A Young Athlete’s World of Pain, and Where It Led
The New York Times / June 23, 2016
Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State wrestler and football player who hid concussion symptoms because he felt it was the manly thing to do, killed himself in 2014.
An intelligent step forward for concussion prevention
The Washington Post / June 22, 2016
Researchers estimate between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children are concussed annually. But they can’t be sure how big the problem is. Many concussions go unnoticed, many children go untreated, and most monitoring systems focus on student-athletes, when recreation league games can carry as much risk. Each system culls incidence information from only one type of provider, whereas injured youths receive care in a variety of settings. That means there’s no centralized source to see who is getting concussed — or how. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to create and oversee a surveillance system to collect data on concussions across the country
Are kids getting more concussions than we realize?
CNN / June 22, 2016
Every year, almost half a million children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions. In fact, a study published in the June 20 edition of the journal Pediatrics estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher, possibly between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually.
UNE gathers ‘head hits’ data to assist athlete concussion research
Portland Press Herald / June 22, 2016
University of New England has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE’s researchers chose men’s lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.
This is what a concussion sounds like
KUOW (WA) / June 21, 2016
A school assembly on the first day of school at Garfield High School in Seattle sounds a lot different to Daisy Emminger, who was a freshman suffering from a concussion. "It was just overwhelming," Emminger said. "And painful.
The big obstacle on his road back from brain injury: Getting hired
New Hampshire Union Leader / June 21, 2016
Jayme Severance not only survived the 2006 car accident that left him with permanent brain damage, but he relearned to walk, finished high school, graduated college, traveled in France and wrote a 500-page memoir. But there's one more roadblock: He can't get a job.
Briana Scurry embraces new role as women’s brain health advocate
The Washington Post / June 20, 2016
Almost three years after her surgery and two years after she finished therapy, Scurry sees herself as an advocate for women’s health, especially in relation to concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She finds speaking out therapeutic and figures if she, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion, received pushback in pursuit of finding relief, then what issues are young girls facing?
Ex-USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry pledges to donate brain to women’s CTE research
The Washington Post / June 16, 2016
Ahead of testifying Tuesday in front of the Congressional traumatic brain injury task force, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1999 World Cup Champion Briana Scurry announced she intends to donate her brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. “I think it’s important that more doctors have female brains to look at to see the similarities and differences and progression of things,” Scurry said. “Obviously, I think my brain could be useful.”
How a team of elite doctors changed the military's stance on brain trauma
NPR / June 13, 2016
A group of specialists called the Gray Team challenged the dogma that said head injuries were serious only if they were obvious and bloody. Bomb blasts can lead to lasting but invisible damage.
What if PTSD is more physical than psychological?
The New York Times / June 13, 2016
A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.
Is this the diagnostic tool we’ve been waiting for in concussion testing?
MIT Technology Review / June 10, 2016
BrainScope’s technology could eventually be used on the sideline, in the battlefield, or in the emergency room to help clinicians rapidly test for concussions. The test is composed of a disposable headset with sensors that record electrical signals. Placing the headset, recording the signals, and analyzing the data on an Android smartphone application takes just 10 minutes.
Study: Concussion outcome predicted using advanced imaging
Science Daily / June 10, 2016
Using an advanced imaging technique, researchers have been able to predict which patients who'd recently suffered concussions were likely to fully recover.
VA admits 25,000 veterans received improper brain injury screening
ABC News / June 10, 2016
VA Secretary Robert McDonald has granted "equitable relief" to all of the those affected, a policy that will allow veterans to undergo new TBI exams, conducted by a qualified specialist, and receive disability benefits for diagnosed TBIs from the effective date of the original claim. But some veterans said they feel the measures are not enough.
An Army buddy's call for help sends a scientist on a brain injury quest
NPR / June 9, 2016
Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.
Man with brain injury cries tears of joy after Lowe's store gives him this
CBS News / June 9, 2016
"It's so hard to find a job where people can accept me for the way I am and the fact that I have a service dog with me," Lima recalled tearfully telling Lowe's staff. To his surprise, Lowe's Home Improvement said he could keep his canine companion, Blue, by his side -- on one condition: The dog has to wear a vest like any other employee.
