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CTE expert Dr. Chris Nowinski to NFL stars: Stop hiding concussions
Sporting News / May 23, 2017

Recent admissions about brain trauma for Tom Brady and others remind Dr. Chris Nowinski that this is a habit NFL players must break, right now.

What is CTE?
The Washington Post / May 18, 2017

CTE, a brain degeneration disease, has been found in the brains of deceased NFL Hall of Famers. Here's what you need to know about it.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience and the VA Announce Landmark Brain Research Partnership
Cohen Veterans Bioscience / May 18, 2017

Cohen Veterans Bioscience and the VA are spearheading the Research Alliance for PTSD/TBI Innovation and Discovery Diagnostics (RAPID-Dx). This effort will capitalize on recent advances in brain imaging, genetics and other areas that are bringing the previously unseen impact of #PTSD and #TBI into focus.

The Real Trouble With Brady’s Undisclosed Concussion
Sports Illustrated / May 18, 2017

Maybe his wife is mistaken, or maybe the Patriots kept it under wraps, but if the NFL’s biggest star was unwilling to self-report symptoms it’s a much bigger issue for the league. Plus, the good and the bad of the Eagles signing Blount, and a sneaky good roster in L.A.

How Technological Advances Could Create Better Tests for Brain Injury, Change Sports Culture
SportTechie / May 18, 2017

How companies are working toward a more objective way to diagnose brain injuries and concussion and maybe even CTE for the living.

Miami Dolphins Nick Buoniconti shines light on CTE
Miami Herald / May 18, 2017

Nick Buoniconti was a linebacker in the NFL for 14 years. He estimates that during that time he absorbed a whopping 520,000 hits. Buoniconti recently revealed that he is likely suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE — the scourge that has plagued veteran football players who made a living as human battering rams, and who received the blows as we watched and cheered.


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Wounded Troops Discharged for Misconduct Often Had PTSD or TBI
The New York Times / May 17, 2017

From 2011 to 2015 nearly 92,000 troops were discharged for misconduct — the military equivalent of being fired. Of those discharged, 57,000 had a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD or a related condition. In recent years the military adopted regulations to require mental health screening to detect PTSD and TBI before a soldier was punished. Tuesday’s report found that screenings were often not conducted. In the Army and the Marine Corps, about 40 percent of cases reviewed by investigators did not have the required screening.

Ex-NFL Players Matt Hasselbeck, Leonard Marshall Pledge Brains To Support CTE Research
SportTechie / May 17, 2017

Former NFL players Matt Hasselbeck and Leonard Marshall announced they will both be donating their brains to help researchers to learn more about the ways football affects the brain. The former players have pledged their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and specifically, the foundation will be using the brains to research concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brains of those who have suffered repeated blows to the head.

Commentary: Changing cycling’s concussion culture
Velonews / May 17, 2017

Toms Skujins’s crash during Monday’s stage of the Amgen Tour of California underscores the challenge cycling still faces with head injuries. Riders are often free to continue participating in the race even if they are suffering from a concussion

Moving More After a Concussion
The New York Times / May 17, 2017

Restricting all forms of activity after a concussion is known as “cocooning.” But now new guidelines, written by an international panel of concussion experts and published this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, question that practice. Instead of cocooning, the new guidelines suggest that most young athletes should be encouraged to start being physically active with a day or two after the injury.

San Diego Doctors Using Special Treatment to Combat CTE
CBS New San Diego / May 17, 2017

How Kaizen Brain Center in California is using magnetic stimulation to fight brain disease in former athletes and veterans.

Outcomes getting worse in veterans years after mild concussion
UPI / May 16, 2017

A new study suggests U.S. military members who have mild concussion after blast injuries are experiencing worse outcomes five years later, and that treatment has been largely ineffective. "Most physicians believe that patients will stabilize 6-12 months post-injury, but this study challenges that, showing progression of post-concussive symptoms well after this time frame," said Christine L. Mac Donald, associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle

Mother Rehabbed Son 22 Years After Brain Injury
The Daily Commercial (CT) / May 16, 2017

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Nancy Foryan gave birth to son Ed Simone twice — the first time in the conventional manner, the second as she rehabilitated him following a traumatic brain injury. The process is now at 22 years and counting. When asked if there’s any achievement she is particularly proud of, Foryan says “my son.” She’s proud of him because he never gave up. He’s proud of her for the same reason. She’s his hero.

‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti
Sports Illustrated / May 10, 2017

From tough-guy captain of the Dolphins’ perfect team to driven force behind the nation’s premier spinal-cord research program, Nick Buoniconti was always in charge, always on top. Now, as his body and mind succumb to the ravages of football, he and his loved ones are left angry, confused and grasping to understand.

