Updated map of the human brain hailed as a scientific tour de force
The Guardian / July 22, 2016
Now researchers have updated the 100-year-old map in a scientific tour de force which reveals that the human brain has at least 180 different regions that are important for language, perception, consciousness, thought, attention and sensation. The landmark achievement hands neuroscientists their most comprehensive map of the cortex so far, one that is expected to supersede Brodmann’s as the standard researchers use to talk about the various areas of the brain.
In the dark: The frightening world of sports, concussion and TBI
The Good Men Project / July 21, 2016
Thirty years ago, I abruptly quit playing high school football right before playoffs. I’d racked up 13 concussions from age four through 16 and got most of them while playing sports. I went to the hospital after my first few concussions, but then I began hiding them so I could keep playing. I didn’t know how to tell anyone I had a concussion because I was brainwashed into believing that concussions didn’t harm the brain and all I needed to do was suck them up. After every new concussion, my symptoms were worse and it took longer to recover, they were having a negative impact on my athletic ability, academics, and relationships. I was losing the “real me” and I didn’t like who I was becoming. Neither did anyone else.
NFL doctor who discounted dangers of head trauma retires
The New York Times / July 21, 2016
For years, the NFL relied on, and endorsed the medical expertise of, a rheumatologist with no formal training in neurology or brain science who denied a link between head trauma and certain brain diseases even as scientific evidence of a strong connection mounted. Dr. Pellman’s sudden departure comes as the NFL tries to repair the damage done by him and other medical professionals hired by the league who ultimately tried to explain away the dangers of concussions and head trauma.
New York to require $1 Million brain-injury coverage for mixed martial artists
The New York Times / July 20, 2016
A plan to end the state’s opposition to mixed martial arts will require licensed MMA fighters and professional boxers to obtain the highest minimum insurance coverage in the country.
Brain injury treatment: VGH first hospital to use new procedure
Vancouver Sun / July 20, 2016
Vancouver General Hospital intensive care specialists Dr. Donald Griesdale and Dr. Mypinder Sekhon explain a new medical procedure to more effectively monitor brain oxygen and brain blood pressure levels in patients with traumatic brain injury. Competitive freestyle skier, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, was the first patient to be treated while she was in a coma.
Dozens of wrestlers sue WWE over CTE, effects of traumatic brain injuries
Chicago Tribune / July 19, 2016
The suit alleges that the wrestlers incurred long term neurological injuries in the course of working for the company, failed to care for them and even fraudulently misrepresented and concealed the nature and extent of those injuries. The class-action suit addressed the possibility of the company invoking a contact-sports exception for negligence liability by stating, "WWE wrestling matches, unlike other contact sports, involve very specific moves that are scripted, controlled, directed and choreographed by WWE. As such the moves that resulted in Named Plaintiffs' head injuries were the direct result of the WWE's actions."
Burlington family fights on after son's traumatic brain injury
North Carolina Health News / July 19, 2016
At the heart of the dilemma for these two families is government, hospital and insurance company policies and practices that tend to abandon full-scale rehabilitation efforts for people with traumatic brain injury, after 60 days. In Zack’s case, the Irby family says, his periodic improvements in brain and physical function have been hijacked by stretches in which he was denied meaningful therapy.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is putting his health above racing as concussion-like symptoms linger
SB Nation / July 19, 2016
Dale Earnhardt Jr. publicly discussed his concussion symptoms for the first time in a weekly podcast on his website that posted yesterday afternoon. Earnhardt has a history of head injuries. He suffered a concussion in 2002 and two within a six-week span in 2012. In March, the 41-year-old pledged to donate his brain to science for concussion research.
Art therapy helps Marine heal from traumatic brain injury
DoD News / July 19, 2016
For Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Tony Mannino, art and music therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Maryland, is a way for him to recover from his traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
WWE subpoenas Dr. Bennet Omalu to hand over deceased wrestler research
SB Nation / July 18, 2016
The latest revelation in the ongoing legal war between WWE attorney and the lawyer who is representing Vito LoGrasso and Evan Singleton in a concussion lawsuit against the company, is that WWE has subpoenaed Dr. Bennet Omalu to hand over his research on Chris Benoit and other deceased wrestlers, plus any correspondence with Chris Nowinski and his Concussion Legacy Foundation.
