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MedScape | Jun 10, 2015

Recovery from a concussion might take much longer than the previously established 7 to 14 days, a new study shows. "More and more people are starting to realize that you need to take a comprehensive approach so that you don't send a kid back who might be recovered on one measure but not another," said Anthony Kontos, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh.  In fact, in the study conducted by Dr Kontos and his colleagues, athletes took 3 to 4 weeks to recover, and women took longer than men.

New York Times | Jun 10, 2015

A proposed settlement in a class-action concussion lawsuit against the NCAA may have been dealt a blow on Tuesday when the lead plaintiff in the case said he opposed the deal. In a statement released through the National College Players Association, an advocacy group for college athletes, the plaintiff, Adrian Arrington, called the settlement “completely unacceptable” and said that his lawyers agreed to the deal without his knowledge.

Task & Purpose | Jun 9, 2015

Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) and its causes, symptoms, and treatment are often misunderstood, and this misunderstanding can lead to a mistreatment of the individuals with TBI and a mishandling of the issues surrounding TBI. Several myths about TBI appear to contribute to this misunderstanding.

SB Nation | Jun 9, 2015

The effects of concussions destroy lives and go well beyond the actual incident and ostensible recovery. Six former NFL players are living with Lou Gehrig's disease, nine have committed suicide since 2010, and a spate of deceased players' brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopahty (CTE). This week, 25-year-old 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis joined former teammate Chris Borland in a premature retirement from the NFL. Both cited neurological health as a driving factor in their decisions. Will this become a trend?

University Herald | Jun 9, 2015

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago found that children with TBI were more likely to experience greater daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances and a poorer overall sleep quality. "We were surprised that children with a TBI experienced persistent increases in daytime sleepiness and decreases in sleep quality compared to healthy children," Kimberly Allen, principal investigator of the study and assistant professor at the Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research,  said in a statement.

University Herald | Jun 8, 2015

New research suggests that a good night's sleep helps to overcome memory deficits and other cognitive problems in concussion patients. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that found that individuals who had sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) more than a year earlier had greater recall in a word memorization task after they had slept than when tested after an equal period awake.

Star Tribune | Jun 8, 2015

There has been a growing focus on concussion prevention in hard-hitting youth sports. But little attention has gone to soccer, where headers, and the acrobatics and resulting collisions that often come with them, are a leading cause of concussions, said Dr. Robert Cantu, professor of neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012 showed that football had the greatest incidence of concussions among high school athletes. Girls' soccer was second. "If it weren't for headers, soccer wouldn't be in the high-risk group for head injury, and it is, surprisingly. Many people don't realize that," Cantu said. "Girls are particularly prone to concussions compared to guys."

San Francisco Chronicle | Jun 8, 2015

Starting right tackle Anthony Davis of the 49ers, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 draft, announced Friday that he is leaving the NFL after just five seasons. The 49ers said Davis will retire, but Davis, 25, said he plans to take “a year or so away from the NFL” to allow his body to recover from the rigors of his career. “This will be a time for me to allow my brain and body a chance to heal,” Davis said in a statement. “I know many won’t understand my decision. That’s OK.”

The Courier-Journal | Jun 8, 2015

Although none of them are old enough to drive, a team of Mt. Washington homeschool students have created a smartphone app to help patients relearn to drive after suffering traumatic brain injuries. After about 10 months of work, the team's project brought home a first place research award at last month's First Lego League Razorback Invitational in Arkansas, an international competition that pitted the team against 72 other groups from as far away as Japan and Australia.

Healthline News | Jun 5, 2015

Previously, the decision to give a player a clean bill to return to the game was made with a stringent checklist. Now, experts allow the concussion to run its course so the severity can be determined when symptoms subside. "The key is to take it on a case-by-case basis. Each concussion is different," says Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and member of the California State Athletic Commission. "We always say if you've seen one concussion, you've seen one concussion."

WTOP | Jun 5, 2015

"At times, I couldn't even name my five children in less than three or four minutes...I was about to lose my house, my job, custodianship of my children and probably become a ward of the state. But I got lucky." The "luck" Elliott referred to was a search he did for "brain plasticity," a decision that changed his life. Brain plasticity uses retinal inputs to modify the brain. The idea is that with the right therapy, the good, healthy parts of the brain can take over the functions of the parts that have been damaged by trauma.

