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U.S. News & World Report | Jan 10, 2018
The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska told the Education Board last week that schools across the state respond to concussion injuries in an inconsistent manner, despite the 2012 Concussion Awareness Act requiring schools to establish protocols to handle such injuries. The act originally required schools and youth sports groups to educate coaches, athletes and parents about concussions. They also had to remove injured students from play and required written approval from parents and health care professionals before allowing students to return. The law was widened in 2014 to require the creation of protocols for students returning to the classroom after an injury.
60 Minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) isn't just affecting athletes, but also showing up in our nation's heroes. Since 9/11 over 300,000 soldiers have returned home with brain injuries. Researchers fear the impact of CTE could cripple a generation of warriors.
Chicago Tribune | Jan 5, 2018
The NFL has reallocated more than $17 million of funding for research into concussions and the effects of brain injuries after a dispute last year related to funding for research by the National Institutes of Health. The funding now will be divided among research done by the Department of Defense, TRACK-TBI (a study funded by NIH) and the National Institute of Aging, a branch of NIH, according to the NFL.
CBS News | Jan 5, 2018
They did not lose limbs, but many veterans exposed to blasts in combat will eventually lose their minds. Just like athletes who endured repeated blows to the head, veterans are suffering from the same degenerative brain disease. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on chronic traumatic encephalopathy and its impact on combat veterans on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 7.
Chicago Sun-Times | Dec 27, 2017
A formerly gregarious, witty man, Doug Buffone was turning inward more and more in the years before his death. ‘‘He became reclusive. As time went on, he definitely wasn’t as social. If people came over to the house, he stayed downstairs. There were times when he would drive around all night long. Sleeping was always an issue.’’
ESPN | Dec 27, 2017

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Emmett Cleary has pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to help with research into CTE. The Legacy Foundation announced the donation Wednesday morning on its website. "Everyone in football should be supportive of this research," Cleary said in the announcement. "I feel like you have a responsibility to your teammates, other players in the league, and the next generation of football players to support the research. I would encourage anyone who loves the game to get involved with brain research." He is the second active NFL player to pledge to donate his brain to research this year, joining Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Eric Winston.

The New York Times | Dec 26, 2017
Several changes to the NFL’s concussion safety protocol, including requiring the presence of an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant at the league command center for all games, were revealed by a league official. The changes, backed by the N.F.L. and its players' union, were agreed upon Dec. 11 by the league’s head, neck and spine committee. They went into effect the following weekend.
Federal News Radio | Dec 26, 2017
“You shoot a .50 caliber that’s about half a PSI of pressure wave, a breecher you’re seeing maybe two PSI, but a breecher may see four or five hundred of those. Then certainly an IED can be something much higher than 10 or 15 [PSI]. We’re very worried about what we see downstream,” says Defense Department Director for Military Health Policy and Oversight Capt. Michael Colston. He added some studies of troops are showing brain legions associated with blast injuries.
Richmond-Times Dispatch | Dec 26, 2017
Sports news producer, Charlie Broaddus, wrote a five-part series for on brain damage in high school football players. Here, he reflects on what he learned reporting the series: "I learned things while writing this series that heightened my concern for high school players. I heard stories of teenagers who spent years dealing with anger issues, memory problems and uncharacteristic behavior after suffering big blows on the field. Shortly after I started researching the topic, Boston University’s CTE Center announced that CTE was diagnosed in three former high school players. Then, Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founder of the CTE Center, told me something that amplified my discomfort.
Westword | Dec 26, 2017
University of Colorado Boulder has been chosen to coordinate a research project into traumatic brain injury among student athletes with one of the main tools being EYE-SYNC, a cutting-edge device designed to diagnose concussions by way of eye movement. "It's essentially a VR headset that's got infrared cameras that will track the movement of the eye," says Matt McQueen, an associate professor of integrative physiology at CU. "It's a more objective measure than just asking student athletes questions."
