Study Finds Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
UPI / February 13, 2017
Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital found that the impact of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, in a child can have long-lasting effects years later. The study found that patients with mild to moderate brain injury are twice as likely to have developed attention problems when examined seven years after injury. The research also found that children with severe TBI are five times more likely to develop secondary ADHD than children without TBI.
Study Tracks Veterans with Brain Injury
WTOP (DC) / February 13, 2017
A far-reaching federal study hopes to provide new detail for veterans suffering from a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Early research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows at least 20% of all veterans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered a TBI. Many heal within weeks or months, but others suffer long-lasting implications. This study hopes to track 1,100 veterans over a 20-year period to learn more about the issue and how such an injury can best be evaluated or treated. Only 700 have signed up so far.
Concussion Recovery Takes Longer for College Students
HealthDay News / February 13, 2017
Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 128 students who suffered a concussion during the 2014-2015 academic year at Northwestern University. Overall, the students took much longer to recover from a concussion than the national average of 7 to 14 days.
The Dark Side of Concussion
Valley News (ND) / February 13, 2017
Concussions are something many people think are just a temporary injury, not realizing they can bring on other health issues. A West Fargo girl has been suffering from a concussion induced injury for nearly three years. It's changed how she and her family live. "I feel like I am not a normal kid," 15-year old Ashtyn Gooselaw said.
UC Study: Concussion affects peripheral vision
The Cincinnati Enquirer / February 8, 2017
Patients with concussion, followed by visual problems, experienced delayed central and peripheral vision reaction times, a study by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine reported.
If Only The Rest Of America Got Concussion Care Like NFL Players
The Huffington Post / February 7, 2017
The league’s neurotrauma program isn’t without its faults, but it’s a lot better than what goes on in the average ER.
Knowing These 9 Concussion Symptoms Could Save Your Brain
Health / February 7, 2017
Symptoms of concussion can be obvious and show up immediately, or they can be subtler, not appearing for days—or weeks—later. Here are the concussion symptoms to know, so you can spot them in yourself, or in others.
Soccer Ball Heading May Cause Concussion Symptoms
The New York Times / February 3, 2017
Soccer players who frequently head the ball may be increasing their risk for concussion, a new study reports. The study, published Wednesday in Neurology, included 222 amateur soccer players who reported the number of times they headed the ball over a two-week period. The athletes also reported any unintentional head impacts, such as collisions with other players or the goal post.
Concussion foundation received nearly 650 new brain donations in 2016
Houston Chronicle / February 3, 2017
The Concussion Legacy Foundation, devoted to studying and preventing head trauma in sports, announced Thursday that 647 new athletes pledged last year to donate their brains after death for research, which brings the total to 1,467.
VA Hospitals Still Struggling With Adding Staff Despite Billions From Choice Act
NPR / January 31, 2017
The $16 billion Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was designed to get veterans medical care more quickly. But an investigation by NPR found that: the VA has about the same number of new hires as the VA would have been projected to hire without the additional $2.5 billion; the new hires weren't sent to VA hospitals with the longest wait times; and the VA medical centers that got new hires were not more likely to see improved wait times.
BrainScope’s Handheld Head Injury Assessment Device Made Available In College, Pro Sports
SportTechie / January 31, 2017
BrainScope’s Ahead 300, a handheld point of care device that objectively and rapidly assesses mild head injury, is helping clinicians and others to gather data that will aid in head injury diagnosis. BrainScope announced this month that it is doing a limited launch to a select group that includes college and professional sports institutions.
Fort Riley soldiers to help in study on how running might help in brain injury recovery
Army Times / January 31, 2017
More than a hundred Fort Riley soldiers are helping University of Kansas researchers study how intense running affects wounded soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury. Clinical trials will assess whether intensive cardiorespiratory exercise helps wounded warriors recover from mild traumatic brain injury.
Researchers offer new hope in treatment for TBI
Melbourne Herald Sun / January 31, 2017
Melbourne researchers are working on an injectable treatment for traumatic brain injury using the protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Melbourne team hopes doctors could inject players after a head clash, or paramedics could administer the peptide to car crash victims, so as to stop the chain reaction of damage after a traumatic brain injury.
State Looks to Survey Veterans with PTSD and TBI
New Hampshire Public Radio / January 31, 2017
The New Hampshire Legislative Commission on PTSD and TBI released a report in 2014 that looked at how many veterans in the state had these injuries and whether they felt they were getting the help they needed. It’s been a few years since that first report came out and the commission is now is now re-interviewing veterans by questionnaire to find out: Did we hit the mark? Did we do the right thing? And where do we go from here?
Photo Essay: My Road to Recovery from TBI
PetaPixel / January 30, 2017
My name is Trevor Gavin and I’m a photographer based near San Francisco. I’d like to share a very personal story of my darkest time. It’s a part of my healing and a part of moving on. It’s the only way I know how to express my emotions.
Skeptical of CTE link, NHL won't fund concussion research
USA Today / January 30, 2017
The NHL has not given money to any of the four centers leading research into neurodegenerative diseases, specifically the question of why so many football and hockey players develop CTE, USA TODAY Sports has found.
Why advances in treating those with brain injuries require advances in respecting their rights
The Huffington Post / January 30, 2017
Many families struggle to get their loved ones needed rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. If they do get rehabilitation, it is often too short to make a difference. Indeed, if patients are too slow to demonstrate improvement, services can be cut off because of stringent “medical necessity” admission criteria, often from third-party insurers. This cutoff makes no sense. If we don’t know how long it takes the injured brain to heal, how do we know the pace is too slow?