Sidney Crosby takes the fall for NHL's failed procedures
USA Today / May 10, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby again finds himself answering questions after Monday's playoff game against the Washington Capitals about the league’s concussion protocol and whether it failed him, a topic he’s tired of and, quite frankly, doesn’t think is anyone’s business. But the curiosity and concern are warranted, given both Crosby’s history and stature and the NHL’s record of denial when it comes to head trauma.

Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child's Concussion
NPR / May 4, 2017

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.

DoD awards Abbott $11 million to create mobile test for TBI
Healthcare IT News / May 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has picked Abbott Laboratories to develop a traumatic brain injury test in a one-bid contract. Abbott will collaborate with the U.S Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity in Frederick, Maryland, according to the DoD.

World-Renowned Brain Injury Expert to Lead CNRM
NewsWise / May 4, 2017

Dr. David Brody, who is considered one of the world’s foremost researchers on traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases, has been appointed to the faculty of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), a Department of Defense agency, and will direct the university’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM).

Gauging 5-year outcomes after concussive blast traumatic brain injury
Science Daily / May 2, 2017

Most wartime traumatic brain injuries are mild but the long-term clinical effects of these injuries have not been well described. A new article published by JAMA Neurology identifies potential predictors of poor outcomes in service members diagnosed with concussive blast TBI.

Women 50% higher risk for sports-related concussion
Medscape / May 2, 2017

Investigators at Columbia University in New York found that among college athletes of both sexes who competed in sports such as soccer, football, and basketball, women were 50% more likely to sustain sports-related concussions.

Boston VA incorrectly processed 1 in 6 traumatic brain injury cases
Boston Herald / May 1, 2017

An inspection of the Boston VA Regional Office found an “unacceptable” error rate in assessing the degree of disability in traumatic brain injury claims despite a warning four years earlier to add more oversight and safeguards.

Mild TBI and Chronic Cognitive Impairment
The National Law Review / May 1, 2017

Researchers concluded that, in contrast to the prevailing view that most symptoms of concussion are resolved within three months post-injury, approximately 50 percent of individuals with a single mTBI demonstrate long-term cognitive impairment.

Approximately 80K Students to have Concussion Insurance
WSAW-TV / April 27, 2017

Staring in August, about 80,000 Wisconsin student athletes will have concussion insurance. The insurance policy will act as a secondary insurance for students so families don't have to worry about out-of -pocket costs. "Primary will pay their portion and this program is set up to pay for all the gaps. There is zeros deductible with this program, so if there is no primary insurance set in place this will drop down and become primary," said Scott Lunsford, Senior Vice President of K&K Insurance Company.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s biggest victory was raising concussion awareness
USA Today / April 27, 2017

For everything he accomplished on the race track, and there was plenty, nothing carried as much weight as what Dale Earnhardt Jr. did off of it. By being open and honest about his concussions and the impact they had not just on his racing career but his entire life, Earnhardt broadened the discussion about head trauma. Be it other athletes, his fans or people who just recognized his famous last name, there are countless others who are better because of his struggles.

More teen knowledge about concussion may not increase reporting
Reuters / April 27, 2017

High school athletes with access to a certified athletic trainer are more knowledgeable about concussions and their consequences, but that doesn’t make them more likely to report a concussion, a U.S. study finds.

Resources help Soldiers cope with brain injuries
Fort Hood Sentinel / April 27, 2017

Traumatic brain injuries are hard to diagnose and difficult to treat because of the disease’s symptom diversity that can include anything from depression and anxiety to balance and memory issues. “There are so many forms of comorbidity associated with TBI that it makes for a very complex case presentation,” said Dr. Scott Engle, director of Fort Hood’s Intrepid Spirit Center. Recent data confirms that National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and its programs are making a difference in helping Soldiers manage depression and post-traumatic stress.

Lawsuit: Army Should Factor PTSD in Discharge Decisions
Military.com / April 27, 2017

A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The plaintiffs, two Army veterans from Connecticut who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, say in the lawsuit that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges. The lawsuit filed in Connecticut by Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic is seeking class-action status.

Brain’s ability to rewire after injury can lead to long-term strains
Medical News / April 26, 2017

Like air-traffic controllers scrambling to reconnect flights when a major hub goes down, the brain has a remarkable ability to rewire itself after suffering an injury. However, maintaining these new connections between brain regions can strain the brain's resources, which can lead to serious problems later, including Alzheimer's Disease, according to researchers.

Team Wendy to target blast waves and rotational injuries in next-gen military helmets
New Atlas / April 26, 2017

Born out of family tragedy, Team Wendy has transitioned from small ski-gear manufacturer to supplier for the Australian and American military. Their next generation of helmets is being designed to better counteract rotational injuries and blast waves.

The invisible causes of homelessness
The Irish Times / April 26, 2017

In the United Kingdom, about 50 per cent of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury and the vast majority of these injuries occurred before they became homeless, according to a recent report in The Psychologist.


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