Scientific American | Dec 21, 2017
There may very well be gender differences in concussion, but when looking at subjective measures we need to be careful to look at the whole picture and consider context.
Star-Tellegram | Dec 21, 2017
Billed as nation’s largest statewide effort to track concussions among youth athletes, only one-third of Texas school districts are participating.
ThinkProgress | Dec 19, 2017
Pink Concussions and National Center for PTSD has announced an exciting partnership - the first-ever brain bank for women. The two organizations will work together to actively recruit women over the age of 18 to donate their brains to TBI and PTSD research.
Scientific American | Dec 18, 2017
Researchers have known for some time that female athletes experience higher rates of concussion than their male counterparts, and also often suffer harsher symptoms and take longer to recover. But why women seem more vulnerable to such injuries has long remained a puzzle. Several explanations have been proposed including sex hormones, neck structure and cerebral blood flow, but no one really knows what is to blame. Now, however, a study led by Douglas Smith, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, adds a new candidate: differences in axons—the output “wires” of neurons.
NavyTimes | Dec 14, 2017
Concussions may be among the most common and least understood military injuries, with the identification of so-called “mild” traumatic brain damage a major challenge to combating the problem, health experts warned lawmakers on Wednesday. But they also said the reasons for those shortfalls don’t fall solely on Defense Department and veterans researchers. Understanding and diagnosing the problem remains frustratingly elusive in the medical community, even as an ever-increasing amount of is compiled from sports injuries, workplace accidents and other non-military events.
The Washington Post | Dec 14, 2017
While reliable tests in living patients for the neurodegenerative disease have yet to be developed, the Redskins quarterback said he would retire if he learned he had CTE.
The Washington Post | Dec 13, 2017
Larry Johnson played his last game in 2011, and he now believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disorder linked to more than 100 former football players. For now, CTE can be confirmed only after death, but Johnson says his symptoms — anxiety, paranoia, the occasional self-destructive impulse — are consistent with those of past victims.
Daily Mail | Dec 7, 2017
The 68-year-old, who has since worked as a football announcer and WWE interviewer, said he can 'feel the decline every day' as the disease slowly robs him of brain function. Alongside wife Kim he is now in the process of starting up a national support network for other sufferers and those at risk of the illness.
PR Newwire | Dec 5, 2017
Concussions are common injuries among contact sport athletes. While most athletes experience full recovery within a few weeks and can return to their sport, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, female athletes tend to experience a higher concussion injury rate than male athletes. Additionally, athletes who suffered a concussion injury prior to college were three times more likely to suffer a contact sport-related concussion than their collegiate peers without a history of the injury.
MedicalXpress | Dec 5, 2017
Stroke and brain injury patients are being guided on the best choice of digital help thanks to students in the School of Health Professions at the University of Plymouth, in collaboration with a national network of healthcare professionals.Students are clinically testing apps to see if they are suitable to be part of the mytherappy website – a database of clinically recommended health apps developed by the stroke and neuro rehab team at NDHT.
Houston Chronicle | Dec 4, 2017
Despite a growing scientific appreciation that injured brains need time to heal, the number of patients who gain access to specialized neuro-rehabilitation has decreased over the past decade. Most end up trapped in nursing homes, where they are often misdiagnosed. A misdiagnosis becomes a missed opportunity for emerging treatments that might return patients to their homes and families. | Nov 30, 2017
Among the survivors, a few, including Nick Tullier, make it to a Houston rehab hospital, where those with even the worst prognoses get a shot at recovery — and where some families learn loved ones once thought as good as dead are still alive inside.
Houston Chronicle | Nov 30, 2017
At first, I thought I'd misheard: Could it be true that, among the untold thousands of patients living in U.S. nursing homes and believed to be in a vegetative state, up to 41 percent are actually conscious?
UCHealth | Nov 29, 2017
The co-founder of Home Depot is betting $38 million that a network of centers anchored at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will pay off handsomely in better lives for veterans and retired athletes who have sustained life-changing traumatic brain injuries. The Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH), which launched on the wings of a five-year grant by Bernard Marcus’s Atlanta-based philanthropy, is just getting going. It looks like smart money so far.
