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The New York Times | Oct 2, 2017
Yale researchers calculated that if contact sports could be made noncontact — like flag football, for example — there would be 49,600 fewer injuries among male college athletes per year and 601,900 fewer among male high school athletes. The savings could be as much as $1.5 billion per year for colleges and $19.2 billion per year for high schools. And that takes into account only the immediate consequences of an injury.
NPR | Sep 29, 2017
A new analysis of data confirms what many doctors fear — that concussions start showing up at a high rate in teens who are active in contact sports. About 20 percent of teens said they have been diagnosed with at least one concussion. And nearly 6 percent said they've been diagnosed with more than one, according to a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Popular Science | Sep 29, 2017
We always think of football when we think concussions, but athletes in plenty of other sports—from soccer to hockey—get regular head injuries. A recent report found that about 20 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have had at least one concussion.
Esquire | Sep 29, 2017
How much have former youth football players experienced the effects of CTE? A new study from a team of neuroscientists at Boston University adds to the growing collection of research about the dangers of football. The results suggest children who play tackle football before the age of 12 are at more risk for significant brain issues as they grow older.
The New York Times | Sep 25, 2017
Aaron Hernandez brain damage was so severe that scientists all but gasped. The sheer extent of the damage inverts the usual question about violence and so-called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. If accumulated head trauma can cause such damage, might the injuries in turn lead to murder and suicide? The links between biology and behavior are complex, and a number of factors contribute to violence. Yet evidence is mounting that CTE may be involved.
GoUpstate News (SC) | Sep 25, 2017
A tool to help measure concussion patients’ responses in driving situations is helping to generate data that determines when it’s safe for those patients to get back behind the wheel.
Futurity | Sep 25, 2017
A new study shows that the presence of ApoE4 exacerbates brain damage related to the Alzheimer’s protein tau. “Once tau accumulates, the brain degenerates,” says senior author David Holtzman, a professor and head of the neurology department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “What we found was that when ApoE is there, it amplifies the toxic function of tau, which means that if we can reduce ApoE levels we may be able to stop the disease process.”
The New York Times | Sep 22, 2017
The brain scan came as a surprise even to researchers who for years have been studying the relationship between brain disease and deaths of professional football players. Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s. It was, a lawyer for his family said, in announcing the findings on Thursday, “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age.”
Reuters | Sep 22, 2017
our in five military service members who suffer brain injuries may be able to return to military or civilian work after they get treatment at inpatient rehabilitation facilities, a UK study suggests. Almost one-third of these service members can return to a full-time military job after intensive rehab, the study also found. The results suggest that the costs of treatment in residential rehabilitation programs can pay off in the long run, said Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Markus Besemann, a chief of rehabilitation medicine for the Canadian Forces Health Services and a lecturer at the University of Ottawa.
Pennsylvania Real-Time News | Sep 22, 2017
A high school football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he continued to practice after suffering a concussion can't sue his coach or school district, a federal appeals court panel has ruled. The simple fact is that no legal precedent was in place to hold the coach or the school liable when Sheldon Mann suffered his injury in November 2011, Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie wrote in the opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Quarts Media | Sep 22, 2017
This fall, some of the most elite football players in the NFL and on college teams around the country have taken the field wearing a new kind of helmet. The Vicis Zero1 helmet looks almost identical to the standard football helmet, but it has a soft shell that crumples on contact—similar to an automobile bumper—reducing impact against the brain
Futurity | Sep 21, 2017
New research challenges the prevailing scientific assumption that, during recovery from head trauma, excessive neurogenesis (birth of new brain cells) is advantageous. The excessive burst of new brain cells after a TBI that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new study out of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
The Atlantic | Sep 21, 2017
A new technique could revolutionize how a neurodegenerative disease afflicting contact sports is treated. Sam Gandy, a neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, was studying the brains of retired soldiers and football players, looking for signs of trouble like this. The scan that stood out was of a retired NFL player - the red areas of the scan closely corresponded to the damage that scientists see of the disease in autopsied brains.
Consumer Reports | Sep 21, 2017
Most children who experience a blow to the head that leads to concussion recover well, within a week to two, says Robert Cantu, M.D., clinical professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University Medical School and co-founder of its CTE Center. But what's the appropriate concussion treatment? Here's what experts advise if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports such as tackle football, soccer, or hockey.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs | Sep 21, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The release is part of VA’s comprehensive examination of more than 55 million records, from 1979 to 2014, which will be used to develop and evaluate suicide prevention programs across every state. The new data include Veteran suicide rates and overall suicide rates by state, age group, and gender and list the most common suicide methods.
