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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?

UA News | Feb 8, 2016

Despite new concussion-management protocols in the NCAA and NFL, many athletes still don't recognize concussion symptoms or won't report them if they do. The University of Arizona creators of BrainGainz, a virtual-reality app that allows users to experience the symptoms of concussion, hope to change that. The app has been developed  for the NCAA's Mind Matters Challenge, part of a $30 million joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense to educate athletes and soldiers on concussion.

Vancouver News | Feb 4, 2016

Dr. Robert Tarzwell is among a team of scholars who have made Discover Magazine's top 100 stories of 2015 list, coming in at number 19.

Clinical Advisor | Feb 4, 2016

Study results suggest that GCS may be less accurate in predicting the extent of injury in elderly adults.

Alphr  | Feb 4, 2016

how woodpeckers manage to cope with repeated impact has inspired researchers to re-evaluate how we deal with brain trauma on the pitch, or behind enemy lines. Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System and an expert in concussion believes the answer lies not in helmets, but by taking inspiration from the animal kingdom.

Los Angeles Times | Feb 3, 2016

Vince Lombardi coached the first Super Bowl-winning football team, the Green Bay Packers. And he famously said, “Football is not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” A half-century on, as Super Bowl 50 is about to be played, the human toll of those jarring collisions is attracting the scrutiny of players, doctors, fans and the NFL itself. But perhaps no one has looked more closely, more urgently, than Dr. Bennet Omalu.

CNN | Feb 3, 2016

One time Super Bowl MVP and Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who died in July, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, researchers at Boston University said Wednesday. Stabler died in July at age 69 from cancer, and had requested that his brain was removed during an autopsy and taken to researchers in Massachusetts.

MIT Technology Review | Feb 3, 2016

While many athletes who suffer concussions do not go on to develop CTE, every time it crops up in an autopsy it’s in someone who “had a history of repetitive hits to the head.” The issue now extends far beyond the NFL to children who play football, soccer, hockey, and other sports, especially because new research is revealing the pervasiveness of head injury in young athletes.

PBS Frontline | Feb 2, 2016

With Super Bowl 50 just days away, new data released by the NFL shows that progress in curbing the league’s most high-profile health challenge, the concussion crisis, took a step back in 2015.

National Journal | Feb 2, 2016

Facing increasing scrutiny in Washington over its handling of concussions and long-term brain injures in its players, the National Football League donated $507,211 to members of Congress in 2015, putting it on pace for its highest spending ever in a political cycle. The league’s political action committee, called the “Gridiron PAC,” is showering cash particularly on the members of a House panel investigating the causes, effects, and treatment of concussions.

Yale News | Feb 2, 2016

Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology.

NPR | Feb 1, 2016

The ABC News correspondent was almost killed in Iraq 10 years ago. His recovery and return to network journalism beat all the odds.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Jan 29, 2016

A team of DVBIC experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest. Listed here and categorized by topic are the titles and summaries of these top 10 concussion research articles of 2015.

Medium | Jan 29, 2016

A moving letter from Lee Woodruff to her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, ten years after a roadside bomb nearly killed him while reporting in Iraq.

The New York Times | Jan 28, 2016

Cut by the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion, Tyler Sash had returned to Iowa and increasingly displayed surprising and irregular behavior, family members said this week. Sash had bouts of confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper. Although an Iowa sports celebrity, both as a Super Bowl-winning member of the Giants and a popular star athlete at the University of Iowa, Sash was unable to seek meaningful employment because he had difficulty focusing long enough to finish a job.

UPI | Jan 28, 2016

Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died in September at age 27 from an accidental overdose of pain medication, had a high level of CTE. The New York Times reported Tuesday the findings from researchers at Boston University after Sash's family donated his brain to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

San Jose Mercury News | Jan 28, 2016

While there's growing awareness about the dangers of concussions in athletes or head injuries in war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of us are still unaware of the impact of these injuries, which can last for days -- or the rest of a person's life.

Phys.org | Jan 27, 2016

New research by Lawrence Livermore scientists shows how shock waves can damage membrane proteins in traumatic brain injury patients. Using molecular dynamics simulations researchers found that ion channels are resistant to damage by shock waves. But with the presence of bubbles, the damage from shock waves is magnified and can contribute to an electrolyte imbalance within cells that can lead to the initial symptoms of TBI, such as headaches and seizures.

Military Times | Jan 25, 2016

Healing from a concussion is mostly a natural process that occurs within your body and mind over time. Just like any other injury, the healthier you are and the better lifestyle you lead, the better off you will be. Also, understanding that full recovery from a concussion is the norm goes a long way in keeping anxiety and depression in check, which helps the healing process. In addition to giving yourself time, there are some other things you can do in the short-term to speed your recovery and reduce the negative long-term effects of a concussion.

The Oregonian | Jan 25, 2016

Brain-injury understanding and prevention have even bigger hurdles than NFL fandom, an organization's money-making desire or the tendency to blow off concussions: Brain injuries are invisible. That means they're easier to hide or deny and harder to detect or believe, which "Concussion," the recently-released movie about the prevalence of concussions among pro football players, points out and that my traumatically brain injured peers and I know.