NPR | Nov 29, 2017
The NFL has been more active than the NHL in addressing concerns about concussions and CTE. David Greene talks with neuroscientist Charles Tator talks about hockey's tepid response.
CBS Chicago | Nov 28, 2017
New research indicates teenage football players have an increased risk of long-term brain effects after just one season. The study, conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, looked at 300 youth football players in North Carolina. “All this data is pointing to the same thing — that is that one season of football has an effect on the brain,” said Dr. Joseph Maldjian, study researcher at UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute and co-author of the study.
Reuter's Health | Nov 28, 2017
Football players may experience different degrees of brain damage after concussions depending on what position they play and how long they stick with the sport, a small U.S. study suggests. “Our findings suggest that a career with additional exposure to football is not necessarily worse than a shorter duration of exposure,” said senior study author Kevin Guskiewicz, research director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Quartz | Nov 28, 2017
You don't need to be knocked out, you don't even need to be hit in the head, and even the best, most well designed helmets only help a little, if at all. Despite the increased focus, there's still more that we don't know then we do about concussion."
The New Yorker | Nov 27, 2017
Daniel J. Levitin, a neuroscientist, details the neurological and physiological effects of a concussion he suffered in a minor car accident.
Slate | Nov 27, 2017
While I've never felt that I was addicted to my phone, it's different when you're forced to disconnect, rather than expressly choosing not to obsess over your screen on a given day. My head injury was thankfully on the mild end of the spectrum, and I felt increasingly better. But the bright, imperceptibly flickering light of an LCD or television drove me to headache and nausea, and I could only stand a minute or two at a time.
San Diego Tribune | Nov 27, 2017
University of San Diego professors propose banning football on the campus due to dangers associated with brain trauma. "As faculty members, one of our primary duties is to safeguard the well being of our students," history professor Kenneth Serbin explained, "We believe playing tackle football, especially in (light of) the scientific evidence, is a danger to our students."
BBC News (UK) | Nov 27, 2017
A long-awaited study into the links between heading a soccer ball and brain damage will start in January, the Football Association says. FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the new research "will be one the most comprehensive studies ever commissioned into the long-term health of former footballers".
EurekAlert | Nov 27, 2017
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has awarded Kessler Foundation a $2.23 million, five-year grant to fund the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) The NNJTBIS is a comprehensive system of clinical care, research, information and resource dissemination aimed at improving quality of life for people with traumatic brain injury.
The New York Times | Nov 21, 2017
This is the record of a father’s desperate attempt to save his son, a former N.H.L. enforcer who is now homeless, violent, confused and possibly brain damaged from years of fighting on the ice.
NPR | Nov 21, 2017
A little spit may help predict whether a child's concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and adolescents whose symptoms persisted for at least a month, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.
The Times Herald | Nov 21, 2017
Possibly as a result of brain injury’s invisible symptoms, as many as 9,000 veterans who had post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury may have been wrongfully discharged from the military for misconduct, according to a Government Accountability Office report released earlier this year. The report found that veterans were not consistently screened for TBI or PTSD before being discharged and there was no consistent oversight to ensure proper screening took place, despite institution of screening regulations put in place several years ago. According to the GAO report, in many instances the screenings were not only not conducted but there was no oversight by any of the individual military branches to ensure they were.
The Daily | Nov 21, 2017
For scientists trying to make their research known, heavy press can bring up a lot of issues over what the facts actually are. In this case, one of the main issues is that the media rarely highlights what isn’t known about CTE, only what is. And the truth is, researchers don’t know a whole lot about CTE yet. Some articles published about Hernandez inadvertently connect his criminal actions to the state of his brain, when in reality, scientists don’t completely understand how the disease relates to the physical actions of an individual. There’s a big difference between correlation and causation.
