High-fructose diet hampers recovery from traumatic brain injury
UCLA / October 6, 2015
UCLA neuroscientists report in a new study that a diet high in processed fructose interferes with the brain’s ability to heal. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury.
Concussion pathologist played by Will Smith tells his story
MedScape / October 5, 2015
The attention and bright lights are new to Dr Omalu, who remembers a solitary Saturday alone in the Allegheny County medical examiner's office where his journey began. Fresh out of his fellowship training in neuropathology, Dr Omalu found himself looking down at the body of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster.
Sample-stretching technique lets researchers study brain injuries using living tissue
ScienceLine / October 5, 2015
“Your brain is not a beach ball. It does not bounce around inside your skull,” says Barclay Morrison, who instead compares the brain to Jell-O. A professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, Morrison wants to dispel the common misconception that during a car accident, the brain bangs about inside the skull. Instead, like gelatin in a bowl, brain cells warp as their container, the skull, is jostled, he says.
Are American parents too afraid of concussions?
Futurity / October 4, 2015
A survey of US adults suggests the vast majority don’t know the definition of a concussion and many don’t know the injury is treatable. The national survey of 2,012 Americans age 18 and over was conducted online in April by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The survey results show that, despite a lack of knowledge and understanding, there is a high level of concern and even fear across the country.
Robotic exoskeleton helps vet with brain injury walk again
Stars and Stripes / September 29, 2015
Trevor Greene, a former Canadian soldier who suffered a brain injury during an attack in Afghanistan in 2006, walks with a robotic exoskeleton, Sept. 17, 2015, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. This is the first time exoskeleton technology, designed for those with spinal cord injuries, has been used for a person with a brain injury, said SFU professor Carolyn Sparrey.
New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease
PBS Frontline / September 22, 2015
A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury.
Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of NFL players that they’ve examined and in 79 percent of all football players. The disease is widely believed to stem from repetitive trauma to the head, and can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia. In total, the lab has found CTE in the brain tissue in 131 out of 165 individuals who, before their deaths, played football either professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school.
Tracy Morgan closes out Emmy night with emotional appearance
Entertainment Tonight / September 21, 2015
Tracy Morgan thanked the audience for “prayers” and “positive thoughts,” and offered details of his recovery. Just as it seemed he might be losing strength — his speech was somewhat halting — he cracked a joke.
Advancing Treatment for PTSD and TBI
The Huffington Post / September 17, 2015
Being a veteran advocate is my full-time job. It's the kind of job that you take with you on vacation, into the shower, to bed at night. I often feel frustrated in my work. But once again I'm feeling optimistic and energized. Recently I've had the opportunity to be in dialogue about modes of treatment for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury with two outstanding veteran advocates.
MRI improves diagnosis of microbleeding after brain injury in military personnel
Eureka Alert.org / September 16, 2015
"TBI is a large problem for our military service members and their families," said Dr. Gerard Riedy, M.D., Ph.D., chief of neuroimaging at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "We found that many of those who have served and suffered this type of injury were not imaged until many, many months after injury occurred thus resulting in lower rates of cerebral microhemorrhage detection which delays treatment."
The State of America’s Football Concussion Crisis (Charts)
Business 2 Community / September 16, 2015
It seems that the numbers are reflecting the raised awareness of the concussion crisis that is slowly permeating all rungs of the football community. The number of concussions in each age group has slowly decreased in the last year or so, which could be related to declining youth involvement in football. In fact, Pop Warner saw a participation drop of 9.5 percent between 2010-2012, citing concerns about head injuries as “the No. 1 cause.”
Summit aims to put brain injuries on level with post-9/11 trauma care
Army.mil / September 16, 2015
There's a system of joint trauma care now from the battlefield all the way to Walter Reed or Brooke Army Medical Center, he explained. That same type of system is needed for traumatic brain injury, says Gen. Brian C. Lein, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Maryland.
NHL to hire ‘concussion spotters’ to oversee player safety during games, report says
The Washington Post / September 15, 2015
Like all contact sports, hockey is inherently dangerous. But now the NHL wants to make it safer by introducing independent “concussion spotters” at all its games this season. The new personnel will be present at all 30 NHL arenas.
How does the NFL’s concussion protocol work?
The News & Observer / September 15, 2015
The NFL’s concussion protocol consists of a three-step process that a player must go through before being cleared to return. A look at the three steps.