Fox 9 News (MN) | Sep 21, 2017
This weekend, hundreds of Minnesotans in the middle of their own recoveries are banding together to support one another and raise awareness at the Walk for Thought. Not only does the walk celebrate people’s journeys in recovery, but it also brings important awareness of how brain injuries can alter lives.
Yahoo! Sports | Sep 20, 2017
My name is Peter Cummings. I am a forensic pathologist and a neuropathologist, which means I study brain trauma for a living. I am also a football coach and I let my 11-year-old son play football. I may be the only neuropathologist on Earth who lets his kid play football.
WBUR | Sep 20, 2017
Kids who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 are at much higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional troubles as adults, according to a new study out of Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.
The New York Times | Sep 19, 2017
Athletes who began playing tackle football before the age of 12 had more behavioral and cognitive problems later in life than those who started playing after they turned 12, a new study released on Tuesday showed. The findings, from a long-term study conducted by researchers at Boston University, are likely to add to the debate over when, or even if, children should be allowed to begin playing tackle football.
The Washington Post | Sep 11, 2017
Improvements in treating moderate to severe traumatic brain injury have come primarily because doctors now take a far more holistic view of the brain and surrounding organs during the acute phase of care. They carefully manage blood pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and focus on nutrition to help support healing. Yet increased survival offers no guarantees about recovery, as Ryan Brown and his wife, Jessica, have learned.
Inside Sources | Sep 11, 2017
Top current and former officials in the U.S. Military are raising the alarm over the disturbing combination of high rates of Traumatic Brain Injury in the armed forces and a lack of public policy solutions to adequately address the problem. Researchers are only now getting their arms around the magnitude of the class of injuries that are difficult to treat and have affected an estimated 400,000 service members since the September 11th attacks in 2001.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Sep 11, 2017
As football season kicks into high gear, players and fans will be counting yards, touchdowns, wins and losses. But beneath the thrill of the sport looms a more chilling statistic. New findins on the game’s potential to cause brain damage has some questioning their fondness for football.
TODAY | Sep 11, 2017
It's been a long medical journey that began in January 2016, when Becker was skiing with his family in Wisconsin. As he and his father, Bryan, skied down a run, Bryan slowed to watch Becker as he headed toward a jump. But something went terribly wrong. “He overshot the landing... and hit his head,” Bryan told TODAY. When Bryan reached his son, Becker was unconscious and blue. After being rushed to the hospital, Becker spent three weeks in the intensive care unit.
Inside Science | Sep 11, 2017
As the 2017 NFL season kicks off, it’s a question on the minds of parents, fans and players alike. But it's also on the mind of neuroscientists. Figuring out how science can help answer many of the unresolved questions about brain injuries -- and how to make contact sports like football safer -- remains a major problem for neuroscientists to tackle.
The Sacramento Bee | Sep 11, 2017
Rick Burth, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said a novel treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder helped calm his symptoms of anxiety and anger. The procedure involves an injection of local anesthetic to the neck.
WOSU | Sep 11, 2017
The documentary "Almost Sunrise" opens with the voice of Tom Voss explaining why he joined the U.S. Army and why he took on a new mission to walk 2,700 miles, cross country as a way to deal with trauma. The film follows the journey of Voss and fellow Iraq War Veteran Anthony Anderson as they both struggle with PTSD, thoughts of suicide, and a newer term known as “moral injury,” which in the context of war can mean dealing with harming or killing someone else during combat.
Task & Purpose | Sep 8, 2017
After seven years of struggling to launch the first government-approved study of marijuana’s effects on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, lead researcher Sue Sisley was optimistic in February, when her team was finally allowed to start enrolling veterans to participate. Seven months later, though, Sisley has screened thousands of veterans, yet enrolled only 26 who meet the eligibility criteria – prompting concern the study’s parameters must change. If that happens, the study could be delayed, Sisley said.
EurekAlert | Sep 5, 2017
Kessler Foundation researchers have authored a new article that further elucidates the mechanisms for cognitive fatigue, a disabling symptom that affects many individuals after traumatic brain injury (TBI). The findings underscore the role of the caudate nucleus in the mechanism of cognitive fatigue in traumatic brain injury.
The New York Times | Sep 5, 2017
The explosion that wounded me during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2010 left me with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. At first, I didn’t object to the pills that arrived by mail: antidepressants, sedatives, amphetamines and mood stabilizers. Stuff to wake me up. Stuff to put me down. Stuff to keep me calm. Stuff to rile me up. Stuff to numb me. Initially the prescriptions helped — as they do for many veterans. But when I continued to feel bad, the answers from my doctors were always the same: more pills. And higher dosages. And more pills to counteract the side effects of those higher dosages. Yet none of them quite worked.