National Intrepid Center zeroes in on brain injury
DoD News / July 18, 2016
This is the first article in a five-part series on the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, that will highlight its mission, the people who work there, its research and technology, its clinical programs and how it has helped service members on their road to recovery.
TBI's long-term follow-up: Slow progress in science and recovery
Georgetown University Medical Center / July 18, 2016
Eleven years ago medical journalist Susan Okie, MD, first introduced readers to two U.S. Army veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iraq, and the challenges they faced in the recovery period after returning home. In the July 14 issue of the The New England Journal of Medicine, Okie describes her follow-up interviews with the soldiers, and the slow journey to recovery that continues more than a decade later.
VA doubling back to resolve TBI claims denials
Military Times / July 14, 2016
Veterans Affairs officials aren't saying how 24,000 veterans were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury by VA physicians considered unqualified to make such a determination, but on Wednesday, told Congress the department is working to resolve related disability claims problems.
Parkinson’s Head Trauma Link Looks Even Stronger
TIME / July 13, 2016
In a new study published in JAMA Neurology, researchers find stronger reason to be concerned about the long term effects of head injuries, particularly when it comes to Parkinson’s disease, which recently contributed to the death of Muhammad Ali.
Damage to Pea-Size Gland May Cause PTSD-Like Symptoms
Scientific America / July 13, 2016
Preliminary research presented to the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that soldiers with TBI go on to develop hormonal deficiencies and symptoms that could be mistaken for PTSD as much as 40% of the time. Several other small studies over the past six years suggest a similar relationship. Combat is not the only arena in which scientists have found a connection between TBI and hormone dysfunction. Several studies have suggested that head injuries on the sports field or in car accidents are linked with an increase in pituitary disorders.
Baseline tests perform important role in concussion diagnosis
Newton Tab / July 12, 2016
The test includes a computerized exam, balance tests and eye tracking tests. It is recommended that baseline testing be performed every year until age 13 and every two years afterward. “It is just a good thing to have on file,” Cindy Sullivan said. “My son plays football and has been fortunate enough not to have a concussion."
New Ways of Looking at the Unseen Wounds of War
Creators / July 12, 2016
Chuck Norris talks about a new way to look at the unseen injuries of war. "For those combat veterans exposed to these injuries and now living with the aftermath, several former Special Operations soldiers told the New York Times that just being told they have a physical wound rather than a mental one makes a big difference, even if the injury is, at present, incurable."
Youth Concussions: A Matter of National Concern
The Huffington Post / July 11, 2016
A widely publicized new study in the journal Pediatrics has reignited concern about concussions in children and young adults. The study, which looked at health insurance claims for almost 9 million Americans, found that concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. The big question is whether the increase reflects a true rise in the number of injuries or an increase in diagnoses -- or both.
Single dose protects cognitive function after mild traumatic brain injury
Science Daily / July 11, 2016
A new molecule could protect the brain from cognitive impairments after a mild traumatic brain injury, according to Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists. Further studies could establish the potential for a single dose of TXM-peptides to prevent damage if administered even one hour after brain trauma.
Adding “Brain Injury” To The Profile
SB Nation / July 11, 2016
I get to learn about brains now. Unfortunately, I have to start with my own. Over the past few months I've been fighting headaches on a nearly daily basis. I know the cause. I hoped the headaches might be diet related, so I have tried using more caffeine, no caffeine, sugar, no sugar - you name it. Take all things diet-related and stick them in a list and I’ve tried them. If I have one more person tell me I’m not hydrating enough I will kill them. None of these have had an effect on the headaches so in June I finally had a brain MRI.
Concussion leaves mark in brain's white matter 6 months after injury
Medical News Today / July 8, 2016
Athletes may still experience long-term brain changes even after they feel they have recovered from the injury. These findings have important implications for managing concussions and determining recovery in athletes who have experienced a sports-related concussion.
Army partners with MIT on program to detect brain injury
The Fort Campbell Courier / July 8, 2016
Researchers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) are developing a computer algorithm to identify vocal biomarkers that could help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion.
Paul Hornung suing helmet maker Riddell, citing head trauma
ESPN / July 8, 2016
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung sued equipment manufacturer Riddell Inc. on Thursday, saying football helmets that he wore during his professional career in the 1950s and '60s failed to protect him from brain injury.
