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Medscape | Jul 18, 2024

Neurologic symptoms of long COVID are vast, common, hard to treat, disabling, and can mimic dozens of other syndromes, with some symptoms as serious as those seen in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Now, recent evidence has suggested long COVID is primarily an autonomic nervous system disorder.

WAMC, Northeast Public Radio | Jul 18, 2024

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) visited the American Legion in Endicott Friday to announce legislation that would address traumatic brain injuries among veterans and service members. Service members can end up with traumatic brain injuries in a variety of ways, such as combat injuries or accidents. But growing evidence suggests the shock waves that come from firing weapons, such as artillery rounds—even during training—can also do damage to the brain.

The Boston Herald | Jul 17, 2024

The largest-ever study of CTE has found a new link between playing contact sports, CTE, and developing Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms. The Boston University study of 481 dead athletes reveals that most people with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) developed parkinsonism, and CTE appears to be driving the parkinsonism symptoms in most cases.

Military.com | Jul 15, 2024

Lawmakers and advocates have launched a full-court press for federal approval of the psychedelic drug MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder after an advisory panel recommended against the therapy last month.

Medical Xpress | Jul 15, 2024

Despite ongoing advocacy and education about the risks of concussions from organizations like the Sport Information Resource Center, Hockey Canada, and legislation like Rowan's Law, many young athletes still hesitate, or even neglect, to disclose symptoms when they are hurt.

Army.mil | Jul 15, 2024

In recognition of National Therapeutic Recreation Week, the Intrepid Spirit Center on Fort Liberty highlights the innovative therapies that supports the recovery of service members.

WETN | Jul 15, 2024

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces a bill called the Blast Overpressure Safety Act to address traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The bill aims to help veterans and active duty service members who endure issues of traumatic brain injuries with explosions and firing weapons.

BBC | Jul 15, 2024

Princess Anne has carried out her first public engagement since receiving a minor head injury and concussion thought to be caused by a horse last month.

VCU Health | Jul 15, 2024

The project aims to shed light on how concussions are impacting women and girls, who have historically been left behind in sports injuries studies.

Montana Public Radio | Jul 12, 2024

After veterans returned from the Vietnam War, which wound down 50 years ago, they struggled to adjust. That’s been true for combat vets before that war and since. For Vietnam vets, a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder wasn’t possible until the 1980s. More recently – around 2009 – psychological experts further refined PTSD with the term “moral injury.”

PR Newswire | Jul 11, 2024

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will share its innovative approaches to addressing suicide risk factors at the nation's top conference dedicated to suicide prevention among military personnel and veterans. The 2024 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference is hosted by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense. This year's conference theme is Reimagining Suicide Prevention: Evolving and Innovating to Meet Diverse Needs. 

The New York Times | Jul 11, 2024

Greg Johnson, a former NHL center and Nashville Predators captain who died by suicide in 2019, was diagnosed with CTE, his family announced through the Concussion Legacy Foundation on Wednesday.

Massachusetts General Hospital | Jul 9, 2024

A new study by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare, reveals insights that could lead to new treatments for a serious brain bleeding condition that’s common in newborns with very low birth weight. The findings are published in Brain.

Healio | Jul 9, 2024

Concussions sustained by 5- to 12-year-old patients are more likely to be the result of recreational play than sports, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. “We knew that these elementary-age kids were sustaining injury, but the scenarios that they were getting injured were different than what we typically associate with concussions on team sports,” Kristy B. Arbogast, PhD, director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and co-director of the Minds Matter Concussion Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), told Healio.

ABC News, Australia | Jul 9, 2024

Two women who endured decades of intimate partner violence including dozens of brutal assaults and head injuries before they died have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the first cases of CTE in victims of domestic violence in Australia and two of just a handful globally. The grim findings, published today in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, were made by a group of pathologists from several states and territories who teamed up to understand whether the degenerative brain disease found mostly in deceased male football players and boxers is also prevalent among abused women with histories of repetitive head injury.

MIT News | Jul 9, 2024

Some people, especially those in public service, perform admirable feats: Think of health-care workers fighting to keep patients alive or first responders arriving at the scene of a car crash. But the emotional weight can become a mental burden. Research has shown that emergency personnel are at elevated risk for mental health challenges like post-traumatic stress disorder. How can people undergo such stressful experiences and also maintain their well-being?

CBC | Jul 8, 2024

Canadian doctors and brain injury experts believe Canadian Football League players should be encouraged to use Guardian Caps whenever they have the opportunity, but say the technology does not mitigate the risk of concussion. The CFL announced on May 15 that players will be allowed to wear Guardian Caps — protective soft-shell helmet covers — during games this season as part of a new series of health-and-safety measures. The league also mandated mouthguards, becoming the first professional league in North America to do so.

The New York Times | Jul 8, 2024

The team behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship is betting big on Power Slap, a new and extremely dangerous competition with many detractors.

Spectrum News | Jul 8, 2024

With post-traumatic stress disorder among college students doubling between 2017 and 2022, according to a recent New York Times article, one health director at an upstate university is doling out advice for parents. Ariel Rios, executive director for the Health and Wellness Center at Utica University, said parents should talk with their kids as they come home for the summer. 

Clinical Advisor | Jul 5, 2024

Almost half of trauma patients (41%) admitted to the hospital have a missed diagnosis of concussion. Assessing admitted trauma patients for concussion can help clinicians more effectively manage patients’ long-term cognitive health, according to research presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP 2024) national conference, held from June 25 to June 30, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Science Alert | Jul 5, 2024

Long COVID is a brutal illness without a known mechanism or cure. Far from being psychosomatic in nature, a new study adds weight to the idea that this misunderstood disease is very much biological.

MSN | Jul 5, 2024

Princess Anne's husband issued a health update today as the royal remains in hospital with head injuries. The Princess Royal, 73, is currently undergoing treatment in hospital after suffering a concussion from a horse-related injury. 

Oregon Health and Science University | Jul 3, 2024

In a new study, Oregon Health & Science University researchers find that women veterans who had recently attempted suicide were more likely than men to feel social rejection and betrayed by military institutions. They also reported feeling less independent and compassionate toward themselves. The findings, recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, suggest that women veterans may be at higher risk of repeat suicide attempts.

Neurology Advisor | Jul 3, 2024

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are associated with increased levels of pain catastrophizing, pain intensity, and pain interference among both women and men who are veterans, according to study results published in PLoS One.

Your Horse | Jul 2, 2024

Did you know that research has showed that women sustain more frequent and more severe head and brain injuries in sports, including horse riders, than their male counterparts? Ongoing research is evidencing that women’s cervical spine and neck strength have a considerable impact on the outcome of a brain injury, due to the way that the head moves during an accident, a fall or a collision. This results in the brain moving differently, and consequently impacting the level of damage at a neuronal level. So if you fall off your horse or are kicked in the head, be aware that due to the difference in neck strength, there could potentially be a head injury risk.