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New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients
WIRED / October 17, 2014

After a severe brain injury, some people remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, unable to speak or move intentionally, and apparently unaware of the world around them. But in recent years, neuroscientists have found signs that some of these patients may still be conscious, at least to a degree. Now researchers have used a branch of mathematics called graph theory to search for neural signatures

Sport NFL Series: Concussion Previous | Index 'I walked around for 13 years with a headache, I thought it was normal'
The Gaurdian / October 17, 2014

Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is one of the ex-players to have opted out of the NFL’s concussion settlement, as those living with brain damage have been excluded. He is rejecting the settlement because he believes he will not receive any money from the settlement since the suit does not recognize CTE diagnosis in living players.

NFL Players Assocation President: "No such thing as mild concussion"
ESPN Blog / October 16, 2014

The president of the NFL Players Association did not appreciate the use of “mild’’ connected to a concussion as Carolina coach Ron Rivera used on Wednesday in describing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s status.

Marvin Lewis misses the mark entirely on concussions
SB Nation / October 16, 2014

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gave an inappropriate answer to a question about concussions at his weekly press conference Wednesday. When asked about the number of concussions linebacker Vontaze Burfict has suffered in his career, Lewis' response baffled many in the room and didn't match with the league's renewed emphasis on proper concussion diagnosis and protocol.

Duerson family objects to settlement
ESPN / October 15, 2014

The family of Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears defensive back who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest to preserve his brain for study, filed an objection to the NFL concussion settlement Tuesday. The objection, like a similar one filed on behalf of seven other former players, blasts the deal as unfair for limiting payouts for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative disease that sparked the NFL's concussion crisis.

Brain injury similarities in troops, football players spur collaboration, research
The Washington Times / October 15, 2014

The gridiron and the battlefield have little in common, but brain injuries plaguing combat veterans and former football players has doctors and veterans’ advocates eager to bring brain injury research out of the “dark ages.”

Researchers awarded $12 million to study traumatic brain injury
Standford Medicine News Center / October 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $12 million over a three-year period to the School of Medicine to establish a multi-institutional consortium to develop a new brain-trauma classification system that will lead to effective diagnostics and therapeutics.The principal investigator for the grant is Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, clinical professor of neurosurgery and director of the Stanford Concussion Center.

NFL concussion suit: Belcher's daughter opted in
USA Today / October 14, 2014

Former NFL players have until Tuesday to decide whether to opt out or take part in a tentative settlement of concussion suits against the league. Few have opted out so far. An attorney says different choices will be made in the cases of late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and more than 20 other ex-players he represents.

Kids and Concussion: Early Recognition Is Key to Recovery
The Huffington Post / October 14, 2014

A new school year has begun. Playgrounds are full of children chasing, tumbling and climbing. Sports fields teem with young athletes practicing football, field hockey, and soccer. And, emergency rooms this fall will see thousands of pediatric concussions resulting from head injuries sustained during these and other activities. Unfortunately, sports-related concussion is a common injury among children and adolescents, and symptoms can seriously intrude on children's lives, especially if not recognized and addressed early on.

What's Killing American High School Football Stars?
Healthline / October 14, 2014

This week, high school football player Tom Cutinella was laid to rest. The 16-year-old from Long Island died while blocking for a teammate during a football game. 

Cutinella was the third high school football player to die in one week. 

Fla. Bill Protects Student Athletes From Concussions
CBS Miami / October 10, 2014

Long gone are the days of “shaking it off” and playing through a sports injury.  As more and more concussions are being diagnosed in high school sports, many more athletes are sitting on the sidelines.  This is in large part due to both a new law and more coaches and trainers being trained on the condition.

Study finds evidence of degenerative brain disease in nearly all former football players examined
ABC News / October 10, 2014

There's growing evidence of the danger of concussion in sport and its link to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Dr Ann McKee examined the brains of 79 former NFL players and found damage in most of them​. She's been speaking to Sarah Sedghi.

Brain injury expert critical of deal
ESPN / October 9, 2014

A scientist studying the brains of deceased athletes with head trauma criticized the proposed NFL concussion settlement, saying it would not compensate retirees who exhibit mood swings, aggression, depression or other aberrant behavior.

Former N.F.L. Players Seek Extension on Opting Out of Concussion Settlement
The New York Times / October 8, 2014

Several former players who sued the N.F.L. for hiding the dangers of concussions from them asked the judge overseeing the settlement of the case to extend the date for opting out of the settlement.

Jules Bianchi: Family confirms Formula One driver sustained traumatic brain injury in Japanese GP crash
ABC News / October 8, 2014

French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi suffered a traumatic brain injury in his Japanese Grand Prix crash and remains in a critical but stable condition, his family said.