The New York Times | Sep 5, 2017
Maggie had been thought to be in the “vegetative state” but later was found to be in the “minimally conscious state” — a term medically formalized in 2002. Unlike vegetative patients, those in MCS are conscious. They demonstrate intention, attention and memory. The problem is that these actions may be rare and intermittent, so when family members who witnessed them share their observations with staff members, they are often attributed to a family’s wishful thinking. At least one study indicated an alarming rate of misdiagnosis: it found that 41 percent of patients with traumatic brain injury who were in chronic care and thought to be in the vegetative state were in fact in MCS. If not for the astute observations of her Boston neurologist, Maggie, too, would have been misdiagnosed in perpetuity.
Scientific American | Sep 1, 2017
There are two ways to go about studying a disease. Let’s call them the retrospective and prospective methods. Both methods have yielded important discoveries, but the retrospective method is much more prone to distortion than the prospective method. Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center recently reported that 99 percent of NFL alumni who made brain donations at the time of death have CTE. While researchers acknowledge that those who make brain donations are not representative of retired NFL players it is remarkably easy to make the assumption that this finding generalizes to the broader population of athletes exposed to concussion.
ESPN | Aug 31, 2017
Last September, the NFL pledged $100 million, doubling down on its previous commitment as one of the largest funders of concussion research in the United States. The league and its advisers say the money will go toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries. But after years of donating to outside entities -- an approach that league officials said was designed to keep the research independent -- the NFL has taken the science in-house and under its control.
Task & Purpose | Aug 30, 2017
We are three scholars in the humanities who have individually studied PTSD – the framework through which people conceptualize it, the ways researchers investigate it, the therapies the medical community devises for it. Through our research, each of us has seen how the medical model alone fails to adequately account for the ever-changing nature of PTSD. What’s been missing is a cohesive explanation of trauma that allows us to explain the various ways its symptoms have manifested over time and can differ in different people.
WBUR | Aug 17, 2017
From the NFL to Pop Warner, we know the danger of concussions now. Should kids play football? Tom Ashbrook, WBUR Boston, sits down with Dr. Bennet Omalu, Tom Farrey (Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute), Brenda Easter (CTE Hope), and Ernesto 'Cuatro' Groos (Pop Warner Football and Cheer league).
The Galt Herald | Aug 17, 2017
On Sept. 12, youth athletes and high school athletes have the opportunity to learn more about concussion awareness if their teams choose to participate in the second annual Team Up Speak Up Day, which was created to bring awareness to athletes if they think they see a teammate suffering from a head injury during a game.
The Guardian | Aug 16, 2017
Artwork on display at Submit to Love Studios, based at the brain injury charity Headway East London. Making Faces explores both the physical and emotional side of discovering identity, following traumatic incidents. A number of pieces, such as this one, have been worked on by a number of the artists.
The Huffington Post | Aug 16, 2017
I’ve had two Traumatic Brain Injuries: one at age 6 and one at age 18, and both with life-altering results. But at the same time, and somehow, people never stopped fighting for me. And now it’s my turn to return the favor. My reason for writing this article is that young people with TBI and older adults with TBI really have hope.
The Atlantic | Aug 14, 2017
Recent research makes clear the drastic effects of head injuries on young athletes, and advocates are asking states and schools to do more.
Healthline | Aug 7, 2017
Past research has produced conflicting results, but a recent study with male and female mice shows there may be differences between the sexes with brain injuries.
The New York Times | Aug 7, 2017
Almost four years after the N.F.L. agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to ex-players who said the league had concealed the dangers of concussions from them, the first payouts — some worth as much as $5 million — have been approved. But the registration process will end on Monday, closing the window during which players can potentially receive cash awards.
The Washington Post | Aug 3, 2017
The concussion lawsuit hit Jenna Jacoby hard. "The thought that someone would put my dad’s health at risk for financial gain was infuriating. More than anything, I was hurt. They were supposed to protect him and they failed." While I am blessed to have a father who loves me unconditionally and has supported me through every decision I’ve made, I’m all too aware that many “football kids” won’t get that same opportunity with their dads.
Huffington Post | Aug 3, 2017
Dr. Samadani had finished her residency and was conducting clinical trials for brain injury when a colleague suggested using eye-tracking as an outcome measure. They began working on their technology, now known as EyeBOX™, in the summer of 2011 and applied for their first patent in 2012, which was issued in spring 2017. Dr. Samadani explained that a concussion can disrupt eye movements in at least two ways: through elevating intracranial pressure, and by physiological disruption of neurologic pathways — not bad enough that pressure goes up, but it causes irritation.
NPR | Aug 1, 2017
