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TBI Patients Found to Have Accelerated Rate of Brain Atrophy
Neurology Today / March 31, 2015

Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) appear to have accelerated changes in brain structure similar to those that occur during normal aging, according to a new study published in the April 2015 issue of the Annals of Neurology. The findings lend credence to the notion that TBI causes long-term, progressive structural changes to the brain, which may be linked to the increased risk for early cognitive decline and dementia among these patients, the study authors said.

Moving Beyond “Hand Waving”: Why Do People Sleep a Lot After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Psychiatric Times / March 31, 2015

“Doc, why do I need so much extra sleep? And, what makes me so sleepy during the day?” There are specific systems in the brain that promote wakefulness and regulate sleep. Many of the key cellular components in these systems are found in the hypothalamus, and they may be injured with head trauma. A fascinating look at new research that explains why people with TBI can need so much sleep.

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Virgina Tech Study: Many Hockey Helmets Unsafe
ESPN / March 30, 2015

More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their ability to reduce concussion risk.

The Healing Power of Yoga for Brain Injuries
Yoga Journal / March 30, 2015

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce talks about how key the practice is to his ongoing brain injury recovery.

Iraq Veteran Battles Back from Major Traumatic Brain Injuries
Standard-Examiner / March 30, 2015

In the beginning, Kurtis Edelman couldn’t even remember how to tie his shoes after he sustained a serious brain injury while serving with the Army in Iraq. But thanks to his own perseverance and the compassionate deeds of his wife the retired Army sergeant was able to navigate the extremely long and winding road that was his healing process:

Another Football Player Quits Amid Concussion Concerns
ThinkProgress.org / March 30, 2015

University of Michigan offensive lineman Jack Miller will forgo his senior season in part over concerns about the long-term effects of concussions.

Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says
HealthDay / March 27, 2015

Testing soldiers' sense of smell can help diagnose those with traumatic brain injury, a new study shows. The findings suggest that doctors in combat zones could use smell tests to help identify soldiers who require immediate brain scans, thereby improving frontline care of those with blast injuries, the researchers said.

Judge Rejects N.H.L.’s Bid to Dismiss Concussion Suit
The New York Times / March 26, 2015

In a decision that may prompt a financial settlement, a federal judge denied an NHL motion to dismiss a case brought by retired players who accused the league of concealing from them the risks of repeated head trauma and promoting violence on the ice.

New Research: Young Women More Likely To Suffer Concussions Than Men
KING-5 / March 25, 2015

As many as 3.8-Million concussions are reported every year. Most people think of male athletes when they think of concussions ,but new research is showing young women may be more likely to suffer this injury.

Tackling TBI through Technology
Military Health System / March 25, 2015

A new device that fits in a soldier’s hand could help medical responders get a jump on traumatic brain injury assessments on the battlefield.

My Life: Couple find meaning in life after his brain injury in 2002
Richmond Times-Dispatch / March 25, 2015

I’m living a life I never dreamed of before, a life that grew out of an accident, and a life that now has great meaning to me.

Shaken Science
The Washington Post / March 24, 2015

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a 40-year-old medical diagnosis long defined by three internal conditions: swelling of the brain, bleeding on the surface of the brain and bleeding in the back of the eyes. The diagnosis gave a generation of doctors a way to account for unexplained head injuries in babies and prosecutors a stronger case for criminal intent. It has also led to more than a decade of fierce debate: Testing has been unable to show whether violent shaking can produce the bleeding and swelling long attributed to the diagnosis, and doctors have found that accidents and diseases can trigger identical conditions in babies.

Concussion Experts Pick Apart The Myth That Cycling Is More Dangerous Than Football
The Huffington Post / March 24, 2015

It's a startling claim, especially considering the number of parents who fear the effect football could have on their children. But when The Huffington Post contacted four concussion experts this week, they all either denied the comparison outright or described it as false or difficult to make.

NFL May Change Way Suspected Concussions Are Handled
Philly.com / March 24, 2015

The NFL's competition committee has proposed giving a certified athletic trainer up in the booth the authority to stop a game if they see a player who is disoriented or showing signs of distress and have him removed from the game until he is checked out.

What We Know About the NFL's Boogeyman, CTE
VICE Sports / March 23, 2015

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been a known condition since the 1920's, but it remains one of medical science's great mystery. What exactly do we know about CTE?

Swing and a miss! MLB batters have trouble hitting for two weeks after returning from concussion
The Washington Post / March 20, 2015

A study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Sports Medicine provides a look at how the brain and sports performance still may be affected after the most obvious symptoms of concussion have cleared, raising questions about whether athletes -- at all levels -- are truly recovered when we send them back on the field. The research looked at professionals' ability to hit a baseball -- one of the most difficult skills in sports -- after returning from a concussion.

Concussion Bill Would Keep Kids Out of Class Until They Get Doctor’s Permission
Philly.com / March 20, 2015

A new bill being considered in New Jersey would require any student who suffers a concussion to be evaluated by a doctor or other healthcare provider and get written clearance before they can go back to school.