Blocked: 1969 Super Bowl Star Dave Herman Diagnosed with CTE
NBC News / October 7, 2014

Toward the end of his pro football career, Dave Herman would often wake up the morning after a game and not remember which team he’d played against, much less the score. When his son would ask him what had happened in the previous day’s game, Herman wouldn’t have a ready answer.

“I’d say, ‘Give me the paper and we’ll find out,’” Herman remembers. “I’d have some recollection, but not of the score or who had a great game.”

Not until decades later did these and other lapses lead Herman into the midst of research on — and debate about — a degenerative neurologic disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Enforcer: John Branch’s ‘Boy on Ice’
The New York Times / October 7, 2014

"Maybe this guy could be an animal one day."

No single statement captures so succinctly the harrowing nature of the Boogaard saga, the corrosive pact by which a troubled, needy boy reduces himself to savagery for the entertainment of bloodthirsty fans, the financial gain of cynical promoters and his own glory.

Jim McMahon And Jeremy Roenick Team Up To Create Concussion Awareness Organization
Forbes / October 7, 2014

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon feels helpless when he does not know where he is and struggles getting home from a grocery store.  NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick has suffered what he calls thirteen “big time” concussions throughout his career and wants to know what ailments are ahead of him.  McMahon and Roenick are concerned about the damage caused to their bodies as a result of head injuries and have teamed up to create a charity organization called Players Against Concussions (PAC) with the hope that current and future sports stars will be better educated and treated concerning concussions. 

Thibaut Courtois’s concussion raises questions over Premier League rules
The Guardian / October 7, 2014

New Premier League rules on the treatment of head injuries have been called into question after Thibaut Courtois played on for 13 minutes ofChelsea’s win against Arsenal on Sunday before being taken to hospital with suspected concussion.

Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions
The New York Times / October 6, 2014

For decades, schools across North America have taught about public health issues like the dangers of tobacco and drug abuse. But this academic year in one large Ontario school district, students are learning about a newly identified public health concern: concussions.

College Players Often Don’t Tell of Hits to Head, Studies Find
The New York Times / October 6, 2014

The controversy over why Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was allowed to return to the field with a “probable mild concussion” from a violent hit last Saturday highlighted a communications breakdown on the Wolverines’ sideline. But it also pointed to the inconsistent ways in which coaches and players acknowledge hits to the head — if they acknowledge them at all.

New York teen dies after football collision: Is sport too dangerous?
The Christian Science Monitor / October 3, 2014

The death of a New York high school football player Wednesday was one of three high school football-related deaths this week. Safety protocols have made the game safer since the 1970s, but the deaths point to a need for continued vigilance.

Vietnam’s Neuroscientific Legacy
The New Yorker / October 3, 2014

In 1967, William F. Caveness, a neurologist and veteran of the Korean War, began building a registry of living soldiers who had suffered head trauma in Vietnam. Studies of veterans of the Second World War had suggested that penetrating head injuries could cause seizures, and Caveness, who had documented post-traumatic epilepsy in soldiers injured during the Korean War, was eager to understand more about this connection. “He saw that the Vietnam War was heating up, and he wanted to study some American combat veterans who suffered penetrating brain injuries and survived,” said Jordan Grafman, the director of brain-injury research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The Cost of the Header
The New Yorker / October 3, 2014

Last week, the New York Times reported that Bellini, Brazil’s team captain in the 1958 World Cup, who died in March, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease best known in the United States for its victims among former boxers and N.F.L. players. Bellini was not the first soccer player to have been identified with C.T.E. Last February, Patrick Grange, an American semi-professional player who died in 2012, at the age of twenty-nine, was also found to have suffered from the disease. As a result, the question has been growing, with some urgency this year, as to whether soccer, like other contact sports, has its own brain-injury case to answer.

Concussions and their apparent dangers don’t stop Niles Paul’s yearn to return
The Washington Post / October 2, 2014

Niles Paul said this week he has no interest in the growing body of scientific evidence that links the repeated brain trauma of multiple concussions to serious health problems later in life. 

“It’s something I’ll be ignorant to because this is my job,” Paul said when asked about the research. “I love doing it; I enjoy my job. I take certain chances in my job. I know that getting a concussion, getting injured, is a strong possibility in this job. I prefer not to know certain things.”

Michigan Coach Left His 20-Year-Old QB In After Concussion. Now Some Fans Want Him Fired
Forbes / October 1, 2014

Something extraordinary is happening at the University of Michigan.

Football fans want the coach fired — over a concussion.

How A Girl’s Brain Changes After a Traumatic Brain Injury
TIME / October 1, 2014

Girls who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be more susceptible to behavioral problems like psychological distress and smoking compared to boys, according to a new study.