Scientists are getting serious about diagnosing CTE in the living
The Huffington Post / June 8, 2016
Beginning this summer, the researchers behind a nationwide, seven-year, $16 million study will attempt to leap a hurdle that’s never been cleared before. The objective is straightforward: diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living.
New study will examine link between head injuries, degenerative brain disorders
Medical Xpress / June 8, 2016
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Carnegie Mellon University are putting together a study of degenerative brain disorders that have been linked to head injuries, the first project of its kind among the institutions and among the first in the country to use a novel tool in the search for treatments.
Pediatric brain injury study links diffusion tensor imaging & cognition
The National Law Review / June 7, 2016
A new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that in the medium- to long-term pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), the fractional anisotropy (FA) values for numerous large white matter tracks in comparison to the whole brain were related to cognition. This study, published online in Developmental Neuropsychology, specifically examined the relationship between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) findings and cognition following pediatric traumatic brain injury.
Scientists probe traumatic brain injury effects at research lab
U.S Department of Defense / June 7, 2016
Though pinpointing a brain injury mechanism is painstaking, the team at the Army Research Lab's Explosive Technology Branch has taken a multiscale approach to leverage unique explosive testing capabilities that closely resemble actual circumstances the warfighter might experience.
How yoga helped my family heal from tragedy
Self Magazine / June 7, 2016
She thought she'd lost her father forever—until together, they found a way to stretch the limits of possibility.
Muhammad Ali’s sacrifice for all athletes
The Boston Globe / June 6, 2016
Muhammad Ali’s final gift to America was to serve as a living warning against the brutal sport that made him famous. The legendary boxing champion died Friday at 74, after decades of suffering from the damage from his fighting career. It’s probably no coincidence that his long, highly visible struggle paralleled the decline of boxing as a major sport in America, and the growing awareness of brain injuries in all sports. It might be said that boxing picked a fight with Ali — and, no surprise, it lost.
VA to review 24,000 brain injury diagnoses
Military Times / June 6, 2016
Some post 9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injuries who were denied disability compensation by VA between 2007 and 2015 have another chance to receive their benefits. The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday that more than 24,000 veterans could qualify to receive another medical exam for brain injury without having to refile a claim. Their compensation will be awarded back to the date of the initial claim if they are found to have experienced a TBI.
A brain injury transforms Italian man into bonjour-shouting ‘caricature’ of a Frenchman
The Washington Post / June 6, 2016
JC’s case is not the first instance of brain injury prompting unusual linguistic changes. Researchers speculate that damage to the brain’s language centers could be involved. Or, perhaps, an injury could harm parts of the brain associated with childhood learning, though leave memories of languages studied later in life intact.
Vermont’s Kevin Pearce helps other brain injury survivors after near-fatal snowboarding crash
The Boston Globe / June 3, 2016
A near-fatal halfpipe crash while training for the 2010 Olympics ended Kevin Pearce’s snowboarding career and changed his life forever. Six years later, Pearce, 28, continues to cope with his traumatic brain injury that he will carry with him for the rest of his life and he’s helping other survivors do the same. Pearce, who grew up in Vermont, and his brother started the Love Your Brain Foundation to support traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers.
Poll: Nearly 1 In 4 Americans reports having had a concussion
NPR / May 31, 2016
Concussions have become part of the daily news. But how much have these brain injuries become part of daily life? To find out, NPR polled people across the country about concussions.
Transcendental meditation shows promise as PTSD therapy
Military Times / May 31, 2016
Identifying effective treatments for combat veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder is a top priority for researchers and clinicians. A variety of talk therapies and medications are available that provide relief to many. However, recognizing the limitations with traditional treatments for PTSD, interest in alternative therapies is growing. And more importantly, so far, the evidence is promising. Transcendental meditation, typically referred to as TM, is one of those promising alternative therapies.