The New Brain Injury Test for Cyclists
Outside Magazine / March 19, 2015

How one team is leading pro cycling out of the concussion Dark Ages—and providing a potential road map for the NFL.

Concussion Concerns Force Borland Retirement
ESPN / March 17, 2015

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies this past season, is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, as well as studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

Concussions in Soldiers Linked to PTSD Symptoms
St. Louis Public Radio / March 17, 2015

A study conducted by neurologists at Washington University and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. looked at the correlation between concussions and the development of PTSD symptoms afterward. “The long-term hypotheses we’re testing is whether the combination of brain injury and major stress is greater than the sum of the parts,” says Dr. David Brody, a principal investigator on the project and professor of neurology at Washington University.

The Repercussions of Concussions
The McGill Daily / March 16, 2015

No matter how well the NHL deals with concussion issues in the future, youth hockey players are still beating the crap out of each other, perhaps even more than the professionals do. While it is important to note that fighting doesn’t cause all the injuries that lead to CTE, the fact that youth hockey is so much worse than the NHL in this measure of violence is worrying. Furthermore, three recent studies focusing on college hockey players suggests that for young adults, even one concussion can have measurable long-term effects on the brain.

How to Live with a Constant Headache for 6 Years Straight
Medium / March 16, 2015

This isn't a metaphor, it's my story. Sometimes it is really difficult to open my eyes in the morning and face the day, knowing how sick I feel, and knowing it will just get worse when I apply myself. But distracting myself with my passions, and feeling that sense of accomplishment is how I survive.

After TBI, PTSD Symptoms Predict Later Disability
Psychiatry Advisor / March 13, 2015

Military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries who also experience early post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms have an increased risk for later disability, according to a study published in the journal Brain. The researchers found that symptoms like anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks, and irritability were stronger predictors of later disability than cognitive and physical assessments.

NFL, Players' Lawyers Make Formal Pitch for Concussion Plan
ESPN / March 13, 2015

The NFL and opposing lawyers have filed a 208-page defense of their final plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits. The lawsuits accuse the NFL of hiding the known risks of playing after a concussion. The settlement is expected to cost the NFL more than $1 billion over 65 years. Retired players with severe cognitive illnesses could get up to $5 million. The average payout for someone with dementia is expected to be about $190,000.

Legal Issues Associated With Brain Injuries and Mental Capacity
Huffington Post / March 12, 2015

Dealing with the legal issues associated with brain injuries and mental capacity can be challenging. The nature of these issues requires that they also be viewed from an emotional, human perspective to receive a full understanding of each unique situation.

A Simple Flashcard Test to Detect Concussions
New York Times / March 12, 2015

A simple and inexpensive test could be administered by any coach or parent to detect concussions in young players.

Nearly All Denver Jail Inmates in High-Risk Unit Have Brain Trauma
The Denver Post / March 9, 2015

Neurological researchers from the University of Denver expected to find an above-average prevalence of brain trauma at the Downtown Detention Center. But the results were high enough to shock them. Nearly every inmate screened — 96 percent — had a traumatic brain injury.

The Anatomy of A Concussion: How The Perception of Head Injuries Has Changed
Kokomo Tribune (IN) / March 9, 2015

Are there more concussions being suffered by athletes today, or is there simply more known about what to look for and how to diagnose them in the modern world?

This 2-Minute Test Helps Parents Easily Figure Out If A Child Has A Concussion
The Huffington Post / March 6, 2015

A quick and simple test can identify concussions in children as young as 5 with an astonishing rate of success, according to a new study. So why aren't people talking about it more?

Strict student-athlete concussion rules clear Senate panel
Education Week / March 6, 2015

Strict guidelines on when a New Mexico student athlete can return to play after a concussion cleared an initial legislative hurdle Friday.

Ex-NFLer Sidney Rice Says Concussion Awareness Made Him Decide To Retire
Sports Illustrated / March 4, 2015

Super Bowl Champion Sidney Rice explains why he decided to walk away from the NFL and what scares him the most about the impact concussions may have on his future.

Amid Concussion Fears, Parents Push for New Rules in Youth Soccer
PBS NewsHour / March 3, 2015

Increased scrutiny over youth soccer, which has become one of the leading causes of concussions for kids in the U.S., has prompted some parents -- including a prominent neurosurgeon and World Cup champion Brandi Chastain -- to petition to take headers out of the game for kids. NewsHour's William Brangham reports.

4 Things the NFL Needs to Do to Fix Its Concussion Problem
CBS Sports / March 3, 2015

How did a staggering Julian Edelman never come out the Super Bowl? Here are four rules the NFL needs to adopt to fix its concussion crisis.

Tracking Brain Blood Flow May Help Predict Concussion Outcomes
HealthDay / March 3, 2015

In study, scans show reduced circulation in brains of football players who had not recovered from the injury.

Life with a TBI: March Is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Huffington Post / March 2, 2015

A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand. The woman who has to write a Post-it note for every single task on her to-do list is no longer the multi-tasker she once was. The woman who used to type at 100 words per minute with zero mistakes now has to take her time and correct many keystroke errors as she goes because her brain gets confused with letters.

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