felt emotional and unable to focus. Then one day I was driving with my daughters, and they said, ‘Mom, there’s something wrong with you, you’re not making any sense.’ That’s when I told myself, ‘I don’t care what these doctors are saying, there is something really, really wrong with me.’” After repeated visits, however, O’Kelly’s doctors assured her that the effects of the concussion would not last much longer and that she’d soon be back to normal. She waited and tried to carry on.
2016 DCoE Summit Review: Center offers intensive care for TBI patients
Defense Centers of Excellence / October 3, 2016
Doctors from the Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit Center in Killeen, Texas presented a multidisciplinary treatment approach for service members coping with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit Sept. 13-15.
Researchers make progress toward identifying C.T.E. in the living
The New York Times / September 27, 2016
One of the frustrations of researchers who study chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits, is that it can be detected only in autopsies, and not in the living. Researchers, though, have been trying to solve this problem in two primary ways: by identifying biomarkers linked to the disease that show up on imaging tests in certain locations in the brain, and by trying to locate in the blood the protein that is the hallmark of the disease. On Monday, two groups of researchers said they had made what they considered small steps in developing both methods.
Concussion diagnoses in teens hit a record high
TIME / September 27, 2016
Since laws requiring more stringent monitoring of people who suffer head injuries in sports went into effect, concussion diagnoses have risen.
War studies suggest a concussion leaves the brain vulnerable to PTSD
NPR / September 27, 2016
Studies of troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have found that service members who suffer a concussion (or mild TBI) are far more likely to develop PTSD, a condition that can cause flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety for years after a traumatic event.
Study to connect concussions and academics
The Daily Cardinal / September 26, 2016
A new study, launching this October out of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, hopes to gain new insights into the aftermath of a concussion in high school athletes, but the knowledge gained can be applied to student athletes of all ages.
Veterans’ PTSD and brain injury deserve focused research on new treatments
STAT / September 26, 2016
Suppose that a million or more members of the US Armed Forces and veterans were suffering from an epidemic that could not be prevented, treated or cured — and 20 of them were dying from it every day. Would we address it as a national emergency, mobilizing resources, coordinating research, and insisting on answers? They are — but we aren’t. It’s time for that to change.