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The Conversation UK | Sep 23, 2020

While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact sports such as rugby, the consequences of a head impact when riding at speeds of over 40 kilometre per hour can be life changing or worse.

The Conversation | Sep 22, 2020

Can psychoactive drugs be used to treat mental health problems? The idea has been around for years, and recently received some attention in the media.

Forbes | Sep 21, 2020

PTSD patients have been saying for years that cannabis helps with their PTSD. This debilitating condition causes chronic problems like nightmares, panic attacks, hypervigilance, detachment from others, overwhelming emotions, and self-destructive behavior. In some cases, these overwhelming symptoms can even lead to suicide. And while research on the topic has been somewhat inconclusive, many PTSD patients continue to report that cannabis does help.

Now, new research suggests the biological mechanisms behind this therapeutic effect.

BBC | Sep 21, 2020

Two Army veterans who have suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have crawled over the Humber Bridge to raise money for others with the condition. | Sep 21, 2020

Despite progress in recent years, lack of access to quality behavioral health care, combined with the stigma many service members feel when asking for help, leads many to seek more immediate and readily available methods of coping. Unfortunately, one of the most readily available is the use of substances, like alcohol or marijuana.

The New York Times | Sep 15, 2020

Use this playlist to learn more about mental health and to understand your own better.

NPR | Sep 15, 2020

Jacqueline Woodson's latest book is called Before the Ever After and it's written in the voice of a 12-year-old boy whose father is a professional football player, a big star both on TV and to the neighborhood kids. But his father is also suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease that's been diagnosed in many collision-sport athletes.

Medical Xpress | Sep 10, 2020

For the 795,000 lives changed by stroke in the U.S. each year, rehabilitation offers a way to achieve the best possible recovery from a stroke. 

USA Today | Sep 10, 2020

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Tuesday opened up about her ongoing struggle with post traumatic stress disorder and emphasized the importance of mental health care for athletes prepping for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.

BBC News | Sep 10, 2020

Kirsty Coy-Martin has recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after 23 years serving as a police officer, including many years on a child abuse investigation team.

The Guardian | Sep 10, 2020

Zac Easter’s teenage years revolved around football. In an extract from his latest book, Reid Forgrave looks at how the sport has impacted one family

Psychology Today | Sep 8, 2020

Every demographic in the U.S. has been affected by COVID-19 in some way, but one that needs particular care and support is veterans with PTSD.

The Guardian | Sep 8, 2020

It was only when I started collapsing — violently, dangerously — for no apparent reason, that I began to understand the impact of being kidnapped 25 years earlier

Medical Xpress | Sep 8, 2020

News emerged this week former AFL footballer Danny Frawley was suffering from a brain disease called CTE when he died last year, according to reports received by the Victorian Coroner.

The Washington Post Magazine | Sep 3, 2020

The quest to detect the degenerative brain disease CTE in the living and what it could mean for football’s concussion crisis

Sports Illustrated | Sep 3, 2020

It has been almost five years since 24-year-old Zac Easter took his own life, blaming his rapid demise on the concussions he sustained playing football. In an excerpt from a new book, 'Love, Zac,' those closest to Easter reassess their relationships with the game. ... But change is a tricky thing.

Newsweek | Sep 3, 2020

A private non-profit research group seeking to conduct a final phase of clinical trials of MDMA, the main ingredient in the recreational drug ecstasy, got a major boost last month from Silicon Valley and Wall Street donors.

HCP Live | Aug 28, 2020

A majority of youth are symptom-free and fully recovered 1 year after concussion. Those with repeat concussion had worse outcomes and delays in returning to normal school routines and sports. The findings suggested the need for education strategies to potentially reduce parental anxiety following a pediatric concussion.

NIH | Aug 28, 2020

A collaborative study conducted by scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense (DOD), and multiple academic institutions has identified blood biomarkers that could help to predict which athletes need additional time to recover from a sports related concussion. Amounts of two proteins, tau protein and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) were found to be significantly different in athletes who needed less or more than 14 days to return. While further research is needed, the results of this study are an important step towards the development of a test that could help predict which athletes need more time to recover from a concussion and resume activity.

Medical XPress | Aug 26, 2020

Couples that include a partner with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may someday have access to a faster, more efficient therapy that treats the disorder and simultaneously improves their relationships, according to research. The  offered a condensed version of cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD.

The New York Times | Aug 26, 2020

Two retired players have accused the N.F.L. of “explicitly and deliberately” discriminating against hundreds if not thousands of Black players who filed dementia-related claims in the landmark concussion settlement reached in 2013, making it harder for them to qualify for payouts worth as much as $3 million.

WAAY-TV (Huntsville, AL) | Aug 26, 2020

Two veterans are walking across the country to spread awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder with first responders. Before talking to Huntsville Police, Steven Meyers and Carl Curtis spoke with veterans at the American Legion. They want local law enforcement to understand the importance of confiding in their peers when opening up about suffering from PTSD. 

University of Oregon News | Aug 25, 2020

Research from a UO program that examines brain injury recovery is about to get in front of more people who need it most. The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training recently launched “In the Classroom After Concussions: Best Practices for Student Success,” an online course aimed at educators that encapsulates key components of the center’s work that is most relevant to teachers and others who work with children and young adults.

Psych Central | Aug 25, 2020

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur at any time and can have a profound impact on the lives of those affected. While protected by the skull, the human brain is highly susceptible to physical trauma. In some cases, a severe injury can lead to changes in the affected person’s behavior and relationships. A decrease in empathy is one of the most difficult issues to understand for the friends and family members of the affected person. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to regain empathy.

Technology Networks | Aug 24, 2020

In the first days following a severe concussion, it is common to experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, an increased need for sleep or difficulty sleeping. Lingering symptoms can be especially detrimental to sleep, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neurotrama. "Sleep problems are often associated with issues like poor memory, concentration difficulties, depression and anxiety. Treating sleep problems as early possible as after a concussion may help slow down or prevent the development of such problems," says researcher Berg Saksvik.