Scientific America | Nov 20, 2017
The same rendering techniques that are used to make graphics for 'Harry Potter' movies are being used to render neurons and brain structures in fine-grained detail allowing scientists to explore the brain in 3-D and perform "virtual dissections."
Medical Xpress | Nov 20, 2017
Researchers at UCLA have been taking a closer look at the psychological aspects of recovery from head injuries and have recently begun a program that integrates a common type of talk therapy as part of their treatment for athletes with lingering emotional impacts after their injuries.
USA Today | Nov 20, 2017
A New York Jets wide receiver told The New York Daily News that he is pulling his 8-year-old son out of football due to concerns over chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Jeremy Kerley, a seven-year veteran in the NFL, told the newspaper in a story published Saturday that his son, Dae’shon, has complained of headaches after football practice and Kerley has decided to pull him out of tackle football.
Medical Xpress | Nov 20, 2017
A review from University of Queensland's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences uncovered the benefit of exercise on a particular protein involved in brain re-organization and re-learning following a neurological disorder, such as after a stroke.
CNN | Nov 16, 2017
Researchers published, what they say is the first case of a living person identified with the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. While unnamed in the study, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu confirmed to CNN that the subject of the case was former NFL player, Fred McNeill -- who died in 2015. Omalu is credited with first discovering CTE in professional football players. The only way to definitively diagnose the disease is with a brain exam after death. The discovery was first made in 2012 using an experimental brain scan that can trace a signature protein of CTE called tau. The case study was published in the journal Neurosurgery this week.
Arizona Daily Star | Nov 16, 2017
During the last decade, the link between traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and suicide has finally begun to receive growing attention in medical, military and academic circles. Unfortunately, the growing body of research has revealed only indications of what may, or may not, be links and causes between these respective conditions. Complicating the issue is that it's not simply a matter of studying veterans with head injury and compiling statistics on suicide. That’s because suicide is also linked to PTSD, and TBI and PTSD often occur together, sometimes the event leading to head injury being the catalyst event for the PTSD.
Chicago Tribune | Nov 16, 2017
The NFL's concussion protocol received a fresh round of criticism after multiple quarterbacks returned to the field in Week 10 after showing clear signs of a potential concussion or experiencing symptoms afterward. The NFL is doing more than ever. Is it doing enough?
U.S. Department of Defense | Nov 16, 2017
Past and present service members and family members suffering from traumatic brain injury can now take part in a Creative Forces music therapy program. For people with TBI, music therapy can be instrumental to rehabilitation. Music therapists use evidence-based techniques to stimulate speech, movement and cognitive emotions in patients.
Inside Science | Nov 15, 2017

Enormous public attention has fallen upon concussion in sports, particularly football in recent years. But traumatic brain injury has also emerged as a signature injury of overseas military conflicts. "The combination of those two facts has led to the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and other funding agencies substantially increasing the resources that are devoted to research in the field of traumatic brain injury and concussion," said Okonkwo. Inside Science reports how new and improved sports protection equipment could help in concussion prevention.

USA Today | Nov 15, 2017
USA TODAY Sports asked more than 40 Under Armour and U.S. Army All-Americans their thoughts on continuing to play a sport in high school, through college and perhaps professionally that is proven to cause brain trauma. While most players deem concussions as much a part of the game as ball spikes and cutbacks, some have taken steps to protect themselves.
Inside Science | Nov 15, 2017
Many people link concussions to a loss of consciousness, but that's actually the minority of concussions. Today doctors consider concussions to be functional injuries. They are not defined by what a doctor sees in a brain scan but rather by how someone is doing after suffering an injury to the brain.
Denver Post | Nov 14, 2017
New laws that require better reporting and monitoring of concussions for high school athletes appear to be working to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries that young players suffer, according to a study co-authored by a University of Colorado researcher.
U.S. News & World Report | Nov 14, 2017
Todd Rubin, a doctoral student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine presented research on Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting showing that heading the ball, a very common occurrence in soccer, disrupts axons in the brain. Furthermore, Rubin reports that women are affected more strongly than men, which could account for differences in recovery time that scientists have observed.
