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EurekAlert! | Apr 12, 2024

 A generative artificial intelligence (AI) model that can analyze the narrative accounts of women who have undergone recent childbirth has shown the ability to accurately screen for post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD), a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system has found. By exploring the capabilities and shortcomings of several models from OpenAI, including ChatGPT, the researchers identified a version that offers rich insights into maternal mental health following traumatic childbirth.

ABC, Australia | Apr 11, 2024

Melbourne researchers say they have discovered a blood protein that could help detect children with ongoing concussion symptoms weeks after an injury. Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) said levels of a protein called Alpha-1-antichymotrypsin (alpha-1-ACT) appeared significantly lower in children who had a delayed recovery from injury.  According to MCRI, one in five children will have had a concussion by the time they are 16. 

Newsweek | Apr 11, 2024

he physical scars of Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine are often laid out in painstaking detail — the blood, the gore, the shattered towns and the leveled buildings are plain to see. Less clear at first sight, however, is the mental burden the ongoing war has caused for many Ukrainians, both within the borders of the battle-scarred country and elsewhere across the globe.

BBC | Apr 11, 2024

Scientists in Devon hope to reduce the impact of brain fog in people with long Covid using computer games. The University of Exeter's Beacon Project used the brain's problem-solving abilities to help memory and cognition, staff said. They added such games had been used in studies into the mental decline of older people and it was hoped similar work could help post-viral conditions.

News-Medical | Apr 9, 2024

Previous studies have suggested that combat veterans who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at three to four times the risk for future dementia, which may be attributed to genetic risk factors. In a recent study published in Nature Mental Health, researchers identify shared genetic loci among military veterans with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

The New York Times | Apr 9, 2024

In perhaps its clearest admission that football can cause degenerative brain disease, the N.F.L.’s top health and safety official admitted Monday that there was a link between the sport and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease found in dozens of retired players.

KFF Health News | Apr 8, 2024

Researchers from Boston University’s School of Medicine have identified an inflammatory protein circulating in spinal fluid that may reflect the presence of CTE in patients’ brains.

American Legion | Apr 8, 2024

The American Legion issued a letter of support this week to Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., for his work on behalf of H.R. 5633, Veteran Suicide Prevention Act. The legislation would mandate the examination and disclosure of vital information regarding opioids, psychotropic medications and other relevant factors in veteran suicide cases. It would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include data on combat experience, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma in its annual report. “This bill represents a crucial step toward a more thorough understanding of the complex interplay between trauma and suicide risk among veterans,” American Legion National Commander Daniel Seehafer wrote.

AOL | Apr 8, 2024

Dr. Avindra Nath spends his days surrounded by brains. His goal: learning all he can about how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, affects brain tissue, potentially leading to long-term symptoms of the virus. "The involvement of the brain is quite extensive," said Nath, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The brains he studies come from Covid-19 patients who died suddenly, and were all donated by family members.

Live Science | Apr 8, 2024

Minibrains grown in the lab may help explain why concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) raise people's risk of dementia. In a new study, published Thursday (April 4) in the journal Cell Stem Cell, scientists reported the results of an experiment in which they blasted these lab-grown models of the human brain — known as cerebral organoids — with high-intensity ultrasonic waves. The waves were intended to mimic damage to brain cells induced by severe traumatic brain injuries.

WKYC Studios | Apr 4, 2024

For years, athletic trainers have comforted athletes with suspected concussions with an ice towel. It appears they were on to something. Researchers at Akron Children's Hospital — along with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Michigan, and Dayton Children's Hospital — found using a device that cools the brain helps to reduce the severity of concussion symptoms. It's known as hypothermic therapy.

News 12 New Jersey | Apr 4, 2024

Groundbreaking research is being conducted at Rowan University to help determine if a veteran has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is done by giving them a simple blood test. Dr. James Grinias is a chemist at Rowan. He was just awarded a $350,000 grant to develop a portable PTSD test for the U.S. Army. The thinking is that PTSD affects the brain at the cellular level, and therefore might be detectable in blood cells.

Pharmacy Times | Apr 4, 2024

African American veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to be re-hospitalized with stroke compared to those without PTSD, according to a data published in Stroke. Further, investigators of the study found that PTSD did not contribute to post-stroke readmission for White veterans.

The Hill | Apr 4, 2024

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Tonya Oxendine, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for nine hard years before she began her path to recovery. Her pain reached a point where, one day after leaving her desk at the Pentagon, she was considering driving off a bridge. 

New Atlas | Apr 3, 2024

The world’s most powerful MRI machine has started proving its worth, by scanning living human brains. The resulting images give an ultra high resolution glimpse into the brain, which will help us better understand the nature of consciousness and treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Nature | Apr 3, 2024

With key long COVID trials yet to yield results, people with the condition are trying to change how clinical trials are done.

CNN | Apr 3, 2024

Vontae Davis, the former NFL cornerback who made two Pro Bowls with the Indianapolis Colts and memorably retired at halftime of his final game, was found dead by police Monday at his home in South Florida, according to authorities.

The Athletic | Apr 2, 2024

Raphael Varane has opened up on suffering concussions in multiple football matches and how his body has been “damaged” by heading during fixtures. The Manchester United defender believes a lack of understanding around head injuries has proved harmful to him and other footballers, while he has called for limited use of heading the ball during training sessions.

PR Newswire | Apr 2, 2024

Abbott's i-STAT TBI cartridge has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used with whole blood, allowing doctors to help assess patients with suspected concussion at the patient's bedside and obtain lab-quality results in 15 minutes. Previously, the tests to help with the assessment of TBI were only cleared for use with plasma or serum, requiring samples to be sent to a lab for processing and testing.

The Sportster | Apr 1, 2024

Chris Nowinski was a 'Tough Enough' winner with a short WWE career, but he has changed the world through his work on concussions and CTE.

The Guardian | Apr 1, 2024

"I worry about it because we already have Alzheimer’s and dementia in our family, and those family members did not get whacked on the head a whole bunch,” Ronda Rousey, says as she considers a future shrouded by the consequences of concussion and a past where she broke so many barriers for women before a shattering fall.

Forbes Network | Apr 1, 2024

 highly decorated former army bomb disposal officer has accused the British Army of dishing out antidepressants to soldiers with PTSD too easily. Retired Major Wayne Owers, who was given the drug after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), told the Telegraph: "The MOD dishes out antidepressants far too easily in my opinion. My dose was increased three times because my body just got used to them."

Neuroscience News | Mar 29, 2024

Dogs can be trained to detect stress-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath, potentially identifying the onset of PTSD flashbacks. This groundbreaking study utilized two dogs to distinguish between the breath of individuals recalling traumatic experiences and control samples, achieving over 70% accuracy. This finding suggests that assistance dogs could offer earlier intervention during PTSD episodes by detecting specific stress markers, highlighting the potential for more effective PTSD management. The study also opens avenues for further research into the biochemical signals associated with PTSD symptoms and how dogs can be trained to respond to them.

Forbes | Mar 28, 2024

Today, MDMA is probably best known as a “party drug,” more likely to be passed around on a sticky dance floor under UV lights than in the psychiatrist's office. But after decades of prohibition scientists have begun to rediscover its potential—along with a number of other psychedelic drugs—in the treatment of complex trauma-related mental health conditions.

The Seattle Times | Mar 28, 2024

American athletic trainers are getting behind guidelines that could allow students who sustain a concussion to return to class and physical activity sooner. A statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Athletic Training encourages practitioners to consider the psychological effects on students if they are kept out of school while they recover.