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Forbes | Nov 8, 2019

Who is more likely to suffer a concussion playing high school sports, a female soccer player or a male football player? A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that girls who play high school soccer are at nearly the same risk for traumatic brain injuries as boys who play high school football.  In fact, concussion rates were higher among girls than boys in every high school sport. Despite the indisputable statistics, controversy still surrounds the exact reasons that girls suffer more concussions than boys.

The New Yorker | Nov 4, 2019

The thud was thicker than I’d expected. It felt as if my head had been slammed in a car door.

The Washington Post | Nov 4, 2019

The life of a top professional athlete involves hard training, plenty of stress, career-threatening injuries and no shortage of money. But now, some high-profile figures -- think Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Wales rugby union captain Sam Warburton -- have decided at a relatively early age that the glory and the lucre no longer outweigh the pain. The issue of long-lasting injuries, particularly concussion and its ramifications, looms ever larger for anyone looking to take up a contact sport, either as an amateur or a pro. It’s a growing concern for high schools and parents, not to mention the sports leagues that are facing legal suits.

USA Today | Nov 1, 2019

Lawmakers held a hearing this week in New York City on legislation that would prohibit children under 12 from playing tackle football in New York.  

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2019

T.J. Abraham’s career ended when his brain began to fail. His doctors blame football, and he is pushing for change.

The Washington Post | Oct 28, 2019

In the nation’s firehouses, hospitals, call centers and police stations, many first responders are struggling with PTSD wrought by both the everyday deaths and tragedies encountered on the job and a national epidemic of mass shootings, from Sandy Hook and Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to a Walmart in El Paso, a bar in Dayton, Ohio, and a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif.

Slate | Oct 24, 2019

Among homeless people, PTSD is widespread and widely overlooked.

CBS This Morning | Oct 24, 2019

"Queer Eye" star Karamo is known for helping other people work through their emotions. But it's his own experience with severe depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide and drug addiction that's helped him become an advocate for mental health.

Reuters | Oct 24, 2019

Soccer’s rule-makers have begun looking into whether changes to the laws are needed to allow for better treatment of players who suffer concussion during a game.

WGBH | Oct 23, 2019

A state lawmaker from Westport on Tuesday pitched his bill that would prohibit tackle football before eighth grade as a way to protect children from brain injuries, while opponents countered that it would infringe on parental decision-making.

Slate | Oct 18, 2019

Often, we have suffered repeated, untreated concussions. I’d like to know what they’ve done to my longer-term health.

The New York Times | Oct 18, 2019

The 27-year-old Long Island native had been in a coma after he was knocked out by Charles Conwell, a 2016 Olympian.

BBC News | Oct 16, 2019

A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say.

CNN Health | Oct 10, 2019

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the causes and symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

CBS This Morning | Oct 10, 2019

In an effort to help break down stigmas surrounding mental health, "CBS This Morning" will broadcast a live town hall, "Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health," on Wednesday, Oct. 23. We will feature a live studio audience of people affected by mental illness in various ways and hear from medical professionals.

The New York Times | Oct 10, 2019

Supporting Students With Brain Injuries, One Campus at a Time

The New York Times | Oct 8, 2019

New study is the first to quantify the number of years linked to measurable brain disease.

Wired | Oct 2, 2019

Products that offer a "seatbelt" or "bubble wrap" for the brain claim to reduce head trauma. If only the laws of physics worked that way.

VCU News | Oct 2, 2019

Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded a $50 million federal grant to oversee a national research consortium of universities, hospitals, and clinics that will study the long-term impacts of mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions on service members and veterans.

BBC News | Oct 1, 2019

Virtual reality could be used to help military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who have struggled with mainstream treatment.

The New York Times | Sep 30, 2019

Australian rules football is one of the world’s most violent sports. Thirty-six players careen across a massive field, where they are exposed to blindside hits and errant elbows, bruising shoulders and airborne knees. Their protection is a mouthpiece and sometimes a padded cap. Collisions can be cringe-inducing. Concussions are common.

So when retired players in their 30s and 40s started complaining about memory loss, struggles with paying attention and anger management, Alan Pearce tried to help. 

The Washington Post | Sep 30, 2019

The life of a top professional athlete involves hard training, plenty of stress, career-threatening injuries and no shortage of money. But now, some high-profile figures -- think Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Wales rugby union captain Sam Warburton -- have decided at a relatively early age that the glory and the lucre no longer outweigh the pain. The issue of long-lasting injuries, particularly concussion and its ramifications, looms ever larger for anyone looking to take up a contact sport, either as an amateur or a pro. It’s a growing concern for high schools and parents, not to mention the sports leagues that are facing legal suits.

The Washington Post | Sep 27, 2019

A service dog that was the subject of several books by an Iraqi war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder has died.

Tuesday gained fame touring the country with former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan, who wrote the memoir “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.”

U.S. News and World Report | Sep 27, 2019

Girls who suffer a concussion while playing school sports are more likely than boys to delay seeking specialty medical care, which can worsen their symptoms and prolong recovery, researchers warn.

ABC News | Sep 24, 2019

After 25 years serving in the British Army, veteran Robert Milton now finds peace through art as a tool to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).