McMaster University Daily News | Nov 14, 2017
Melissa McCradden, a neuroscience postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University, presented research that outlines how sustaining a concussion or even just playing a single season of a contact sport can hurt an athlete’s performance on memory tests. She and her colleagues suspect that repeated impacts, even without traumatic brain injury per se, can inhibit the generation of new neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region associated with memory.
Chicago Sun-Times | Nov 13, 2017
There is a moment in the new documentary "Requiem for a Running Back" when director/narrator Rebecca Carpenter breaks down so hard over her late father's tragic tale, weeping so uncontrollably with a proud daughter's impotence, that little more needs to be said about the terrible, crippling toll of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. As neurologist Julian Bailes says in the film, CTE doesn't just affect the victim of the traumatic brain disease; it affects the victim's entire family
Medical News | Nov 13, 2017
Military service exposes soldiers to a unique set of physical challenges, including toxic chemicals and traumatic brain injury, which can have profound effects on their health and well-being. New research examines the effects of military-related brain disorders and possible paths toward treatment, as well as a potential way to harness our brain's learning capabilities to better train pilots. The studies were presented today at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
EurekAlert | Nov 13, 2017
Research-clinicians at Children's National Health System led the first study to identify a promising treatment to reduce or prevent brain injury in newborns who have suffered hypoxia-ischemia, a serious complication in which restricted blood flow deprives the brain of oxygen. Published in Neonatology on Oct. 13, 2017, the study evaluated the standard cooling therapy (therapeutic hypothermia) alone and in combination with a selective Src kinase inhibitor, PP2, that blocks a regulatory enzyme of apoptosis (cell death), which intensifies as a result of hypoxia-ischemia.
The Washington Post | Nov 10, 2017

Aaron Hernandez suffered the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age, damage that would have significantly affected his decision-making, judgment and cognition, researchers at Boston University revealed at a medical conference Thursday.

The Washington Post | Nov 10, 2017
The NFL revealed exhaustive results of a concussion study spanning two seasons during a presentation Thursday, compiled with an eye toward converting the biomechanical information into innovative products to protect players from the kinds of devastating head injuries that threaten the future of football. Now, the question becomes how to convert the data into results.
Inverse Science | Nov 8, 2017

There’s some promising research happening on the topic of traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but you may not have heard about it. October 17, a study published in Nature Communications, led by Harvard Medical School’s Kun Ping Lu, M.D., Ph.D. and Xiao Zhen Zhou, M.D., described a clear molecular relationship between TBI and CTE. The strange thing is that nobody really knew about it. The study was not publicized, even though it was published in a high-profile journal, and few, if any, media outlets covered its release.

CNBC | Nov 6, 2017
New methods of therapy and psychotropic drugs are helping former NFL players cope with brain injuries, but they often don't get enough aid.
WGN-9 | Nov 6, 2017
There was a rare request today from the mother of a drunk driving victim who was left with serious brain injuries. She doesn't want the Chicago officer accused in the case to go to jail. Instead, she wants him to find redemption by helping people who have sustained a brain injury
The Washington Post | Nov 6, 2017
16-year-old Nick still struggles with delayed speech and sensitivity to light and sound. Doctors have told Lauren Daugherty, Nick's mom, they're treating her son as if he'd suffered a stroke, not a sports injury. This looks like second-impact syndrome, they tell her, the sometimes fatal condition when a brain sustains a second concussion while still recovering from a first.
Argus Leader (SD) | Nov 6, 2017
Athletic trainers are on the frontline in the battle against concussions. Their struggle to diagnose the injury is further complicated by youth athletes.
Inverse Science | Nov 1, 2017

A study released on Tuesday — paid for by the NFL Players Union and the NFL Foundation — links specific types of positions to increased brain injury. The findings were published in the journal Radiology.

