Bike helmet review throws cold water on sceptics: They'll likely save your life
Stuff.co / September 22, 2016
The largest review yet of bike helmet use by 64,000 injured cyclists worldwide has found helmets reduce the chances of a serious head injury by nearly 70%. Claims that bike helmets damaged the neck and caused serious brain injury (diffuse axonal injury) were also found to be wrong in the study.
Role of the Neurosurgeon in Neurotrauma: Captain of the Ship or Deckhand?
AANS Neurosurgeon / September 22, 2016
According to a report by Organized Neurosurgery to the Institute of Medicine, there are approximately 3,689 board-certified neurosurgeons for over 5,700 hospitals in the U.S. serving a population of over 340 million people, but only about 1,600 of these hospitals provide trauma care. Too few neurosurgeons are available to provide trauma and emergency care with only 83 percent of all neurosurgeons providing 24/7 emergency call. There are only 178 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons according to the report, and one-fifth of all neurosurgeons report they no longer treat pediatric cases. The neurosurgical work force appears to be aging with 46 percent or more practicing neurosurgeons over the age of 55.
How to rebuild a broken brain
FreeThink Media / September 22, 2016
The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.
Concussion symptoms linked to proteins in spinal fluid for first time
ABC News / September 21, 2016
Levels of certain proteins in the brain and spinal fluid of people who suffer continuing issues as a result of concussions are different from those who haven’t had concussions, according to a new small study published today in JAMA Neurology, raising the possibility that doctors may soon have objective markers to assess the severity of brain damage after head trauma.
Explaining the NFL's concussion protocol
SB NAtion / September 19, 2016
Head injuries in the NFL are not new, but with more spotlight on their long-term effects to player health, the league has instituted protocol to address the diagnosis and management of concussions. In September, the NFL announced the initiative "Play Smart. Play Safe." to continue to strive for a healthier game.
Life After A Brain Injury: 'I'm Not Terrified Of Death Anymore'
NPR / September 16, 2016
NPR sits down with Tim Page, former music critic for The Washington Post, who is rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury in July 2015.
STUDY: Graded aerobic treadmill testing in children and adolescents with sports-related concussion
Journal of Neurosurgery / September 16, 2016
A new study, reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery, finds that graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases concussion in children and adolescents.
Concussion Myths Debunked
PR Newswire / September 16, 2016
To help clarify some of the concussion confusion, Merck Manuals author and neuroscience specialist Dr. James Wilberger identifies and debunks five common myths surrounding concussions.
Healthy Living: Coping with a traumatic brain injury
The Norwich Bulletin / September 15, 2016
Imagine yourself at a cookout. You feel over-stimulated by loud voices, laughing, clanking plates and the sound of a lawn mower next door. You try to initiate a conversation but you’re too distracted by the noise. Someone asks you a question but you can’t form the answer fast enough and another person responds instead. Side conversations form around you but you can’t break in. You find yourself isolated even among friends and family. For an individual with a Traumatic Brain Injury these are the very situations that can slowly result in social isolation.
NFL Kicker's Tale: Brief Fame, a Head Injury, a Life Derailed
The Buffalo News / September 8, 2016
Kicker Bjorn Nittmo chased his NFL dream for more than a decade, including a stop in training camp with the Buffalo Bills. He became a recurring character on 'Late Night with David Letterman.' A head injury left Nittmo so shattered that he walked out on his wife and four children. Years later, he continues to drop in, unannounced and unkempt, before taking off again. His estranged family wants him to get help before it's too late.
Life With A Traumatic Brain Injury — Acknowledging The Truth And Moving On
The Huffington Post / September 8, 2016
For the first five months after my accident, I didn’t talk about my brain injury with anyone. Because I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to explain how I felt, or discuss my symptoms, or detail how my healing was going. Even now, I’d rather my injury not be there (and I know how obvious and stupid that statement sounds). I’d rather not be injured, but I am. I have what neurologists classify as a traumatic brain injury, a TBI.
Partial Skull Removal Can Save Lives After Injury
LiveScience / September 7, 2016
In research published today in the The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that six months after the head injury, just over one in four patients who received a craniectomy had died compared to just under a half of patients who received medical management. However, the picture was complicated as patients who survived after a craniectomy were more likely to be dependent on others for care.
Survey finds most parents use outdated concussion advice
UPI / September 6, 2016
Parents of children who sustain concussions may be following outdated advice for care and increasing the potential for greater harm, according to a recent survey of parents.
KidsPost Should kids play tackle football? Brain injury researcher says no.
The Washington Post / September 1, 2016
It’s riskier for kids to play football than for adults, says an expert who studies a brain disease that can cause a person to be confused and to have problems with memory and anger control.
Late appeal sends NFL concussion case to Supreme Court
ESPN / September 1, 2016
The lawsuits initially accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the link between concussions and CTE. The settlement awards up to $4 million for past CTE deaths but the average payouts would be closer to $190,000. Critics complain that the settlement does not cover future CTE cases, even though it might be able to be diagnosed in the living within 10 years.
Biker Sherlock's family: "Brain injuries took him away from us"
Outside / September 1, 2016
Michael “Biker” Sherlock, a noted downhill skateboarder and street luger who won multiple medals at the X Games and Gravity Games, sustained many head injuries during his career. On December 3, 2015, he committed suicide in San Diego, California. Two of Biker’s sisters provided this statement:
Playing with a concussion doubles recovery time
The New York Times / August 30, 2016
New research showing that young athletes heal faster if they leave a game after a head injury discourages playing through pain.
Outside / August 30, 2016
When the news broke in May that BMX legend Dave Mirra, who committed suicide in February, had the degenerative brain disease CTE, everything changed in the world of action sports. Cyclists, skiers, and other athletes began asking: are we subject to the same concussion and CTE risks that have been so widely reported in the NFL?
This ‘sudden genius’ was able to play piano masterfully after suffering a massive head injury
Uproxx / August 30, 2016
"Sometimes people actually kind of treat me like a super hero and what they don't realize is that there is a dark side to this gift," says Derek Amato. After suffering a massive concussion, Derek was amazed to find that he had gained the ability to play the paino. Really, really well.
Despite billions spent on treatments, concussions still a puzzle
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / August 29, 2016
Have a heart attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or Pittsburg, Kansas, and the treatment will be virtually the same — down to the type, amount and timing of various drugs that are given in the emergency room. Not so with #concussions, where treatment mostly turns on the preferences of the person providing the care, said Robert Cantu, co-director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine
Searching out tsunamis to help brain injury patients
WVXU / August 29, 2016
University of Cincinnati researchers are looking deep inside the brain to figure out why some head injury patients recover and others do not. It appears linked to what's called a "brain tsunami," or damaging, seizure-like waves that spread slowly through the brain following a traumatic injury. Eventually doctors hope to prevent this wave of secondary damage. But the first step is to come up with a good way to identify when a patient is having a brain tsunami.
‘Adam Ruins Everything’ gives football a concussion
Zap2it / August 29, 2016
The thing we really wanted to get across is there’s all this talk about concussions in football … but the topic we really didn’t see discussed on television was the fact that concussions are a very small part of the problem. There are these sub-concussive hits every time players collide, and those add up over time which is what causes CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).
Study: Athletes who keep playing after concussion take longer to recover
University of Arkansas / August 29, 2016
Young athletes with sport-related concussions who were not immediately removed from the field took nearly twice as long to recover as those who did not continue to play, according to a research team led by University of Arkansas professor R.J. Elbin and colleagues at three other universities.