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Scientific America | Jan 19, 2016

In a study of U.S. veterans after hazardous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers found that the higher the exposure to blasts, the lower the activity in a brain region called the cerebellum. Damage to the filter that protects the brain from toxins may partly explain why explosions have been leaving soldiers with lasting brain injuries, the researchers said.

CNN | Jan 19, 2016

It's one of those early stage animal studies that's just too cool not to talk about. Researchers have implanted chips holding tiny electronic sensors and wires in the brains of rats that will melt away once they are no longer needed. The implant in the study was placed under the skin but on top of the rat's skull. Information on temperature and intracranial pressure was fed wirelessly to computers, and accurately matched the readings on conventional monitors.

The Huffington Post | Jan 19, 2016

In a society where the result of a severe bump on the head is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood, the word "concussion" should NOT be taken lightly. Every concussion is a traumatic brain injury and needs to be taken seriously. The stigma of a concussion in our society is that it is "no big deal." We watch professional athletes get back in the game after taking a major blow to the head, and we expect the same of our youth.

NBC News Fort Worth | Jan 15, 2016

Olympic hopeful, 23-year-old Jonathan Swiatocha, has been sharing his story with audiences for many years, but Thursday night was his first time to give a TED Talk. Jonathan talked about overcoming a traumatic brain injury after he and his family were hit by an underage drunk driver in 2002.

The Huffington Post | Jan 15, 2016

The first step is to educate ourselves on concussions, not just in professional athletes, but in our every day lives. What are the symptoms? What does it feel like? What are the long-term implications? How do they heal? Since the majority of us are not medical doctors, the science may be difficult to comprehend. That does not preclude us from learning more. | Jan 13, 2016

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston fills an important gap in understanding the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. | Jan 13, 2016

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald plans to visit the VA Regional Medical Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood to highlight the agency's mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury research. The VA Medical Center in Boston is one of four National Centers for Excellence for PTSD.


Gwinnett Daily Post | Jan 13, 2016

Thirty-two students from various high schools in Gwinnett went through a head trauma and traumatic brain injury experience Monday at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The students, who are a part of the Gwinnett Medical Center Medical Explorer program, studied both issues as they related to a case study involving a high school football player who took a hard hit.

Scout Warrior | Jan 13, 2016

The Army Research Laboratory is preparing to engineer prototypes of a cutting-edge tethering technology designed to massively reduce the damage caused by a head-to-ground impact from a football helmet or solider helmet crashing in combat, service officials told Scout Warrior. The technology uses a hardening, yet elastic-like material to both allow for mobility and protect the head and neck upon impact with the ground, developers explained.

The New York Times | Jan 8, 2016

Interviews reveal the events in the 60 minutes after a 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden that left Magomed Abdusalamov with severe brain damage.

American Academy of Pediatrics News | Jan 8, 2016

Concussion rates in youth hockey are higher during games than practices and for younger adolescents than older teens, a new study found. In addition, the overall rates are in line with other youth collision sports, according to the report “Incidence of Concussion in Youth Ice Hockey Players.”

The Washington Post | Jan 8, 2016

Sean McDonnell, coach of the University of New Hampshire’s football team, thought Erik Swartz, a University of New Hampshire professor of kinesiology, was crazy at first. But the two struck a fast rapport. Swartz had spent years on the sidelines of football games as an athletic trainer. He understood the sport inside and out. And he said he had an idea that could make players safer and perhaps save a game that, besieged by research linking brain damage and concussions, has reached its most perilous moment in decades: remove players' greatest protection.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jan 8, 2016

The relationship between developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and playing football remains unclear. The link between the number of concussions a person sustains and the risk of developing CTE is also uncertain.

NPR | Jan 6, 2016

Researchers estimate there could be more than 200,000 subdural hematoma injuries diagnosed annually at hospitals across the country. They say an unknown additional number of subdural hematomas are misdiagnosed, or simply missed: Half the patients studied have trouble remembering they hit their heads at all.

EurekAlert | Jan 6, 2016

The Brain Injury Association of America has release a military focused issue of the The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Available in print and online, the issue presents 13 original research studies on TBI in the military, including a special focus on how TBI affects quality of life.

Los Angeles Times | Jan 5, 2016

esearchers have found the hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy throughout the brain of a 25-year-old former college football player who sustained more than 10 concussions during about 16 years on the gridiron. The unnamed athlete, described in a report published Monday by the journal JAMA Neurology, is the youngest patient to get a definitive diagnosis of widespread CTE.

University of Denver Magazine | Jan 5, 2016

University of Denver students interviewed 80 inmates during the summers of 2013 and 2014, they expected they’d find above-average prevalence of brain trauma among prisoners. When they saw the actual numbers, however, even they were stunned: 96 percent had a TBI.

NPR | Jan 4, 2016

NPR's Rachel Martin revisits several perspectives on brain injury and the role it's played in football. Is the game worth the risk of brain injury?

The New Yorker | Jan 4, 2016

The vast majority of domestic-violence victims who show signs of traumatic brain injury never receive a formal diagnosis. | Jan 4, 2016

Johns Hopkins University researchers conducted in-depth interviews in 2013 and 2014 with combat veterans and their family members, and a model emerged: Veterans too often played down their wounds but became detached from friends and family. Many denied their downward spiral until a "wake-up call" forced them to seek help.

ESPN | Dec 22, 2015

The NFL, which spent years criticizing researchers who warned about the dangers of football-related head trauma, has backed out of one of the most ambitious studies yet on the relationship between football and brain disease. The study was to be funded from a $30 million grant the NFL gave the NIH, but the league balked after the project was awarded to a group led by a researcher who has been critical of the NFL.

The New York Times | Dec 22, 2015

"What I would love to see is parents taking as much time to investigate their child’s coach, the league that they’re putting their child into and the officials officiating the game as they do a day care center when their child is young. They don’t have trouble challenging a teacher, even a pediatrician. But somehow they have trouble challenging a sports league,” says Dawn Comstock, an epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health.

The Denver Post | Dec 22, 2015

On Dec. 11, Deb Ploetz took the phone call from doctors and an administrator at the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University. She was told that an autopsy of her husband's brain had determined that Greg Ploetz suffered from Stage 4 of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).That's the most severe, most advanced stage, considered to cause full-blown dementia. CTE is believed to be caused by repeated head trauma and because Ploetz played football since he was 10 years old, doctors told Deb they were confident the sport caused his brain injuries.

U.S. News & World Report | Dec 22, 2015

While celebrating these holidays, let us remember the caregivers who care for our loved ones. Exhausted family and professional caregivers dig even deeper to give more than their all when they know they are appreciated. In fact, we all do. So let's not forget those who need care, too.

Bethesda Magazine | Dec 21, 2015

Walt Whitman High School announced Friday that the school is partnering with a Bethesda neuro-technology firm to conduct a research study that’s designed to improve the recognition and diagnosis of sports-related concussions among student-athletes. Whitman is the first high school in state to be chosen to participate in the research study, according to BrainScope Chief Executive Officer Michael Singer.