Almost five years ago, soon after the suicide of linebacker Junior Seau, the NFL announced it was donating $30 million to the National Institutes of Health for brain research. At the end of August, it appears that partnership will expire, with $16 million of the money still unspent.
USA Today | Aug 1, 2017
For Cookie Gilchrist, brain damage accumulated during a football career that took him directly from high school to the NFL in the 1960s. For his son Scott, the damage happened all at once when he fell 40 feet from scaffolding at his house under renovation in Toronto. "I had a bad accident: bleeding of the brain and traumatic brain injury," says Scott. "I have a better understanding of the last bunch of years with my dad and why he got frustrated and couldn't let things go."
Military Times | Aug 1, 2017
More than one in five veterans receiving federal disability payouts suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a figure that has spiked in the last decade. Veterans Affairs officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the number of disability cases related to PTSD has nearly tripled in that time, from around 345,000 cases in fiscal 2008 to more than 940,000 cases today. But lawmakers still worry that current VA rules may still be excluding thousands more veterans eligible for the disability payouts, which are tied to injuries suffered during military service.
Forbes | Aug 1, 2017
A New York Times article last week reignited concerns about concussions and football. A few steps could make the sport safer and improve players' long-term health.
The New York Times | Jul 25, 2017
Neuropathologist, Dr. Ann McKee, has examined the brains of 111 NFL players — and 110 were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.
NPR | Jul 24, 2017
Thanks to research on boxers and football players, both athletes and the public are becoming more aware of the dangers of sports-related head injuries. Yet there is little data on female participants. "We classically have always known the male response to brain injury," says Mark Burns, at Georgetown University. But there have been remarkably few studies of females. The bias runs throughout the scientific literature, even in studies of mice.
BBC News | Jul 24, 2017
Dominic Hurley is regularly mistaken for being drunk and it has led to him getting arrested. His slurred speech and poor balance is actually a result of a brain injury caused by a moped crash while he worked abroad. "You can work hard to raise awareness but you may not reach every police officer and that is where the ID card comes in," says Hurley. He says three arrests have seen him separated from friends, dragged from cars, and his hands forced behind his back - harsh treatment that made him feel like a "common criminal". "Each time I was just seen as another drunk. I wasn't given much of an interview at all."
Chronicle Live (UK) | Jul 24, 2017
The launch of new identity cards for people with brain injuries comes as welcome relief for survivors in the UK. Prince Harry has launched the new initiative with Headway, a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.
Science Daily | Jul 24, 2017
After two months in a coma, Chris Cahill woke up confused about where he was and what had happened to him. Cahill was found unconscious from unknown trauma resulting in severe injuries to his frontal lobe, with brain swelling so dramatic it was life threatening. Physicians performed emergent surgery to relieve the brain swelling with the intent of replacing the skull after the swelling subsided. However, the patient's own skull was infected and as a result was unusable. At that point, the doctors decided the best solution to replace the missing skull bone was to use 3-D printing to create a custom cranial skull implant.
American Academy of Neurology | Jul 19, 2017
Boxers and mixed martial arts fighters may have markers of long-term brain injury in their blood, according to a study released and presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference.
San Antonio Express-News  | Jul 19, 2017
Dr. James Lechleiter, a UT Health San Antonio researcher, co-founded a pharmaceutical company that is trying to develop a pill for treating concussions and stroke. Lechleiter hopes the drug, which is at least 7 years away from market, could be easily administered by any football coach or paramedic to mitigate the effects of concussions or strokes.
The New York Times | Jul 17, 2017
The possibility of large payouts to former players, many with cognitive ailments from hits to the head, attracts offers of help with claims, for a cut.
Science Daily | Jul 17, 2017
Despite the large volume of information about sports related concussions on the Internet, many parents and guardians of young athletes have a limited understanding of concussions, according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Science Magazine | Jul 12, 2017
The study “offers a glimmer of hope for our traumatic brain injury patients,” says Cesario Borlongan, a neuroscientist who studies brain aging and repair at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Borlongan, who reviewed the new paper, notes that its findings are especially important in the clinic, where most rehabilitation focuses on improving motor—not cognitive—function.
Medical Xpress | Jul 12, 2017
Smartphone apps allow us to outsource remembering appointments or upcoming tasks. It's a common worry that using technology in this way makes our brain's memory capacity worse, but the reality is not that simple. In fact, these platforms can be useful, not only for people with memory impairments, but also the general population.
Detecting long-term concussion in athletes McGill University | Jul 12, 2017
Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred.
Medical Xpress | Jul 12, 2017
The part of the brain that helps control emotion may be larger in people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after brain injury compared to those with a brain injury without PTSD, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Sports Concussion Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., July 14 to 16, 2017.
Huffington Post | Jul 12, 2017

