Study shows disparities in treatment for children with traumatic brain injuries
UW Today / May 23, 2016
Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.
Report: NFL sought to influence study on brain injuries
Washington Post / May 23, 2016
National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.
We asked brain injury survivors: who are you now?
Mirror (UK) / May 18, 2016
In the UK someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury every 90 seconds. It could be from a road traffic accident or fall, a stroke or from a tumor, meningitis, aneurysm or hemorrhage. It can leave a lasting impact on people's lives but doesn't mean their life is over. This week is Action for Brain Injury Week and we asked four people to share their stories of what is like to have suffered a brain injury.
NHL loses motion to dismiss concussion cases
Forbes / May 17, 2016
The National Hockey League has had its motion to dismiss class action concussion-related lawsuits filed by former NHL players denied by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. The ruling should allow the NHL player plaintiffs to proceed in seeking discovery from the NHL, which is something the league may want to avoid if there is damning evidence therein.
New brain scan a leap forward for CTE research
New York Daily News / May 17, 2016
Scientists using cutting-edge ligands — substances that bind to receptors and become visible through brain imaging — examine the brains of living at-risk athletes, including NFL and NHL players. The findings of such studies could shape the payouts from the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, which is currently a subject of federal court appeals.
Stigmatized by concussions, my NFL career has inspired renewed dreams
Bleacher Report / May 16, 2016
Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie's first-person story from Collie documenting his experience with concussions, his education in the field of traumatic brain injuries and his quest to help fellow athletes better deal with the recovery process.
How concussion awareness is changing the game at state and local levels
WCPO (OH) / May 14, 2016
Dr. Julian Bailes believes high school sports are as safe as ever due to the knowledge of concussions and the understanding of limiting excessive activity. “We know better about how to diagnose and recognize them and also the importance of not sending them back into harm’s way until a concussion has resolved,” Dr. Bailes said.
House Committee examines concussion in youth sports
C-SPAN / May 13, 2016
Parents of student athletes who sustained head injuries, college athletics officials, and representatives from U.S. Lacrosse and USA Hockey testified at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing today
Louis Theroux’s ‘A Different Brain’ uncovers the heartbreaking struggles faced by those with brain injury
The Huffington Post (UK) / May 13, 2016
In his new documentary ‘A Different Brain’ which airs on Sunday (BBC UK), Louis Theroux met with staff and patients of the Disabilities Trust. He met with people who had brain injuries so severe they’d forever rely on round-the-clock care, as well as those who had experienced injuries and were trying - and often struggling - to gain their independence again. While many of the stories are heartbreaking, they showed that even in the bleakest of situations, love from family members and friends prevails.
Could flies help us understand brain injuries?
Medical Xpress / May 12, 2016
A new study led by SDSU scientists and recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports suggests that using fruit flies as a TBI model may hold the key to identifying important genes and pathways that promote the repair of and minimize damage to the nervous system.
Stemedica, Gordie Howe family, team up on brain injuries
The San Diego Union-Tribune / May 12, 2016
San Diego's Stemedica says it has allied with the family of hockey great Gordie Howe and an Ohio hospital system to test Stemedica's stem cell therapy on those with traumatic brain injuries. The initial focus is on veterans, athletes and auto injury patients.
Colorado mom takes concussion conversation to Capitol Hill
9 News (CO) / May 12, 2016
A Colorado mother whose son died after suffering a concussion on the football field is heading to Washington, D.C. on Friday to testify before a congressional subcommittee. On Friday morning, Kelli Jantz will speak before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The committee is taking a closer look at concussions and their implications. Jantz will share the story of her son, Jake Snakenberg.
Therapy car helps people with brain injuries get on with life
WHO-TV / May 10, 2016
It takes a lot of hard work to relearn important skills after suffering a brain injury. A brain injury rehabilitation center in Iowa has a new tool to help people get on with life.
Citizen reporter wins award for brain injury series
The Citizen / May 10, 2016
Citizen reporter Samantha Wright Allen won the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Saturday for her series Living With Brain Injury about the efforts of local residents, one of them a teenage girl, to rebuild their lives after sustaining serious head injuries.
