Education Week | Jun 13, 2019
A growing number of children have experienced a brain injury—yet most teachers have never learned in preparation or professional development how to work with them. "I think people are realizing that there are a lot more of these kids out there in schools than we realized," said Ann Glang, the director and research professor at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at the University of Oregon. She has worked to create an online course for teachers to learn evidence-based strategies for working with students with traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. The course relaunched last month to offer teachers credit for a continuing education unit.
USA Today | Jun 13, 2019
Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros is hoping a new campaign launched across Ontario will help amateur athletes, parents and coaches better identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion after his career was cut short by repeated blows to the head. "You see anything that's off or someone's not feeling quite right, let's pull them (out of the game)," Lindros told The Canadian Press this week. "Let's not even question it." The provincial government's ad campaign — called "Hit. Stop. Sit." — follows the passing of Rowan's Law, the first of its kind in Canada and set to take effect July 1. The law is named after Rowan Stringer, a youth rugby player who died in 2013 from second impact syndrome after suffering multiple concussions.
Genetic Literacy Project | Jun 13, 2019
Millions of middle-aged Americans like Andrews now find themselves on the precipice of memory loss. Some played contact sports as kids; others have close relatives with dementia or are battling early senior moments. A number of brain disorders, including CTE, can only be officially diagnosed with an autopsy, so many people live without knowing much about the trajectories their minds are taking. To help fill these gaps, David Merrill, a psychiatrist and brain researcher at the University of California, and other doctors are researching the use of brain-measuring software along with existing brain scans called MRIs. While the new volume-based analysis is neither definitive nor foolproof, it provides detail and context that may sharpen a neurologist’s judgment of what’s happening inside the brain.
Neurology Advisor | Jun 12, 2019
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, RA Stern, Ph.D., Boston University Research CTE Center and colleagues noted that the ability to detect CTE in the brains of living individuals could improve our understanding of the disease and inform research regarding prevention and treatment. To that end, they evaluated patterns of tau and amyloid-beta deposition in the brains of 26 former NFL players and 31 healthy controls, using flortaucipir positron-emission tomography (PET) and florbetapir PET.
Jefferson Public Radio | Jun 12, 2019
Anybody who watches a fair amount of sports is used to the concept of concussion. It's bad enough when adults get their brains rattled; it can derail a life plan for a young person working to get through school. So the University of Oregon's Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) started a project to help teachers help students with brain injuries. We learn about the project from CBIRT Director Ann Glang and Project Coordinator Melissa McCart in this month's edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio, our joint venture with UO.
The Good Men Project | Jun 10, 2019
Today we pause to remember Joseph Chernach on the anniversary of his passing. Joseph Chernach (July 11, 1986 – June 6, 2012) was a multi-sport athlete youth through high school. He played tackle football with Pop Warner for 4 years, and high school an additional 4 years. He was MVP of the high school football team, all-state defensive back, and awarded senior athlete. Symptoms of CTE started shortly after high school, including paranoia, mood issues, depression and suicidal thoughts. He died by suicide at the age of 25, and diagnosed with brain damage and Stage II-III CTE.
Arizona Daily Star | Jun 10, 2019
Events that lead to homelessness are myriad and complex. Still, it can't be coincidence that over half of all homeless men in a 2014 study conducted by Neuroscience Research Program for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada were found to have sustained a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The implications of the study's findings are huge and indicate the danger of being homeless with a brain injury are two-fold. Brain injury can lead to cognitive defects that include diminished executive function, the ability to actually do something the brain injury survivor may know intellectually they need to do, such as seek shade or water. This can add to litany of reasons life on the street and in the elements is already dangerous for anyone.
Ringside News | Jun 10, 2019
Perry Saturn was going through some really hard times not too long ago. The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) alum was dealing with brain trauma from so many brutal matches and he was broke, homeless, and addicted to drugs. "I don't have that any more," Saturn said referring to his drug problem and being homeless as he spoke to Bill Apter at 1 Wrestling. Perry Saturn also had a great update about his current brain issues. "I'm recovering and getting better from the CTE. It's gotten a lot better, you know? So it was very bleak at first and some people it gets to a point and sometimes it doesn't. I'm one of the lucky ones."
University of South Florida | Jun 10, 2019
Elementary school-aged children who participate in recreational sports are at greater risk of concussion than most other sports-related injuries. A new study published in PLOS ONE focused on children 5-11 years old who play recreational football, soccer and baseball/softball.
Healio MedBlog | Jun 10, 2019
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive, degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head impacts, such as those suffered by boxers and football players. In the later stages, it affects memory, judgment, mood and control of behavior. Many people are familiar with famous football players like Ken Stabler and Aaron Hernandez who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). We now know that the disease likely has its foundation early in life, but there are several things that parents, coaches and primary care providers (including optometrists) can do to help reduce the risk of young players developing CTE in the future.
BJPenn.com | Jun 10, 2019
Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, who tragically passed away after a boxing match in his native Edmonton, Alberta in 2017, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Hague was diagnosed with the condition via autopsy.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention | Jun 5, 2019
Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated data and statistics on TBI related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (TBI-EDHDs). The CDC now estimates approximately 2.87 million TBI-related EDHDs, marking a 53% increase from 2006-2014. These updated numbers can be accessed in the TBI web pages of the CDC website.