Kaiser’s peer-reviewed publication, The Permanente Journal, recently published practice guidelines for using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with patients diagnosed with PTSD.

The Washington Post | Jul 10, 2017
Children who sustained traumatic brain injuries may experience such psychological effects as anxiety, phobias and depression more than a decade later, researchers say. The new study suggests that brain injury is in some way related to longer-term anxiety symptoms, while previously it was thought that brain injury only leads to short-term effects.
ESPN | Jul 10, 2017
Women suffer more concussions than men in the sports that both play, tend to suffer different symptoms, take longer to recover and hold back information about their injuries for different reasons than males. Anyone involved in sports should have a grasp of these key facts. Yet the guidelines for understanding sports concussions and returning injured athletes to play ignore key differences in how women and men experience brain injuries.
Excelle Sports | Jul 10, 2017
The National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) concussion protocol, unlike that adopted by the NFL, relies on a different premise: Players must report if and when they have a possible concussion. The problem with this premise: I can speak from experience that almost no player will report a possible concussion because they want to keep playing. In addition, soccer coaches and trainers often advise players not to report concussion symptoms so they can continue to be used in match play.
TAPinto | Jul 10, 2017
Kevin Brady is tough, really tough. On August 19, 2016, Kevin’s life changed. He received a concussion that would end his football career forever and challenge his academic path. It’s been nearly a year and Kevin has made an excellent recovery. This is his story and his message.
UPI | Jul 5, 2017
After a concussion, a young woman might notice that her next few menstrual periods are a bit off-schedule, a new study finds. "The findings suggest that adolescent and young women have significantly increased odds of multiple, abnormal menstrual patterns following concussion, compared to those with an orthopedic injury," said lead researcher Anthony Kontos. He's director of research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
KARE 11 | Jul 5, 2017
A first of its kind study published in JAMA Neurology is shining light on the complexity of war time brain injuries. The study followed 50 soldiers starting just after they suffered a concussive blast injury and tracked their conditions through brain imaging and other techniques over several years. The findings bring into question medical beliefs that individuals with TBI will stabilize within a year after their injury.
WRAL | Jul 4, 2017
As the concern rises about concussions and head injuries among young athletes, the National Football League is calling on one University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department to explore rehabilitation strategies.
CBS News | Jun 30, 2017
Two new studies offer good news for any high school athlete who's suffered a concussion: For most athletes, mental or physical effects may resolve themselves over the long term.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jun 27, 2017
McCandless teacher and triathlete battles her way back after serious bike accident to raise money for others with traumatic brain injury.
Catching Health | Jun 26, 2017

