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University of Miami | Jul 8, 2016

Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) improves their learning memory ability, as reported in a new study published online today in the July edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug, a selective phosphodiesterase 4 subtype inhibitor (PDE4B), is currently under development by Tetra Discovery Partners, a privately held biotechnology company and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by University of Miami / Miami Project researchers.

CBC News | Jul 7, 2016

"We know that the real work starts when they leave here," said Emily Ewert, an occupational therapist. But help is limited at that point. "There is no coordinated team to provide the therapies with physio and speech and occupational therapy and social work together as a team. It's a concern in general for going back to the community," said Laura Vandurme, speech and language pathologist.

Newsweek | Jul 5, 2016

For the first time in his life, Bryce Mickelson has been learning about the brain and the many bad things that happen when it’s hit over and over again. Two weeks after being interviewed by a graduate student about his head injury history, Mickelson received a copy of his neuropsychological report, which showed evidence of repeated blunt force brain trauma. The report outlined his cognitive and behavioral challenges and suggested strategies that could help him cope.

Women's Day | Jul 5, 2016

One husband shares how he helps his wife deal with the raw realities of a traumatic brain injury. Nearly 20 years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty, Alexis Courneen struggles with everyday tasks—but lives a full life, thanks to the sweetheart who's always by her side.

America Academy of Pediatrics | Jul 5, 2016

New work published in Pediatrics estimates 1.1 to 1.9 million children and adolescents experience traumatic brain injury each year while playing sports or during recreational activities. Researchers also estimated that most children with such injuries -- between 511,590 and 1,240,972 -- didn't get any medical attention. The researchers used three national databases to provide what is considered the most accurate and precise estimate of such injuries.  

Military times | Jul 1, 2016

Findings show the first physical evidence of brain injury resulting from exposure to high explosives. The brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts in combat, have been found to have microscopic scarring in the star-shaped cells that line the junctions between their gray and white matter. Researchers with the Defense Department’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) say the results could account for the physical and behavioral changes seen in some troops after they return from war.

Genetic Engineering News | Jul 1, 2016

A study comparing the effectiveness of usual care to usual care plus acupuncture in treating patients with post-TBI headaches showed a significant improvement in headache-related quality of life with the with the addition of acupuncture.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette | Jul 1, 2016

The Rodeo Association requires each of its athletes to wear a cowboy hat into the arena to preserve the Western culture that started rodeos. An exception is made for protective helmets and face masks but bull rider Corey Atwell of Moravian Falls, N.H., chose not to wear a helmet. "I grew up wearing a hat," he said. "I would have been considered a sissy if I wore a helmet."

Los Angeles Times | Jul 1, 2016

A UC Irvine survey has confirmed that concussions appear to be prevalent in the sport of water polo, especially for goalies. More than a third of water polo participants reported sustaining a concussion during a game or practice, according to the poll conducted by UC Irvine researchers.

Science Daily | Jul 1, 2016

A new study led by scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) describes a technology that could lead to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, provides a means of homing drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain.

Quartz | Jul 1, 2016

While the plight of famous athletic figures has garnered high levels of scrutiny the typical head injury patient still enters a medical landscape sapped of resources and attention. Me? I’m a 5-foot-3, 25-year-old management consultant living in New York City, whose most impressive athletic achievement is almost winning a JV tennis match in high school. I could hardly have less in common with these professional jocks. But I too endured a concussion, and like many wounded sports pros, I worried about its impact on my career...

KSL (UT) | Jul 1, 2016

TBIs affect an estimated 5.3 million Americans. While these injuries are common, they are among the most devastating injuries a person could suffer. Here are just four of the millions of TBI stories and their messages of hope.

The New York Times | Jun 23, 2016

Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State wrestler and football player who hid concussion symptoms because he felt it was the manly thing to do, killed himself in 2014.

The Washington Post | Jun 22, 2016

Researchers estimate between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children are concussed annually. But they can’t be sure how big the problem is. Many concussions go unnoticed, many children go untreated, and most monitoring systems focus on student-athletes, when recreation league games can carry as much risk. Each system culls incidence information from only one type of provider, whereas injured youths receive care in a variety of settings. That means there’s no centralized source to see who is getting concussed — or how. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to create and oversee a surveillance system to collect data on concussions across the country

CNN | Jun 22, 2016

Every year, almost half a million children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions. In fact, a study published in the June 20 edition of the journal Pediatrics estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher, possibly between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually.

Portland Press Herald | Jun 22, 2016

University of New England has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE’s researchers chose men’s lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.

KUOW (WA) | Jun 21, 2016

A school assembly on the first day of school at Garfield High School in Seattle sounds a lot different to Daisy Emminger, who was a freshman suffering from a concussion. "It was just overwhelming," Emminger said. "And painful.

New Hampshire Union Leader | Jun 21, 2016

Jayme Severance not only survived the 2006 car accident that left him with permanent brain damage, but he relearned to walk, finished high school, graduated college, traveled in France and wrote a 500-page memoir. But there's one more roadblock: He can't get a job.

The Washington Post | Jun 21, 2016

Almost three years after her surgery and two years after she finished therapy, Scurry sees herself as an advocate for women’s health, especially in relation to concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She finds speaking out therapeutic and figures if she, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion, received pushback in pursuit of finding relief, then what issues are young girls facing?

The Washington Post | Jun 16, 2016

Ahead of testifying Tuesday in front of the Congressional traumatic brain injury task force, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1999 World Cup Champion Briana Scurry announced she intends to donate her brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. “I think it’s important that more doctors have female brains to look at to see the similarities and differences and progression of things,” Scurry said. “Obviously, I think my brain could be useful.”

NPR | Jun 13, 2016

A group of specialists called the Gray Team challenged the dogma that said head injuries were serious only if they were obvious and bloody. Bomb blasts can lead to lasting but invisible damage.

The New York Times | Jun 13, 2016

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.

MIT Technology Review | Jun 10, 2016

BrainScope’s technology could eventually be used on the sideline, in the battlefield, or in the emergency room to help clinicians rapidly test for concussions. The test is composed of a disposable headset with sensors that record electrical signals. Placing the headset, recording the signals, and analyzing the data on an Android smartphone application takes just 10 minutes.

Science Daily | Jun 10, 2016

Using an advanced imaging technique, researchers have been able to predict which patients who'd recently suffered concussions were likely to fully recover.

ABC News | Jun 10, 2016

VA Secretary Robert McDonald has granted "equitable relief" to all of the those affected, a policy that will allow veterans to undergo new "ªTBI"¬ exams, conducted by a qualified specialist, and receive disability benefits for diagnosed TBIs from the effective date of the original claim. But some veterans said they feel the measures are not enough.