Reuters | Jun 3, 2019
People who have mild traumatic brain injuries may be more likely to have lasting functional deficits that get in the way of daily activities than patients who experience other types of injuries, a U.S. study suggests. Although long-term cognitive and physical impairments are well known after-effects of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, doctors are less certain of the expected course of recovery for people with mild traumatic brain injuries, researchers note in JAMA Neurology.
The New York Times | Jun 3, 2019
The NHL, with a lower profile and fewer player deaths than the NFL, has fought hard against mounting evidence of a connection between head injury and the degenerative brain disease C.T.E.
The New York Times Magazine | May 31, 2019
Many people wrongly assume that PTSD is inevitable for anyone exposed to trauma. Because I endured trauma at home and on the front lines but never suffered from PTSD, three years ago I volunteered to serve as a control for a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before the study, I had questioned whether I deserved health and happiness. I naïvely thought having PTSD would validate my military experience. I didn’t know why I was able to suffer and yet still move on. Now that I’m in medical school, I’ve learned there are a number of resiliency factors that might help protect people from developing PTSD. I happen to have a few of them.
The Balitmore Sun | May 31, 2019
Male youths who play lacrosse suffer more injuries and concussions than their counterparts in high school and college, a recently published national study comparing injury rates and their causes found. The study, which was published online this month and in the June issue of Pediatrics, examined injuries per minute of athletic exposure for 21 youth teams, 22 high school teams and 20 men’s college teams covering games and practices over the three lacrosse seasons. The results showed most of the injuries among the younger players were equipment and body-contact related. And while the overall concussion rate in lacrosse is low compared with other sports, the study showed the youth level experienced a higher rate.
PBS NewsHour | May 29, 2019
On average, 20 U.S. military veterans daily die by suicide, and suicides among active duty personnel are increasing. A number of treatments for veterans with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder exist, but they have drawbacks. Special correspondent Mike Cerre looks at treatment options and follows up on U.S. Marines with whom he was embedded during the war in Iraq.
NPR | May 29, 2019
The U.S. Army issued a tweet ahead of Memorial Day weekend with a question for service members and veterans: "How has serving impacted you?" In response, thousands of veterans and their loved ones shared stories of trauma, depression, illness, sexual assault and suicide.
The Arizona Daily Star | May 29, 2019
It's difficult for medical professionals to even assess whether brain-injury survivors have psychiatric conditions because many of the cognitive challenges that stem from brain injury mirror symptoms of certain mental-health conditions such as anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Regardless of the cause of a mental-health condition, however, the fact remains that intervention and treatment are crucial in ensuring that brain-injury survivors can live well after brain injury.
Redwood Falls Gazette | May 28, 2019
Studies are showing the link between mental health symptoms and TBI, which indicates just how important it is for people who think they may have suffered a concussion to get checked out and if a concussion has been diagnosed to go through the proper follow-up care.
Los Angeles Times | May 28, 2019
Concussions have become a major topic in sports over the last several years, mainly in football. But the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager would like to see concussions discussed more in baseball, particularly when it comes to catchers. On Saturday, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli got his seventh concussion since the start of the 2015 season when he was hit in the head by a broken bat. He played for another half-inning after getting the concussion.
The Columbus Dispatch | May 28, 2019
David Mellor was paging through a magazine at his acupuncturist’s office when he recognized himself in an article on post-traumatic stress syndrome. Since being struck by a car nearly 30 years before, he had been struggling with irritability, depression, nightmares, insomnia, emotional numbness and more. Working long hours was one way he coped with the the symptoms that plagued him, but the strategy came at a high cost to his wife and two daughters.
WBUR News | May 28, 2019
A U.S. diplomat who suffered headaches and memory loss under mysterious circumstances while stationed in China has pledged to donate his brain for research. Mark Lenzi on Friday joined the several thousand others, including many former NFL players, who previously signed agreements to have their brains studied after they die by the CTE Center at Boston University.
Youngstown Air Reserve Station | May 28, 2019
Many service members struggle with the thought of seeking mental health treatment, thinking of it as a career ender, or possibly that others may think they are weak for seeking help. Corvin said he wrestled with the thought of whether or not to get help, and eventually decided he needed to make a change – not only for himself, but for his family. "I turned everything into a mission," he said. "My day-to-day life was literally task oriented. There was no real friendship making, no personal interactions; everything was something I 'had' to do. Whether it was going to work or attending meetings, I just focused on getting through it. But, the minute I didn't have anything to do, that's when the ghosts would come out and play."
CNN | May 23, 2019
Ashley Massaro, former WWE wrestler and Survivor: China contestant, died Thursday in her home of an apparent suicide. The 39-year-old former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star has suffered from depression for years and may have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Ashley's brain could offer key insights into CTE and other neurological effects from wrestling. "It was her desire to donate her brain to be studied," her lawyer Konstantine Kyros said in a statement to CNN.