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Science Daily | Sep 11, 2019

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have announced a significant advance in our understanding of mild head trauma (concussive brain injury) and how it may be managed and treated in the future. It seems that repetitive impacts — as opposed to single events — cause the all-important damage to blood vessels in the brain.

The New York Times | Sep 11, 2019

9/11 has left behind many victims who are suffering from PTSD. “PTSD doesn’t have a time limit,” said Dr. Jacqueline M. Moline. “People can develop PTSD related to an event years later.” Even now, some survivors replay the disaster in their minds. They have nightmares about it. They jump when they hear loud noises. They avoid anything that reminds them of that day.

Science Friday | Sep 9, 2019

Researchers have long known about the connection between concussions sustained on the football field and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a neurodegenerative illness caused by repeated head injuries. 

But another group of researchers wondered—what about the hits that don’t result in a concussion? They found that even when a player didn’t show outward signs of having a concussion, their brains were showing symptoms of injury.

NPR | Sep 6, 2019

As research into head injuries expands to include women's soccer, some of the sport's former stars are calling attention to the health fallout from heading the ball multiple times.

U.S. News and World Report | Sep 6, 2019

Former NFL star Tedy Bruschi spent the last 14 years showing what a stroke survivor could do: continue playing pro football, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run the Boston Marathon.

Now Bruschi is showing what a two-time stroke survivor can do.

The Washington Post | Sep 3, 2019

For nearly a decade, Ryan Diviney existed in a vegetative state, a beating heart inside a paralyzed body, the result of being kicked in the head during a catastrophic beating that altered the course of his young life and the lives of those who loved him.

The New York Times | Aug 30, 2019

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD or another mental illness, here are some real-world tips to help you stay happy and healthy at work.

The Washington Post | Aug 28, 2019

New Jersey has implemented a sweeping new rule restricting full contact football drills to 15 minutes. While praised by some, others have voiced displeasure, wondering how younger and inexperienced players will learn how to tackle effectively.

The New York Times | Aug 27, 2019

Similar to the way the National Football League is addressing brain injuries among its players by testing their neuropsychological health at the beginning and end of each season, the Pentagon has in recent years ordered all service members to complete cognitive evaluations before combat deployments, as well as after any blast injuries — such as from an enemy improvised bomb explosion. 

The New York Times | Aug 26, 2019

Generations of politicians have assumed that openly acknowledging a psychiatric disorder would be disastrous. Jason Kander is testing that assumption.

In a strikingly candid public letter, Mr. Kander announced last October that he was dropping out of the race because of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder from his military service, saying it had become too much for him to bear.

Forbes | Aug 26, 2019

"The Lancet Neurology published a new study concluding that a handheld portable device and blood test could help detect real-time brain injuries, even if a CT scan does not. ...Using only a few drops of blood, assessment of the brain could literally, change lives in a matter of minutes." 

The Los Angeles Times | Aug 22, 2019

Omar Salgado was in a car accident. His liver was slashed. His spine, ribs and a hip were broken. He had something called “a diffuse axonal shear” injury to his brain — the kind of injury that usually puts people into a vegetative state. Salgado woke on Jan. 18, 2016, about three months after his accident, and one day after he turned 22. 

Martin Monti and his co-researcher, Caroline Schnakers are hoping to offer a new therapy to patients like Omar, whose consciousness becomes established. They are partnering on a research project that uses an ultrasound device the size of a hockey puck to shake neurons in the brain back into action.

The Washington Post | Aug 20, 2019

Brittni Souder suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing soccer — part of a growing and perplexing challenge that some of the sport’s leaders and medical officials view as a crisis. Now she is helping young players avoid the same injuries she is still coping with today. 

USA Today | Aug 16, 2019

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help.

Science Magazine | Aug 8, 2019

 A new study shows playing just one season of college football can harm a player’s brain, even if they don’t receive a concussion.

EurekAlert! | Aug 7, 2019

For 8-million adults who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in any given year, medication and cognitive therapy have been the treatment protocol. Now, University of Houston assistant professor of electrical engineering Rose T. Faghih is reporting in Frontiers in Neuroscience that a closed-loop brain stimulator, based on sweat response, can be developed not only for PTSD patients, but also for those who suffer an array of neuropsychiatric disorders.

The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2019

New Mexico state health officials are seeking to shore up and standardize safeguards against brain injuries in youth sports beyond schools in non-scholastic athletic leagues and clubs.

The Mighty | Aug 5, 2019

I get it — my forgetting is annoying. My fiancé could not understand why I can remember some things, but forget we made plans six hours ago. It’s a fair question. I thought about it and here’s what I came up with:

CNN | Jul 29, 2019

Traumatic brain injuries among children and teens in the United States are most often associated with everyday consumer products and activities, such as home furnishings and fixtures or sports, according to a new study.

Forbes | Jul 29, 2019

In English (but also in other languages, like Italian) there’s an impressive number of ways to pejoratively define someone suffering from a mental disorder or places and situations related to mental illness: crazy, lunatic, psycho, nut-job, whacko, freak, basket case, loony bin, bughouse. And the list goes on.

Unfortunately, those words are often used as an insult against someone we disagree with.

The New York Times | Jul 26, 2019

Catchers are vulnerable to head trauma from balls glancing off hitters’ bats and into their masks, but, unlike in other sports, they must leave the game for good or deal with the effects.

EurekAlert! | Jul 25, 2019

Simple (non-invasive) tests based on physical signs are not sufficiently sensitive to detect increased intracranial pressure (ICP), a life-threatening build-up of pressure around the brain due to a head injury or illness, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

Bustle | Jul 22, 2019

Neurologists explain to Bustle that PTSD actually has a complicated relationship with the brain — and that while there are clearly many ways in which PTSD changes neurobiology, there are a huge amount of unanswered questions about what PTSD looks like in the brain and why.

Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jul 22, 2019

A caregiver could be a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or someone else entirely. What makes a caregiver special is their innate ability to see PTSD symptoms as symptoms instead of writing the behaviors off as bad character. But, of course, the symptoms of PTSD can take a huge toll on the veteran and the caregiver. So when a caregiver reaches out for help, or to vent — do not say these things.