NBC News | Oct 30, 2017
A growing body of research shows that on-the-field collisions put players at risk for brain injury and a devastating neurological disorder known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Findings like these have led some pro players to retire early and some parents to keep their youngsters on the sidelines. But there's also good news for players and fans. From more protective helmets to compounds that preliminary research suggests may help protect the brain, researchers are looking for ways to make football safer.
The Falkirk Herald (UK) | Oct 27, 2017
A new initiative was launched today to help brain injury survivors combat wrong assumptions made about them on a daily basis. Part of brain injury charity Headway’s Justice Project, the card will help police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system, either as an accused suspect, victim or witness.
Popular Science | Oct 26, 2017
A new study shows that even when young hockey players who suffer concussions appear fully recovered, and doctors and trainers return them to the ice, scans still show abnormalities in the brain. The findings were published today in the journal Neurology, and add to a growing number of studies showing that neurological changes linger even after clinical symptoms of a concussion clear up. Athletes may appear back to normal on a battery of cognitive and physical tests, but not on an MRI scan.
NPR | Oct 26, 2017
A new study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suggests that even mild exposure to blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan may cause long-term breathing problems.
Science Newsline | Oct 25, 2017
Understanding the puzzling and complex nature of concussion and how to treat it will take a whole new way of approaching the problem, according to new research led by Portland State University. The researchers advocate the use of systems science - a discipline that analyzes complex problems as whole systems and integrates research findings from different disciplines.
The Seattle Times | Oct 25, 2017
"As a player you think, ‘Oh, that won’t happen to me. That won’t happen to me. I’ll never get hurt.’ Then it happened to me." says, Darin Harris. Harris suffered a brain injury as a UW senior against Brigham Young in 2008. He has become an important voice in the education of the effects of brain injuries and is a past president of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.
FierceBiotech | Oct 25, 2017
Neural Analytics has bagged a $10 million contract to develop a point-of-injury device for assessing combat-related traumatic brain injuries. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is putting up the money to give the army a better way of measuring moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries in combat situations.
The New York Times | Oct 18, 2017
A large-scale new study found that concussions in adolescents can increase the risk of later developing multiple sclerosis.
WBOI | Oct 18, 2017
An estimated 60 percent of people in the prison system have suffered some type of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana executive director Dr. Lance Trexler says failure to address this issue has far reaching societal impacts.
PR Newswire | Oct 18, 2017
The link between sports-related concussions (SRCs), chronic encephalopathy (CTE) and mental injury is still unsettled. However, the concern about injury to participants arising from a SRC while participating in a sponsored athletic program is very real to colleges and universities. In response, Gallagher hosted a think tank with risk management professionals from colleges and universities to explore the risk of SRCs for both athletes and their institutions. Gallagher's white paper on this important issue, "State of Play: Managing Brain Injury Risk in College Sports," explores evolving medical science related to SRCs and CTE, the current litigation landscape, insurance coverage concerns, and risk management strategies to respond to this emerging exposure.
Roker Report | Oct 18, 2017
The subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is now one of the hottest topics in global sporting competition, and one of sport’s biggest taboos. Taboo because the ramifications of tackling this issue could potentially have a defining, transformative impact on sporting disciplines we all know and love. Quite literally human lives and billions upon billions of pounds are potentially at stake over this issue.
Richmond Times-Dispatch | Oct 12, 2017

In a five-part series, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is examining the potential short- and long-term effects of brain injury for high school football players, and how those effects are discussed and handled in Richmond-area high schools. Part 1 is focusing on "The Culture" — High school football players think about and respond to brain trauma in a variety of ways — some are walking away from the game, while others continue to play through brain injuries.

Sports Illustrated | Oct 12, 2017
Head injury awareness is becoming a more prevalent topic in world soccer–especially when it comes to young academy players. The Football Association and Professional Footballers' Association in England are stepping up the research being undertaken, and the way Alzheimer's or memory loss has afflicted several members of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad has sharpened the need to investigate.