Novel drug shows promise for imporving memory loss after TBI
University of Miami / July 8, 2016
Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) improves their learning memory ability, as reported in a new study published online today in the July edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug, a selective phosphodiesterase 4 subtype inhibitor (PDE4B), is currently under development by Tetra Discovery Partners, a privately held biotechnology company and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by University of Miami / Miami Project researchers.
Crash survivor's health-care team calls for outpatient brain injury clinic
CBC News / July 7, 2016
"We know that the real work starts when they leave here," said Emily Ewert, an occupational therapist. But help is limited at that point. "There is no coordinated team to provide the therapies with physio and speech and occupational therapy and social work together as a team. It's a concern in general for going back to the community," said Laura Vandurme, speech and language pathologist.
Teaching prison imates about their own brain trauma could help them rehabilitate
Newsweek / July 5, 2016
For the first time in his life, Bryce Mickelson has been learning about the brain and the many bad things that happen when it’s hit over and over again. Two weeks after being interviewed by a graduate student about his head injury history, Mickelson received a copy of his neuropsychological report, which showed evidence of repeated blunt force brain trauma. The report outlined his cognitive and behavioral challenges and suggested strategies that could help him cope.
The girl I love is still in there
Women's Day / July 5, 2016
One husband shares how he helps his wife deal with the raw realities of a traumatic brain injury. Nearly 20 years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty, Alexis Courneen struggles with everyday tasks—but lives a full life, thanks to the sweetheart who's always by her side.
Estimating traumatic brain injury in children
America Academy of Pediatrics / July 5, 2016
New work published in Pediatrics estimates 1.1 to 1.9 million children and adolescents experience traumatic brain injury each year while playing sports or during recreational activities. Researchers also estimated that most children with such injuries -- between 511,590 and 1,240,972 -- didn't get any medical attention. The researchers used three national databases to provide what is considered the most accurate and precise estimate of such injuries.
Breakthrough in blast-related brain injuries reveals microscopic scarring
Military times / July 1, 2016
Findings show the first physical evidence of brain injury resulting from exposure to high explosives. The brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts in combat, have been found to have microscopic scarring in the star-shaped cells that line the junctions between their gray and white matter. Researchers with the Defense Department’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) say the results could account for the physical and behavioral changes seen in some troops after they return from war.
Can acupuncture improve quality of life for people with TBI related headaches?
Genetic Engineering News / June 30, 2016
A study comparing the effectiveness of usual care to usual care plus acupuncture in treating patients with post-TBI headaches showed a significant improvement in headache-related quality of life with the with the addition of acupuncture.
Cowbot tough: Head injuries are 'part of it,' cowboys say
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette / June 30, 2016
The Rodeo Association requires each of its athletes to wear a cowboy hat into the arena to preserve the Western culture that started rodeos. An exception is made for protective helmets and face masks but bull rider Corey Atwell of Moravian Falls, N.H., chose not to wear a helmet. "I grew up wearing a hat," he said. "I would have been considered a sissy if I wore a helmet."
UC Irvine survey finds concussion prevalent in water polo
Los Angeles Times / June 29, 2016
A UC Irvine survey has confirmed that concussions appear to be prevalent in the sport of water polo, especially for goalies. More than a third of water polo participants reported sustaining a concussion during a game or practice, according to the poll conducted by UC Irvine researchers.
New technology could deliver drugs to brain injuries
Science Daily / June 29, 2016
A new study led by scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) describes a technology that could lead to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, provides a means of homing drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain.
Athletes get the best concussion care, but most brain injuries happen to ordinary people like me
Quartz / June 28, 2016
While the plight of famous athletic figures has garnered high levels of scrutiny the typical head injury patient still enters a medical landscape sapped of resources and attention. Me? I’m a 5-foot-3, 25-year-old management consultant living in New York City, whose most impressive athletic achievement is almost winning a JV tennis match in high school. I could hardly have less in common with these professional jocks. But I too endured a concussion, and like many wounded sports pros, I worried about its impact on my career...
4 celebrities who live with a traumatic brain injury
KSL (UT) / June 27, 2016
TBIs affect an estimated 5.3 million Americans. While these injuries are common, they are among the most devastating injuries a person could suffer. Here are just four of the millions of TBI stories and their messages of hope.