76 of 79 Deceased NFL Players Found to Have Brain Disease
PBS Frontline / October 1, 2014

As the NFL nears an end to its long-running legal battle over concussions, new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.

Modeling shockwaves through the brain
MIT News / September 30, 2014

MIT researchers have developed a scaling law that predicts a human’s risk of brain injury, based on previous studies of blasts’ effects on animal brains. The method may help the military develop more protective helmets, as well as aid clinicians in diagnosing traumatic brain injury — often referred to as the “invisible wounds” of battle.

Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Belcher had CTE damage
The Washington Post / September 30, 2014

An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries of the Brain By Talking And Watching
NPR / September 29, 2014

When someone develops a serious brain problem, Dr. Allen Ropper says, it can be like falling down a rabbit hole and entering an Alice-in-Wonderland world — where nothing looks or works the way it's supposed to. A neurologist's job is to find a way to understand the odd landscape of a damaged brain, he says.

Brady Hoke defends handling of injured QB Shane Morris
USA Today / September 29, 2014

Hoke is bound to be aggressively queried on his staff's handling of quarterback Shane Morris early in the fourth quarter, when Morris took a massive hit and appeared wobbly, showing concussion-like symptoms.

Taylor Twellman questions FIFA concussion proposal
USA Today / September 29, 2014

Taylor Twellman sat in a broadcast studio in Brazil watching the championship match of the World Cup, preparing for his halftime analysis on ABC. When he saw how referees and coaches reacted to German Christoph Kramer's head injury, he was not surprised.

Making The Case 'Against Football'
NPR / September 26, 2014

Steve Almond's blistering book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto is exactly what it advertises itself to be: an exasperated, frustrated, wide-ranging argument that the time has come to abandon football — particularly but not exclusively the NFL — as a sport built on violence, racism, economic exploitation of poor kids, corrupt dealmaking with local governments over stadiums, and a willingness to find it entertaining to watch people suffer brain damage.

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'
BBC News / September 26, 2014

A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

The Age-Old Old Age Problem
Newsweek / September 25, 2014

On October 15, 2004, in Al-Qaim, on the Iraq-Syria border, a suicide car bomber drove into an armored vehicle filled with five American soldiers. Matthew, then 21, was the only survivor. He was rushed to an Army hospital in Baghdad, where he received emergency brain surgery.

Six years ago,he moved into an apartment complex managed by a brain rehabilitation group with staff available 24/7.  The community is part of the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI), a federal program that ensures veterans with moderate to severe TBI receive care, therapy and enhanced rehabilitation. 

NFL Faces Repeated Blows from Hollywood in Concussion-Centered Films
Variety / September 25, 2014

Hollywood is warming up to tackle the National Football League with several projects that focus on concussion-related brain injuries among players. Each of the works could shed new light on the most contentious issue plaguing both the sport and the league.

Brain Trauma Extends Reach Into Soccer
The New York Times / September 24, 2014

Bellini, a Brazilian soccer star who led the team that won the 1958 World Cup, had a degenerative brain disease linked to dozens of boxers and American football players when he died in March at age 83. At the time, his death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers now say he had an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Fifa to discuss three-minute stoppage for player concussion
The Gaurdian / September 23, 2014

A proposal allowing for a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion will be discussed this week by Fifa’s executive committee. The guidance comes from Fifa’s medical committee and will be presented at the executive committee’s meeting on Thursday and Friday.

How well do you know the signs of concussion?
Philly.com / September 23, 2014

Concussion injuries have been in the news a lot lately and many medical institutions are taking a hard stand on when kids can go back to play or even school after a brain injury. From a parent’s or a coach’s perspective, what should you know about concussions?

Nebraska veteran who suffered traumatic brain injury couldn't heal until he shed his shame
Omaha World-Herald / September 22, 2014

Ryan Sharp has been through hell, but last month he thinks his life has turned a corner.  

He was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, traced to a vehicle accident in Iraq almost a decade ago. He didn’t even remember it had happened until he got together a few weeks ago with an Army buddy who suffered a bad head injury in the same crash.

“When I found out it was (brain) damage — well, I can’t fix it, but I can deal with it,” Sharp said. “It’s a comfort to know that now, instead of fumbling in the dark, I have this team of people helping me, showing me what will work.

Did LeSean McCoy Have A Concussion? Eagles Star Takes Hit To Head, Fans Erupt
Forbes / September 22, 2014

LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Eagles’ star running back, took a blow to the head at 1:37 PM EST on Sunday September 21.

That’s not in dispute.

What happened next is.

PTSD symptoms light up specific parts of brain
CBS News / September 22, 2014

Imaging technology sheds new light on how certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study.


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