Healio | Oct 11, 2017
The Wounded Warrior Project and Cohen Veterans Bioscience recently announced the Research Alliance for PTSD/TBI Innovation and Discovery Diagnostics, a shared initiative to improve diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
BBC News | Oct 11, 2017
Paul Pugh was in the most critical meeting of his life. He was being told what his future would be like after receiving a brain injury in a brutal assault. He laughed the whole way through the discussion but, to him, it felt like he was sobbing. He would later be diagnosed with pathological laughter.
Medical Xpress | Oct 11, 2017
"Getting at the precise mechanisms of what happens after axon damage has been really challenging," says Anne Marion Taylor, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. "But we think we've finally figured out a key part of what happens and why." In a Nature Communications paper, Taylor and colleagues have revealed new molecular details of axotomy - when neurons are damaged or completely severed.
Kelowna Capital News | Oct 11, 2017
Professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon’s donated brain has revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to researchers from the University of Washington. It is the first confirmed case of a professional bull rider with CTE,It is the first confirmed case of a professional bull rider with CTE.
Reuters | Oct 10, 2017
Athletes who suffer concussions during their careers are more prone to anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance after retirement, according to new research by soccer’s world players’ union FIFPro. A survey of 576 male former first division soccer, ice hockey and rugby players from France, Finland, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland found that multiple concussions resulted in higher rates of common mental illness.
Chicago Tribune | Oct 10, 2017
Two high schoolers are pushing to make a big difference for students with concussions. Rekha Iyer and Jash Desai, two juniors from Naperville, Illinois have proposed a law change that standardizes the protocols for students to return to the classroom after sustaining a concussion. They’ve written the legislation in response to Iyer’s struggles returning to school after she sustained a concussion her sophomore year. "In an ideal world, each student would have an individualized plan. The practicality of that is that it all takes a very long time,” said Iyer.
The Fort Campbell Courier | Oct 10, 2017
Today’s veterans, family members and health care providers are keenly aware of post-traumatic stress and the importance in veterans seeking help. Unfortunately, many veterans suffer in silence, which not only hurts them, but their families as well, and in ways they may not realize. One of the touchiest subjects to discuss with veterans and their families is the risk of suicide and its potential financial impact outside of the emotional toll such an act takes on family members.
AP News | Oct 6, 2017
Maryland is one of 14 states where participation in football was down 10 percent or more over the past five years, according to NFHS data. In all, 41 states saw a decline between the 2011-12 and 2016-17 school years, and just nine states and the District of Columbia saw increases. “There’s no question about it. The amount of publicity, beginning with the NFL and what you see on national news, has caused concern among parents,” said Bob Gardner, the National Federation of State High School Associations executive director. “Probably some who would have been more inclined to let their young men play, maybe are making different decisions now.”
PsychCentral | Oct 4, 2017
Young female athletes tend to experience concussion symptoms twice as long as their male counterparts, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The researchers believe that the longer recovery period may be due to underlying conditions typically more prevalent in girls, such as migraines, depression, anxiety and stress.
Medical News | Oct 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a team of scientists and physicians from leading health care institutions across Phoenix a $1.3 million grant over three years to study traumatic brain injury and its relationship to dementia. The collaboration is between the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona State University.

The New York Times | Oct 2, 2017
Unlike broken limbs, usually detected because of pain and clearly diagnosed with X-rays, head injuries are tricky to diagnose and manage. In many cases where the concern is concussion, there is no medication or surgery that can make a difference — the primary treatment is rest. Public awareness over the ties between concussions and later problems for children, and publicity about chronic traumatic encephalopathy in athletes may be making parents even more anxious about treating head injuries.
The New York Times | Oct 2, 2017
Yale researchers calculated that if contact sports could be made noncontact — like flag football, for example — there would be 49,600 fewer injuries among male college athletes per year and 601,900 fewer among male high school athletes. The savings could be as much as $1.5 billion per year for colleges and $19.2 billion per year for high schools. And that takes into account only the immediate consequences of an injury.