These high-tech goggles can test for concussion in under a minute
Quartz / May 10, 2016
Testing for concussion could soon benefit from more technological sophistication. Goggles that look like a VR headset have been designed that can test for the condition in under a minute using eye-tracking technology. The goggles, called Eye-Sync and made by Boston-based SyncThink, are connected to a tablet and contain infra-red cameras that track eye movements.
Facing it head on: what does a traumatic brain injury feel like?
The Telegraph / May 9, 2016
Four years ago the charity Headway East London started delving into the minds of survivors of major trauma. Their stories shed fascinating light on the shocking and surprising nature of brain injuries, and how little we still understand.
NFL concussion payouts have lenders circling
The New York Times / May 9, 2016
Lenders are drawing criticism for marketing high-interest loans to short-of-cash former NFL players who may receive settlement payouts for suffering injuries. “It’s predatory, it’s one-sided and it preys on people with brain injuries. You’re lending to someone who may not have the full legal capacity to understand what they are signing," says Richard H. Adler, a lawyer in Seattle who is not affiliated with the players but specializes in representing clients with traumatic brain injuries.
Ohio university pays player $712K to settle concussion suit
The Washington Post / May 5, 2016
A university in Ohio will pay $712,000 to a former football player who said the team’s coaches and medical staff didn’t pull him from practice right away after he suffered multiple concussions that led to a permanent brain injury.
Survivors of brain injury express creativity at rehab program
Malvern Patch (PA) / May 5, 2016
On Thursday, April 28, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital hosted a reception to view the gallery display of masks created by survivors of brain injury. Speech language pathologist, Jessica Petrongolo, spear-headed this project at Bryn Mawr Rehab and introduced the concept to her patients as a method of expression for their feelings associated with their brain injury. It quickly caught on and the project expanded into other areas of treatment including survivor support groups.
Family of Florida girls lax player sues district, FHSAA after traumatic brain injury
USA Today / May 5, 2016
A Central Florida girls lacrosse player and her family have filed a negligence lawsuit against the student athlete’s school district and the Florida High School Athletic Association, citing negligence that allegedly led to a traumatic brain injury following a violent check to her head during a game.
The conventional wisdom about treating concussions in children might be wrong
Forbes / May 4, 2016
You might say Dr. Roger Zemek wrote the book on how to treat children and teens who’ve suffered a concussion. But now, Zemek says, at least one key recommendation in the guidelines probably needs to be revised. That’s the part that says children and teens should avoid any kind of physical activity until their headaches and other concussion symptoms go away.
How to answer that awful question, ‘Do you have PTSD?’
Task & Purpose / May 4, 2016
“Oh, you’re a veteran, huh? Do you have PTSD?” Vets are often asked this question inappropriately, but there’s a smart way to answer that can change the stereotype.
Judge rules NFL must give insurers evidence in concussion-coverage cases
Chicago Tribune / May 3, 2016
A New York state judge on Friday said the league must make its officials and doctors as well as relevant documents available to the insurance companies. The decision could force the NFL to reveal exactly what it knew, and when, about the effects of concussions on professional football players. The league has only recently acknowledged a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that can only be diagnosed posthumously.
Study: High school football players suffer more symptoms after concussion than college players
UPI / May 3, 2016
High school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their college counterparts, a new study finds. But those who play in youth football leagues are the most likely to get back on the field less than 24 hours after a concussion, the researchers discovered.
Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise
The Washington Post / May 2, 2016
Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.
Beyond the NFL: A new plan to treat brain injuries for women escaping abuse
Yes! Magazine / April 29, 2016
Unlike players in the NFL, women who struggle with lifelong effects of concussions from abuse are rarely diagnosed. In Phoenix, scientists and advocates are working to change that. According to the CDC, nearly a quarter of American women experience extreme physical violence from intimate partners during their lives. Suffering repeated blows to the head, strangulation, and being violently shaken or slammed against the wall puts them at risk for TBI. But the lack of adequate screening and identification systems means that brain injuries often go unrecognized.
We spoke to a neuropathologist about head injuries and degenerative brain disease in soccer
VICE / April 29, 2016
With the family of soccer player Jeff Astle claiming to know up to 250 other ex-players who suffer from degenerative brain diseases, VICE UK spoke to an expert about the implications for the sport.