Winston-Salem Journal | Jun 5, 2015

Andrew Ciaccia doesn't remember many details about his second concussion, in February 2014, but he does remember being pulled off the field after taking a vicious blindside hit. After being evaluated by a trainer, who forbade him to re-enter the game, Ciaccia headed to the hospital for further treatment. In the next few weeks, doctors advised him that it would be best to walk away from the sport. It wasn't the news that Ciaccia wanted to hear, but looking back, it's news that he's thankful he received.

The National Law Review | Jun 4, 2015

Despite study after study demonstrating long term effects from mild traumatic brain injury (concussions), it is astounding that defense courtroom doctors still maintain that there are no permanent residuals from mild traumatic brain injury. A new study, Imaging Correlates of Memory and Concussion History in Retired National Football League Athletes, published in JAMA Neurology once again debunks this myth that everyone gets better:

News Everyday | Jun 4, 2015

A group of researchers have conducted a study on the conditions of the American soldiers who were exposed to bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Benjamin Trotter, lead author of the study, said "Generally as we age, the connections in the brain starts to deteriorate. But with those people with blast exposure it appears as though it's happening faster". These statements were backed by intense research, and the article was published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology.

Salina Journal | Jun 4, 2015

Dr. Cindy LaRoe dabs her paintbrush into a gray tube of paint and spreads it along the canvas in the living room of her Eustis, Fla., home. LaRoe remembers only flashes from the accident. She didn’t know she had a brain injury until two weeks after the accident. “I called Ken and told him he needed to come home now because I couldn’t read the newspaper,” she said. “The next morning we went to a doctor.”

My News LA | Jun 3, 2015

Wounded Warrior Project approved a $15.7 million grant over three years to fund a UCLA Health treatment program for service members suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

NBC News | Jun 2, 2015

"I have my good days and my bad days when I forget things," he told Today's Matt Lauer. "There are times when I have the headaches and the nose bleeds."  In the end, Morgan's ability to come back from his brain injury will most likely determine whether he can return to his old life and take up comedy again.  Morgan is one of 275,000 Americans who suffer a brain injury each year that is severe enough to require hospitalization.

The Huffington Post | Jun 2, 2015

Soldiers returning from war and athletes are regularly diagnosed with TBI and many subsequently receive support and services for the condition. But domestic violence survivors have been largely left out of the picture. On Tuesday, the Sojourner Center, along with TBI experts at local hospitals and medical institutions, is launching an ambitious program dedicated to the study of TBI in women and children living with domestic violence.

USA Today | Jun 2, 2015

Using sensors inside of helmets or in mouthguards, this technology sends data to a mobile device used by trainers and physicians on the sideline. It does not diagnose concussions. What is does however, it tells how hard a player got hit and where on the head they took that hit, which can be very helpful as we go through regular concussion protocols.

The Huffington Post | Jun 1, 2015

Getting lost and/or confused is my "new normal." Fortunately, I no longer burst into tears and crawl into bed for three days after an instance such as this. I have learned to understand my limits and that this kind of thing is going to disrupt my daily life from here on out. It's just the way that it is, for now.

USA Today | Jun 1, 2015

The VA in Boston has a research program called Tracts where they have gathered together hundreds of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to research on the effects of things such post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The Hill | Jun 1, 2015

On military bases around the country special TBI-PTS “Intrepid Spirit Centers” (ISCs) are achieving up to 92 percent success rates in returning soldiers, sailors, air personnel and Marines to their careers, their families, their communities and the extreme demands of combat. Treatment at these centers is estimated to be six to eight years ahead of any other facility in the world. 

Smithsonian Magazine | May 28, 2015

We all know concussions are a bad thing, but have you ever wondered exactly what happens to your brain when it gets knocked around? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze takes a few whacks to the head in the name of science. (Disclaimer: No brains were harmed during the making of this video.)

ABC News | May 28, 2015

NFL hall of Famer Joe Namath weighing in on the crisis of brain injuries for former football players. He helped open a neurological research center and now claims an experiment treatment is helping to improve his memory.

Lexology | May 28, 2015

Following a brain injury, it is not unusual for an individual to suffer either a reduced sense of taste and smell, or lose these senses all together. The loss of taste, known as ‘ageusia’, is rare and most people who think they have lost their sense of taste have actually lost their sense of smell. The loss of the ability to smell is called ‘anosmia’, and this injury can be full or partial. Anosmia affects around 30% of all those individuals suffering from a traumatic brain injury.