NPR | Sep 29, 2017
A new analysis of data confirms what many doctors fear — that concussions start showing up at a high rate in teens who are active in contact sports. About 20 percent of teens said they have been diagnosed with at least one concussion. And nearly 6 percent said they've been diagnosed with more than one, according to a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Popular Science | Sep 29, 2017
We always think of football when we think concussions, but athletes in plenty of other sports—from soccer to hockey—get regular head injuries. A recent report found that about 20 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have had at least one concussion.
Esquire | Sep 29, 2017
How much have former youth football players experienced the effects of CTE? A new study from a team of neuroscientists at Boston University adds to the growing collection of research about the dangers of football. The results suggest children who play tackle football before the age of 12 are at more risk for significant brain issues as they grow older.
The New York Times | Sep 25, 2017
Aaron Hernandez brain damage was so severe that scientists all but gasped. The sheer extent of the damage inverts the usual question about violence and so-called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. If accumulated head trauma can cause such damage, might the injuries in turn lead to murder and suicide? The links between biology and behavior are complex, and a number of factors contribute to violence. Yet evidence is mounting that CTE may be involved.
GoUpstate News (SC) | Sep 25, 2017
A tool to help measure concussion patients’ responses in driving situations is helping to generate data that determines when it’s safe for those patients to get back behind the wheel.
Futurity | Sep 25, 2017
A new study shows that the presence of ApoE4 exacerbates brain damage related to the Alzheimer’s protein tau. “Once tau accumulates, the brain degenerates,” says senior author David Holtzman, a professor and head of the neurology department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “What we found was that when ApoE is there, it amplifies the toxic function of tau, which means that if we can reduce ApoE levels we may be able to stop the disease process.”
The New York Times | Sep 22, 2017
The brain scan came as a surprise even to researchers who for years have been studying the relationship between brain disease and deaths of professional football players. Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s. It was, a lawyer for his family said, in announcing the findings on Thursday, “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age.”
Reuters | Sep 22, 2017
our in five military service members who suffer brain injuries may be able to return to military or civilian work after they get treatment at inpatient rehabilitation facilities, a UK study suggests. Almost one-third of these service members can return to a full-time military job after intensive rehab, the study also found. The results suggest that the costs of treatment in residential rehabilitation programs can pay off in the long run, said Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Markus Besemann, a chief of rehabilitation medicine for the Canadian Forces Health Services and a lecturer at the University of Ottawa.
Pennsylvania Real-Time News | Sep 22, 2017
A high school football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he continued to practice after suffering a concussion can't sue his coach or school district, a federal appeals court panel has ruled. The simple fact is that no legal precedent was in place to hold the coach or the school liable when Sheldon Mann suffered his injury in November 2011, Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie wrote in the opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Quarts Media | Sep 22, 2017
This fall, some of the most elite football players in the NFL and on college teams around the country have taken the field wearing a new kind of helmet. The Vicis Zero1 helmet looks almost identical to the standard football helmet, but it has a soft shell that crumples on contact—similar to an automobile bumper—reducing impact against the brain
Futurity | Sep 21, 2017
New research challenges the prevailing scientific assumption that, during recovery from head trauma, excessive neurogenesis (birth of new brain cells) is advantageous. The excessive burst of new brain cells after a TBI that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new study out of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
The Atlantic | Sep 21, 2017
A new technique could revolutionize how a neurodegenerative disease afflicting contact sports is treated. Sam Gandy, a neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, was studying the brains of retired soldiers and football players, looking for signs of trouble like this. The scan that stood out was of a retired NFL player - the red areas of the scan closely corresponded to the damage that scientists see of the disease in autopsied brains.
Consumer Reports | Sep 21, 2017
Most children who experience a blow to the head that leads to concussion recover well, within a week to two, says Robert Cantu, M.D., clinical professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University Medical School and co-founder of its CTE Center. But what's the appropriate concussion treatment? Here's what experts advise if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports such as tackle football, soccer, or hockey.