Study of prep football players finds changes in brain tissue even if no concussion
USA Today / April 29, 2016
The concussion issue just got worse for contact sports. “Our findings add to a growing body of literature demonstrating that a single season of contact sports can result in brain changes regardless of clinical findings or concussion diagnosis,” said senior author Dr. Joseph Maldjian, Neuroradiology Division Chief and Advanced Neuroscience Imaging Research Lab Director at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern.
When a player takes a hit, this concussion sensor measures the blow
PBS NewsHour / April 29, 2016
What if coaches could know as soon as an athlete sustains a head injury? A startup in upstate New York has a wearable device that could help keep players safer by sending alerts and measuring hits as soon as they happen.
Can tablets quickly diagnose concussions?
Observer / April 29, 2016
Tablet-based games test whether a player should go back on the field.
A concussion can lead to sleep problems that last for years
NPR / April 28, 2016
Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.
5 ways concussion awareness has changed over the years
ABC News (PA) / April 28, 2016
Remember the days of "You just got your bell rung, get back in there!" and "Shake it off!"? Times have certainly changed, and concussion practices continue to evolve from professional sports all the way down to youth leagues. See how concussion awareness has changed from then to now.
Acquired brain injury: Is it really the end?
Brant News / April 28, 2016
The first installment in a four-part series chronicling writer Jesse Ferguson’s experience living with an acquired brain injury. "This is one account of an acquired brain injury (ABI), my own," says writer Jesse Ferguson in his four-part series chronicling his experience living with an acquired brain injury. "Brain injury can end a person’s life as they know it – it can eat you up and spit you out as a completely different person. That’s exactly what happened to me. I lost the physical abilities that I guess I took for granted. People don’t know their life can end before they die. Mine did."
Brain imaging scans show some vegetative patients are living on the edge of consciousness
Newsweek / April 27, 2016
New technologies suggest that for years doctors have over diagnosed patients as vegetative, and underestimated their ability to regain consciousness.
Nevada to require mandatory pre-fight brain testing for boxers and MMA fighters
The Washington Post / April 27, 2016
Boxer Paulie Malignaggi, the former welterweight world champion, and a handful of other fighters visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to announce funding that will allow the Cleveland Clinic’s study of fighters’ brains to continue and also share the news that in Nevada, every licensed fighter will now be required to undergo brain testing.
Officials cite research as key to progress in PTSD, TBI diagnosis, treatment
DoD News / April 27, 2016
While significant progress has been made in diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries from a decade and a half of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, challenges remain for the wounded and their families, two military physicians involved in the effort told a Senate panel last week.
New ideas for treating concussions
Bradenton Herald / April 26, 2016
Concussions are a familiar injury to Jeff and Amanda Staples of Haymarket, Va. Their ninth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter play ice hockey. Both have experienced concussions, but their daughter's case last fall was treated much differently than their son's several years ago.
NFL concussion crisis doubters should read these two sentences
The Huffington Post / April 26, 2016
Speaking at the DSBN International Concussion Summit, the former Buffalo Bills Pro Bowler Thurman Thomas said, "One thing that I realized is that discussing the effects of concussions and the reality of the situation doesn’t make me less of a man, less tough, less loyal to the National Football League, [have] a less love for the game. All it means is that I’m not an ignorant fool, and that I don’t ignore factual evidence that this is happening to not only football players, but [to other athletes]."
Hormone deficiency in veterans with concussion
Neurology Advisor / April 26, 2016
Hormonal changes, which are often linked to blast-related concussions leading to problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, and poor quality of life, may be prevalent in US military veterans, according to results from a new study conducted in male US service members who had been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
NFL needs big changes to concussion policy, and so does everyone else: Expert
CNBC / April 25, 2016
It's not just concussions, it's the "repetitive trauma…minor trauma found in every play of the game, routinely," says Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center that studies the impact of head trauma and concussions. Rather, "over time, years of exposure to…mild head trauma in some individuals leads to this progressive deterioration that usually shows up years later."
Thurman Thomas says he struggles with effects from concussions
ESPN / April 25, 2016
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas opened up for the first time Friday about the effects of concussions he suffered during his 13-year NFL career. Thomas told the crowd at the District School Board of Niagara's international summit on concussions that he had not yet publicly discussed his symptoms.