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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.  

VICE Sports | Dec 21, 2015

Something was wrong with Zack. Something inside his head. No matter what he tried nothing worked. He became paranoid, increasingly irrational, yet was often lucid enough to know it. Maybe that was the hardest part. No one knew what was the problem.

Former Division II football player Zack Langston died at age 26 with CTE"¬, the same brain disease found in Junior Seau and the subject of the film "Concussion."

HealthDay | Dec 15, 2015

New research finds brain "scarring" in many members of the U.S. military who suffered concussions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "More than half of the military service members we studied have one or more lesions on the brain that can be thought of as scars in their brains," said study lead author Dr. Gerard Riedy, a radiologist specializing in the brain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Penn News | Dec 15, 2015

Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often. A brain protein called SNTF, which rises in the blood after some concussions, signals the type of brain damage that is thought to be the source of these cognitive impairments, according to a study led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. (UK) | Dec 15, 2015

Yoga and tea may not spring to mind as the most useful weapons. When it comes to the treatment of veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury ("ªTBI"¬), however, they can be incredibly helpful tools. The UK's first ever support group for people wounded in this way has now been set up to fill a gap in the support system for veterans wounded in this way.

Sports Illustrated | Dec 11, 2015

The Monday Morning Quarterback screened Will Smith’s upcoming drama Concussion with 70 former NFL players. For some, it was a panic-inducing horror flick. '“I know we were paid to hurt people,” says Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft. “We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.”'

The Hoya | Dec 8, 2015

In the last few years, there has been a considerable amount of research done on the seriousness of concussions in sports, particularly in football. The discovery of a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, found in many football players, has helped doctors develop a safer protocol for diagnosing and treating concussions. From professionals to amateurs, everyone is taking head injuries more seriously. Everyone except the athletes, that is.

The New York Times | Dec 7, 2015

The forensic pathologist who was the first to tie head trauma suffered by American football players to a neurological brain disorder says children should not be allowed to play high-impact sports until they are 18 years old and can make decisions about the risks for themselves. Dr. Bennet Omalu writes that young athletes -- not parents and coaches -- should be allowed to decide whether the risks are worth playing a sport. To accomplish that, athletes should have to wait until they reach the legal age of consent, usually 18, before being allowed to play high-impact sports.

Newswise | Dec 7, 2015

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair has initiated one of the nation’s first concussion registries for student athletes and others aimed at improving treatment for this all-too-common sports injury. The registry is designed to capture comprehensive, longitudinal data on individuals age 5 and over who have suffered sports-related concussion or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

Alzforum | Dec 7, 2015

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take different forms depending on the nature of the injury, the brain region affected, and how many hits to the head were involved. With such a heterogeneous condition, finding treatments is especially challenging. Nonetheless, several researchers have developed animal models to study these varied types of brain injury.

Military Times | Dec 7, 2015

Former President George W. Bush will host a symposium on traumatic brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions just before the Invictus Games sports competition scheduled for May in Orlando, Florida. Bush, who has spent much of his post-presidency work supporting injured veterans and their caregivers, announced that the George W. Bush Institute will team with Invictus Games chairman Ken Fisher to hold a policy forum focusing on brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions, with an emphasis on the role of sports and activity in recovery.

The New York Times | Dec 3, 2015

In some ways, Ryan Hoffman’s story is ordinary for a former football player these days. After his athletic career, his mental health deteriorated, and he encountered substance abuse and legal problems. Mounting scientific evidence suggests a link between repeated head trauma sustained by players in the inherently violent game and long-term cognitive impairment.

The Huffington Post | Dec 3, 2015

If there’s anyone you should listen to when it comes to CTE, it’s McKee. And in a recent conversation with Susan Lampert Smith of University of Wisconsin-Madison News, she uttered just over 100 words that every parent of a football player should read.

CNN | Dec 3, 2015

Beyond changes to the game, education is a critical tool for prevention of brain injuries in football.

NPR | Dec 3, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon and Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson discuss the late Frank Gifford, concussions and the debate over locker room interviews.

The Atlantic | Dec 2, 2015

How a puzzling autopsy report opened a new chapter in football history.

Nevada Public Radio | Dec 2, 2015

Have traumatic brain injuries become a public health crisis? Duke University neuropsychiatrist Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi says yes. Vaishnavi said the problem often isn't one minor brain injury, because the brain can generally recover from that, but multiple injuries can over time cause a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ("ªCTE"¬).

Yahoo! Health | Dec 2, 2015

Researchers have discovered that a neurodegenerative disease linked to pro football players is also showing up in men who played high school contact sports. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have discovered that about one-third of men who played contact sports and whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic brain bank had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated brain trauma.

Yahoo! Health | Dec 2, 2015

Frank Gifford, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and husband of TODAY host Kathie Lee Gifford, had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in his brain, according to news reports. Gifford had experienced symptoms of CTE before his death, and signs of the disease were also found in his brain, which was studied after he had died.