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ABC News (MI) | Mar 29, 2016

A U.S. Senator is getting involved after an investigation uncovered veterans might not be getting the medical care and benefits they have earned. Sen. Mark Warner said we need to know if Veterans Affairs hospitals are allowing vets to see the proper medical specialists to diagnose traumatic brain injuries.

SB Nation | Mar 29, 2016

No stranger to head injuries, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he is joining a chorus of professional athletes who have pledged to donate their brains for concussion research.

USA Today | Mar 29, 2016

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday cites two recent developments as grounds for the litigation: an NFL executive’s comments on Capitol Hill and allegations an NFL study under-reported incidences of concussions.

STAT News | Mar 29, 2016

New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment. According to an editorial published in JAMA Neurology, the new findings “are a substantial step” in developing a test that could be used in broad settings, from the battlefield to sports events and doctors’ offices.

The Sacramento Bee | Mar 25, 2016

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the UC Davis pathologist who achieved big-screen fame for his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among NFL players, has received the United States Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award.

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The New York Times | Mar 25, 2016

An investigation by The New York Times has found that the NFL’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. These discoveries raise new questions about the validity of the committee’s findings, published in 13 peer-reviewed articles and held up by the league as scientific evidence that brain injuries did not cause long-term harm to its players.

San Jose Mercury News | Mar 25, 2016

The NFL's political action committee has given nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions to 41 of 54 members of a key congressional committee that is reviewing concussion research, according to figures compiled by MapLight, a Berkeley-based nonpartisan research organization.

Scientific America | Mar 24, 2016

A new study in rats could one day benefit people suffering neurological conditions associated with the buildup of unwanted proteins in the brain, including traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s.

AOL News | Mar 24, 2016

"The NFL has been the 'target' but let's be honest, when you look at the statistics of women's and girls' sports, soccer is a huge part of it. Everyone wants to address it regarding the NFL, but there are millions of kids playing sports that no one is talking about that we should be talking about a little bit more," says Taylor Twellman, a TV soccer analyst for ESPN and founder of the Think Taylor Foundation dedicated to educating young athletes on concussions.

ThinkProgress | Mar 24, 2016

No woman has ever been diagnosed with CTE, but that’s probably more indicative of research shortcomings than anything else — of the 307 brains currently in the university’s brain bank, only seven are female. That’s why Brandi Chastain’s pledge is so important.

Defense Health Agency | Mar 22, 2016

Every brain is different. We know this because each person’s brain develops with a unique personality. But the brain as an organ even differs from person to person, and reacts uniquely to injury. “The brain is so much more complex and difficult to study,” said Dr. Heechin Chae, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellite office at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “Even if a CT scan or MRI image looks the same between two brains, how each of those brains functions is totally different. You can’t predict recovery as easily.”

ABC News (PA) | Mar 22, 2016

If your child has had a sports concussion, or is at risk for one, here are seven things you need to know, according to doctors at the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.

Vogue | Mar 18, 2016

When Lotje Sodderland woke up in hospital following a brain hemorrhage, she charted her recovery by making videos on her iPhone. Now the resulting documentary – produced by David Lynch and fresh from last week's SXSW premiere – is now available on Netflix.

Fox 40 (CA) | Mar 18, 2016

Today, as part of "Over The Edge For Brain Injury," 76 brave folks will scale down the side of the 16 story high-rise to help raise awareness of brain injury during Brain Injury Awareness, Education & Prevention Month. These rappellers had to raise a minimum of $1,500 to support the work of the Brain Injury Association of California to earn a slot to to rappel 16 stories.

The New York Times | Mar 16, 2016

An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time. Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety, spoke about the connection during an appearance Monday at a congressional committee's roundtable discussion about concussions.

TIME | Mar 16, 2016

Brain injuries are an invisible disability, and two are exactly the same—each as unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake. There isn’t a cure for brain injuries; they don’t grow back like hair or fade like scars. Dealing with the effects is a lifelong, day-in-day-out process, which might mean something different for me than it does for a football player or a veteran. So it’s up to me to show people what I need. And it’s up to them to understand what they see.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Mar 15, 2016

Hope was the theme at the recent Mind your Brain conference at Penn Medicine as survivors talked about continuing to see improvements even years after injuries, about finding new friends after the old ones abandoned them, and new purpose after they could no longer work.

The Missoulian | Mar 15, 2016

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke said the Department of Veterans Affairs is encumbered by so much bureaucracy that fulfilling its mission of taking care of veterans is a lot like "fighting a war, and you have to ask headquarters for a bullet." As part of a tour across the state, Rep. Zinke visited the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana on Thursday to hear about its work supporting students who are veterans.

FOX 9 News | Mar 15, 2016

Hundreds of traumatic brain injury victims are telling their stories and they're doing it without speaking a word.For the past two months brain injury victims across Minnesota have been creating masks to represent the struggles they face living their lives. Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance has a goal of collecting a thousand of these masks during the next year to raise awareness of the people struggling with the hidden scars of brain injuries.

CBS Minnesota | Mar 10, 2016

Amazing things can happen when great minds come together. Doctors from the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center and researchers from Abbott Diagnostics just announced they’re launching a joint study on concussions and traumatic brain injury. “We need to understand what’s actually wrong and how do we treat it,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at HCMC, known nationally for her research on brain injuries. “That really is what the goal of this study: to figure out what is wrong and how do we treat it.”

ABC News | Mar 10, 2016

The Pop Warner youth football league has settled its first concussion-related lawsuit. The suit was filed in Wisconsin federal court in February 2015 by the mother of 25-year-old Joseph Chernach. Chernach played for Pop Warner for four years starting when he was 11. He committed suicide on June 7, 2012, and was later diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

Science Daily | Mar 10, 2016

Sideline vision tests to detect concussion are increasing in youth and pro sports, but a new study shows language may affect results. These findings could have important implications, the researchers say, particularly amid growing evidence of vision testing's potential to positively detect concussions on sidelines and its increasing use at games and practices.

NPR | Feb 29, 2016

For many high school athletes across the country, a scholarship to play college football is a dream come true. But after high school football player John Castello saw the movie Concussion, he turned down multiple football scholarships.

New York Daily News | Feb 29, 2016

Eric Lindros wants to talk about concussions, and in doing so, must admit his own fears about his future. The former NHL star whose career was ended prematurely primarily by six concussions knows about the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its posthumous diagnosis in so many former NFL players and in some NHLers. And as more and more players are discovered to have developed this neuorodegenerative disorder, from Junior Seau to Ken Stabler and Frank Gifford, Lindros admits he'd be lying if he didn't admit he is concerned, too.

The Atlantic | Feb 8, 2016

In its earliest days, the purpose of the football helmet was to prevent the sport’s scariest, most visible injuries: grisly skull fractures and broken necks. A growing body of evidence has shown that these helmets still aren’t nearly enough to prevent dangerous head injuries. The concussion-proof helmet has become the holy grail of helmet design. But can such a thing really exist?