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DoD Live | Aug 3, 2015

The US Department of Defense may soon start using smartphone-based diagnosis tools to detect traumatic brain injuries in soldiers on the battlefield. According to this post on the “Armed with Science” blog, the DoD is working with Bethesda, Maryland-based Brainscope to put its FDA-cleared Ahead 200 device into action.

TSN | Aug 3, 2015

The NHL has argued interested players could have read medical research and news reports on their own and put “two and two together” about the dangers of repeated head hits and concussions. In an order released late Friday, U.S. Federal Court judge Susan Nelson agreed to some but not all of the requests for discovery filed by the former NHL players’ lawyers.

ABC News | Jul 31, 2015

Kennedy is a camper at Camp To Be Independent or “Camp TBI,” a week-long program for kids with traumatic brain injuries, including cerebral palsy. It’s a life-changing week for Kennedy, who has known for most of her life that she’s different. While at Camp TBI, she is surrounded by others who know exactly how lonely that can feel.

Sports Illustrated | Jul 31, 2015

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will give a legal deposition Friday morning in a class-action concussion lawsuit against the league, reports’s Katie Strang. Judge Susan Nelson ruled in May that Bettman possessed “unique or special knowledge relevant” to the lawsuit and that the plaintiffs will have an opportunity to first depose other witnesses. According to the report, Bettman is set to give his testimony at 10 a.m. ET in front of Nelson in New York City.

Science Daily | Jul 31, 2015

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings, published July 10 in the Journal of Neurotrauma, could help identify patients who might benefit from extra therapy or experimental treatments.

San Jose Mercury News | Jul 27, 2015

New research suggests brain injury may be a hidden reason why many of the chronically homeless keep returning to the streets despite programs to help them find housing and kick their addictions.

The Washington Post | Jul 24, 2015

Scientific publishing watchdog Retraction Watch reports that Joseph Maroon, a neuroscientist and surgeon who penned a PLOS ONE study doubting the evidence for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, failed to disclose that he "has been the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1981 and the medical director for World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation since 2008 for the management of spine and brain-related injury," according to the correction issued by the journal. Maroon also developed a system for testing concussions called ImPACT, which he sells to NFL teams.

Michigan Live | Jul 24, 2015

Lori, 53, and Dale, 60, suffered serious brain injuries in separate car accidents decades ago. Lori's car was hit by a train in 1980, when she was a senior in high school. Dale was in a car accident in 1975, when he was 20. They met through Hope Network's brain injury program and began going to dinner once a week, accompanied by a recreational therapist. Their wedding is the first between clients in the agency's brain injury program.

USAFA | Jul 24, 2015

All Air Force Academy cadets are taking part in a three-year, $30M collaboration between the Defense Department and the NCAA to study concussions. The study coincides with the White House Summit on sports concussions, a presidential commission created in May 2014 to encourage the identification, treatment and prevention of serious head injuries.

National Review | Jul 23, 2015

The hope is real at three dedicated clinical facilities attached to military bases in northern Virginia (Fort Belvoir), southern Kentucky (Fort Campbell) and North Carolina (Camp Lejeune), and the NICoE research and treatment facility on the campus of Walter Reed National Medical Center, just outside the nation’s capital. These facilities are estimated to be six to eight years ahead of any other brain-treatment centers in the world.

Medical Xpress | Jul 23, 2015

Significant research has been conducted to understand the brain mechanisms underlying PTSD and TBI, but there has still been a lack of knowledge regarding exactly which brain networks are disturbed in these disorders. To fill this gap, Dr. Jeffrey Spielberg and his colleagues at the VA Boston Healthcare System examined brain networks in veterans with trauma exposure using functional magnetic resonance imaging and graph theory tools.

The Times-Picayune | Jul 23, 2015

Leonard Marshall brought his message on one of football's major issues back to his Louisiana roots Wednesday. The former LSU, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion defensive lineman addressed LHSAA football coaches on the dangers of concussions, as well as stressing the particular importance of related safety precautions for young athletes.

Herald-Tribune | Jul 22, 2015

A growing industry has developed around concussions, with entrepreneurs, academic institutions and doctors scrambling to find ways to prevent, detect and treat head injuries. Over the past decade, the Defense Department has spent more than $800 million on brain injury research, with organizations and companies like the National Football League and General Electric spending tens of millions more. And as people become more aware of the debilitating long-term consequences of repeated concussions, businesses have been chasing salable solutions.

MIT Technology Review | Jul 22, 2015

An experimental treatment helps restore normal brain structure and function in mice that have sustained severe concussions, and could lead to a drug that would do the same in humans, according to new research.

Health Canal | Jul 22, 2015

Researchers have shown that the levels of two proteins present in blood and cerebrospinal fluid increase significantly at different time points following traumatic brain injury (TBI), confirming their potential value as biomarkers of trauma-related brain damage.

BBC News | Jul 21, 2015

Snowboarding teacher Charlie Elmore had an accident on the slopes four years ago in which she sustained a traumatic brain injury. Charlie is now back on her feet and meeting others who’ve been through similar traumas, such as Callum, who survived an awful car crash, and Hannah who collapsed and hit her head on the pavement one day, and has had to learn to walk and talk again.

Stanford News | Jul 21, 2015

Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo's lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don't account for these movements.

ALS News Today | Jul 21, 2015

In a new study researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center report that a one-time traumatic injury to the brain is not an accelerating factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression.

Medical Daily | Jul 20, 2015

Could a traumatic brain injury lead to criminal behavior? A modest increase in the risk of offending, including violent offending, follows a hospital-documented TBI, an Australian research group finds.

Sports Illustrated | Jul 20, 2015

A concussion lawsuit that was brought against FIFA by soccer players and parents has been dismissed by a U.S. judge. The lawsuit had sought to force rule changes, including modified substitution protocols and limits on headers for younger players. It alleged that FIFA acted “carelessly and negligently” in its role as soccer's governing body. Chief judge Phyllis Hamilton found that FIFA is not responsible for soccer played throughout the U.S. and said the plaintiffs could not change FIFA's "laws of the game" through the court system.

Healthline News | Jul 16, 2015

Scientists have discovered the causal link between traumatic brain injury and the later development of Alzheimer’s disease. They’ve also developed a new antibody to block this process. | Jul 16, 2015

Six things people who live with invisible disabilities want people to know about what their experience is like — and, most importantly, how others can best understand and support them.

ESPN | Jul 15, 2015

In 2012, Joe Namath began an experimental hyperbaric oxygen treatment from two doctors at Jupiter Medical Center. Neither of them was a neurological specialist, but after 120 trips into Jupiter's oxygen chambers, Namath perceived extraordinary improvement in his brain function. And ever since, he's been telling the world -- friends, teammates, reporters -- about the benefits of his therapy.

NPR | Jul 15, 2015

Heading the ball in soccer has been accused of causing most concussions. But the hazard may be more due to rough play than to one particular technique, researchers say.

Healthline News | Jul 14, 2015

PTSD and TBI have many overlapping symptoms. Now, a brain study of 20,000 people has found how to tell the two conditions apart.