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How a Mere Prick of the Finger Can Diagnose a Concussion
WIRED / January 17, 2017

Recognizing mild concussions is crucial for preventing deaths, and now there's a way to do that more accurately than ever before, with your blood.

Smart Body Armor Could Gauge Brain Damage from Explosions
Engadget / January 17, 2017

Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. It's developing Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (conveniently, BLAST), a sensor system that could determine whether or not an explosion's shockwave is likely to have injured your brain.

Road to Recovery After Concussion Leads to Australian Open
The New York Times / January 17, 2017

Casey Dellacqua, who fell and hit her head during the 2015 China Open, missed nine months of competition while living struggling with post-concussive syndrome. “I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t focus, couldn’t read, watch TV, wasn’t on my phone. I couldn’t focus having a conversation with anyone. I was in this constant world of drowsiness. Then I started not being able to sleep properly. I kept asking the doctor, ‘When am I going to feel better?’ They said it was all normal, all part of concussion. It was a really hard injury for me to understand mentally, because it wasn’t like I had a sore shoulder...”

Link Found Between Concussion, Alzheimer's
R&D Magazine / January 17, 2017

A direct link has been found between concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. New research by the Boston University School of Medicine found that concussions will accelerate brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are already at a genetic risk for the disease.

The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE
GQ / January 12, 2017

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.

Blood protein may serve as marker of concussion severity
Medical News Today / January 12, 2017

A new study links higher blood levels of a brain protein called tau to longer periods of recovery for athletes. The researchers suggest that tau may serve as a marker to help assess athletes' readiness to return to play.

Scientist gets grant for study of veterans with traumatic brain injuries
AAAS / January 12, 2017

A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The sad and empowering stories behind brain injuries
Atlanta Journal-Consitution / January 12, 2017

Chase Gottlieb and his mom joined me in a room away from the den of activity in the Patricia M. Brown Center at Annandale Village in Suwanee. Like the 20 or so other participants, they had come to somehow give voice to a life lived with a brain injury — some acquired from a medical condition such as a stroke or brain tumor and others the result of a traumatic incident like Chase’s attempted suicide.

This single brain activity might diagnose a concussion
Futurity / January 4, 2017

Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain’s response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.

Unknown Soldiers: UVA Discovers Powerful Defenders of the Brain
UVA Today / January 3, 2017

Researchers believe that figuring out how to target and manipulate immune cells could be key to treating various neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, migraines and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

Concussions on the Brain: Pushing for More Research on Women
ABC News / January 3, 2017

Katherine Snedaker founded her nonprofit advocacy group Pink Concussions in response to what she discovered was a lack of information and research on female concussions. A major impetus to her activism has been hearing stories from women and girls suffering from concussions. Many shared similar stories of not healing as fast as people thought they should, doctors minimizing their conditions and feeling isolated while recovering at home.

Triathlete counts traumatic brain injury as 'blessing'
The Record (NJ) / January 3, 2017

David Musicant's bones healed – and then the real challenge began. The brain injury was a lot more complicated. The simple joys of taking a drive, working out or going to a Mets game with his wife and two children – what Musicant calls ''the mosaic of my life'' – had vanished. “You’re confused, you’re depressed and you just don’t think you’ll ever be yourself again and you kind of don’t want to be here anymore,’’ he said.

A hearing test may be able to identify a concussion
The Washington Post / December 22, 2016

The first objective measurement for concussion may have been identified, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports. By measuring the brain’s electrical reactions to speech sounds, researchers at Northwestern University were able to identify children who had suffered a recent concussion with 90 percent accuracy and those who hadn’t with 95 percent accuracy.

As Sleep Improves, So Does An Injured Brain
NPR / December 22, 2016

A study of 30 patients hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries found that sleep quality and brain function improved in tandem, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Neurology. The results raise the possibility that patients with brain injuries might recover more quickly if hospitals took steps to restore normal sleep patterns.

How HDFT Paints a Picture of The Brain: The Art and Science of HDFT
Adventures in Brain Injury / December 22, 2016

William Bird, Senior Research Assistant and Tractographer at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, explains how this imaging system allows us to see the pathways that groups of axon fibers follow.

The Best Traumatic Brain Injury Blogs of 2016
Healthline / December 21, 2016

The effects of a TBI can range from short term to lifelong, and from debilitating to mild. People with TBI can find relief in physical therapy, medications, psychological treatment, and social support. A medical team can provide much of that treatment, but social support must come from friends, family, and others within the community. To help, HealthLine has rounded up some of the best sources of online support for people who have TBIs and the people who love them.

Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries
NPR / December 20, 2016

The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. But the small wearable devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure that could eventually have helped researchers understand the links between bomb blasts, concussions and brain diseases.

Do helmets actually protect young skiers from head injuries?
The Denver Post / December 20, 2016

A new study by doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine concludes that helmets help reduce the severity of head injuries that kids suffer while skiing or snowboarding, a finding that echoes other recent research but that has long been up for debate.

Silent epidemic? Head injury may be linked to lasting sleep problems
Knowridge Science Report / December 20, 2016

People who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study published in Neurology. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how much their sleep is disturbed.

Replacing eye’s gel restores vision after brain injury
Futurity / December 20, 2016

Surgery can restore vision in patients who have suffered hemorrhaging in the eye after a traumatic brain injury, even if the operation doesn’t occur until several months later, a small study shows.

In their words: Parents on football and head injuries
USA Today / December 19, 2016

USA TODAY Sports spoke with the parents of five former high school players. These mothers and fathers don’t own doctorates or medical degrees, but they are indisputably experts in what can go terribly wrong in the secondary-school version of the country’s most popular sport.


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