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The New York Times | Oct 26, 2015

The league is helping to finance research that is investigating whether therapy can speed athletes’ recoveries from concussions. The research will track about 1,000 American high school and college football players, Irish rugby players and Australian rules football players over an undetermined period. The study was one of three announced at the end of meetings among doctors representing the NFL., FIFA, the NCAA and several other sports organizations, as well as the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation.

Sports Illustrated | Oct 26, 2015

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly missed 34 days after suffering a head injury in Week 1 and returned four games later to lead the Panthers in tackles. The Carolina linebacker discusses the aftermath of concussion and the risks of playing.

The Guardian | Oct 26, 2015

Extreme sports perhaps wouldn’t be your first port of call when rehabilitating a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but then Sophie Charles isn’t the kind of person to let a little matter of height, exposure and intricate rope work dampen her enthusiasm for evangelizing the therapeutic benefits of rock climbing for anyone, especially those living with specific neurological challenges. Together with the Castle Climbing Centre in London she, an experienced rock-climbing instructor, has crafted a series of sessions aimed at anyone who struggles with the activities of daily living many of us take for granted.

WDAY News | Oct 26, 2015

A doctor who developed the first vision rehabilitation clinic in the U.S. Army is now helping Minnesotans with traumatic brain injuries. It's common for people with TBI to complain about vision and balance problems. A local woman is proof the right pair glasses can end years of suffering. Unfortunately, Liz Renner is a familiar face at the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Huffington Post | Oct 21, 2015

Anxiety is a seriously scary thing that you truly have no control over. I am surprised what sets it off, and of course, it happens when I am least expecting it. Other times, like when we got our first snowy-ice mixture the following winter, it makes sense to me.

Los Angeles Times | Oct 20, 2015

In recent years, medical science has uncovered the high risk and devastating effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, among U.S. combat soldiers and athletes, especially football and hockey players. What if a vastly greater population were also suffering these effects: women and children living with the consequences of domestic violence?

Deseret News | Oct 19, 2015

A massive study on traumatic brain injury rehabilitation involved more than 2,000 subjects at 10 rehab centers and created what is likely the richest database on such injuries ever assembled.

PsychCentral | Oct 19, 2015

People with a more severe kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving disputes or requiring discipline, according to new research. The study is among the first to assess how people with TBIs punish, a key indicator of how they will function in society, according to researchers.

The Ohio State University | Oct 19, 2015

Girls who suffer a concussive bump on the head in childhood could be at increased risk for abusing alcohol as adults, a new study suggests. The research in mice found that females with a mild closed-head brain injury were more likely to misuse alcohol later in life and associate drinking with reward and pleasure. This effect was not seen in males.

Yahoo! Sports | Oct 19, 2015

A 2009 email being used as evidence in a lawsuit from former players toward the NHL said that the league shouldn’t study the long-term impacts on retired players, leaving that to the NFL.

The Seattle Times | Oct 19, 2015

Following a cluster of terrible injuries on Washington state high-school football fields, the Seattle Times editorial board had a conversation with brain-injury experts and an NFL health and safety executive.

The Huffington Post | Oct 15, 2015

Former NFL lineman Adrian Robinson Jr.'s diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was confirmed through officials at a brain bank at Boston University on Wednesday. Scientists continue to debate the potential links among concussions, CTE and suicide. Concerns about repeated concussions have led to congressional hearings and new rules on when student and professional athletes can return to play.

TIME | Oct 15, 2015

“I don’t see how a reasonable person would argue that we should count pitches to protect the elbow, but not count hits to protect the brain.” TIME makes the case for why we need hit counts in football. Concussion Legacy FoundationExecutive Director Christopher Nowinski weighs in.

UCLA | Oct 6, 2015

UCLA neuroscientists report in a new study that a diet high in processed fructose interferes with the brain’s ability to heal. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury.

Futurity | Oct 5, 2015

A survey of US adults suggests the vast majority don’t know the definition of a concussion and many don’t know the injury is treatable. The national survey of 2,012 Americans age 18 and over was conducted online in April by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The survey results show that, despite a lack of knowledge and understanding, there is a high level of concern and even fear across the country.

MedScape | Oct 5, 2015

The attention and bright lights are new to Dr Omalu, who remembers a solitary Saturday alone in the Allegheny County medical examiner's office where his journey began. Fresh out of his fellowship training in neuropathology, Dr Omalu found himself looking down at the body of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster.

ScienceLine | Oct 5, 2015

“Your brain is not a beach ball. It does not bounce around inside your skull,” says Barclay Morrison, who instead compares the brain to Jell-O. A professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, Morrison wants to dispel the common misconception that during a car accident, the brain bangs about inside the skull. Instead, like gelatin in a bowl, brain cells warp as their container, the skull, is jostled, he says.

Stars and Stripes | Sep 29, 2015

Trevor Greene, a former Canadian soldier who suffered a brain injury during an attack in Afghanistan in 2006, walks with a robotic exoskeleton, Sept. 17, 2015, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. This is the first time exoskeleton technology, designed for those with spinal cord injuries, has been used for a person with a brain injury, said SFU professor Carolyn Sparrey.

PBS Frontline | Sep 22, 2015

A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury.

Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of NFL players that they’ve examined and in 79 percent of all football players. The disease is widely believed to stem from repetitive trauma to the head, and can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia. In total, the lab has found CTE in the brain tissue in 131 out of 165 individuals who, before their deaths, played football either professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school.

Entertainment Tonight | Sep 22, 2015

Tracy Morgan thanked the audience for “prayers” and “positive thoughts,” and offered details of his recovery. Just as it seemed he might be losing strength — his speech was somewhat halting — he cracked a joke.

The Huffington Post | Sep 22, 2015

Being a veteran advocate is my full-time job. It's the kind of job that you take with you on vacation, into the shower, to bed at night.  I often feel frustrated in my work. But once again I'm feeling optimistic and energized. Recently I've had the opportunity to be in dialogue about modes of treatment for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury with two outstanding veteran advocates.

Eureka | Sep 16, 2015

"TBI is a large problem for our military service members and their families," said Dr. Gerard Riedy, M.D., Ph.D., chief of neuroimaging at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "We found that many of those who have served and suffered this type of injury were not imaged until many, many months after injury occurred thus resulting in lower rates of cerebral microhemorrhage detection which delays treatment."

Business 2 Community | Sep 16, 2015

It seems that the numbers are reflecting the raised awareness of the concussion crisis that is slowly permeating all rungs of the football community. The number of concussions in each age group has slowly decreased in the last year or so, which could be related to declining youth involvement in football. In fact, Pop Warner saw a participation drop of 9.5 percent between 2010-2012, citing concerns about head injuries as “the No. 1 cause.” | Sep 16, 2015

There's a system of joint trauma care now from the battlefield all the way to Walter Reed or Brooke Army Medical Center, he explained. That same type of system is needed for traumatic brain injury, says Gen. Brian C. Lein, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The Washington Post | Sep 16, 2015

Like all contact sports, hockey is inherently dangerous. But now the NHL wants to make it safer by introducing independent “concussion spotters” at all its games this season. The new personnel will be present at all 30 NHL arenas.