It took Carole Starr many years to accept her brain injury and let go of her old life. Today, Carole is the founder and facilitator of Brain Injury Voices, a survivor education, advocacy and peer mentoring volunteer group, and author of the book To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury. Listen to Carole’s inspiring story.

Isreal21c | Jun 25, 2017
After her father suffered a brain injury, Israeli neuroscientist Son Preminger noted deficiencies in the rehabilitation process and felt a calling to correct them. Preminger invited a group of fellow neuroscientists, clinicians and engineers to join her in founding Intendu, a startup that has developed cloud-based software comprised of motion-based adaptive video games for brain training and rehabilitation.
Huffington Post | Jun 23, 2017
Difficulties for people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; their intelligence, however, is unaffected. Since no two brain injuries are ever the same, the way aphasia affects one person can vary greatly from the next person.
Tampa Bay Times | Jun 22, 2017

Since being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot four years ago, Warren Sapp has traveled each August to Canton, Ohio, to join the game's greats returning for induction ceremonies. But with each passing year, it seemed too many of his fellow NFL players were in failing health and slipping further into a fog as a result of head injuries sustained during their careers."I said, 'I can't do this. I can't stay on the sideline and watch Tony Dorsett and Willie Brown and all the great ones deteriorate before my eyes,' " Sapp told the Tampa Bay Times.

Pink Concussions | Jun 22, 2017

Created by Katherine Snedaker, Executive Director of PINK Concussions, to capture "the spirit" of the briefing, share lessons learned, provide scientific references, and inspire further conversations. This is not an official report but rather a summary of Katherine's experience leading up to the event, her tweets from the event, photos taken by PINK concussion interns and references submitted by the speakers to PINK Concussions.

MedicalXpress | Jun 21, 2017
U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds. "These new findings fill an important gap in our understanding of TBI—which many deployed troops experience—and its impact on headache severity over the long term that can be a key driver of disability for them," Dr. Peter Goadsby, chairman of the American Headache Society's scientific program committee.
Reuters | Jun 19, 2017

Children who sustained traumatic brain injuries may experience psychological effects like anxiety, phobias and depression more than a decade later, researcher at Monash University School of Psychological Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. “The study suggests that brain injury is in some way related to longer-term anxiety symptoms, while previously it was thought that brain injury only leads to short-term effects,” said lead author Michelle Albicini.

Huffington Post | Jun 19, 2017

The brains of men and women are wired differently, and when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), women are more likely to develop subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders, like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Until now, it’s been unclear why that is, but a new study by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) provides that missing link – a potentially disrupted pathway in the brain.

Huffington Post | Jun 13, 2017

The brains of men and women are wired differently, and when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), women are more likely to develop subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders, like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Until now, it’s been unclear why that is, but a new study by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) provides that missing link – a potentially disrupted pathway in the brain.

Reuters | Jun 12, 2017

Children who sustained traumatic brain injuries may experience psychological effects like anxiety, phobias and depression more than a decade later, researcher at Monash University School of Psychological Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. “The study suggests that brain injury is in some way related to longer-term anxiety symptoms, while previously it was thought that brain injury only leads to short-term effects,” said lead author Michelle Albicini.

PR Newswire | May 30, 2017

Cohen Veterans Bioscience and the American College of Radiology (ACR) announced the creation of the first Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Imaging Reference Library. The library will be essential to the development of effective clinical imaging tools for diagnosing and managing patients with mild TBI.

The Washington Post | May 18, 2017

CTE, a brain degeneration disease, has been found in the brains of deceased NFL Hall of Famers. Here's what you need to know about it.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience | May 18, 2017

Cohen Veterans Bioscience and the VA are spearheading the Research Alliance for PTSD/TBI Innovation and Discovery Diagnostics (RAPID-Dx). This effort will capitalize on recent advances in brain imaging, genetics and other areas that are bringing the previously unseen impact of #PTSD and #TBI into focus.

Sports Illustrated | May 18, 2017

Maybe his wife is mistaken, or maybe the Patriots kept it under wraps, but if the NFL’s biggest star was unwilling to self-report symptoms it’s a much bigger issue for the league. Plus, the good and the bad of the Eagles signing Blount, and a sneaky good roster in L.A.

SportTechie | May 18, 2017

How companies are working toward a more objective way to diagnose brain injuries and concussion and maybe even CTE for the living.

Miami Herald | May 18, 2017

Nick Buoniconti was a linebacker in the NFL for 14 years. He estimates that during that time he absorbed a whopping 520,000 hits. Buoniconti recently revealed that he is likely suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE — the scourge that has plagued veteran football players who made a living as human battering rams, and who received the blows as we watched and cheered.

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The New York Times | May 17, 2017

From 2011 to 2015 nearly 92,000 troops were discharged for misconduct — the military equivalent of being fired. Of those discharged, 57,000 had a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD or a related condition. In recent years the military adopted regulations to require mental health screening to detect PTSD and TBI before a soldier was punished. Tuesday’s report found that screenings were often not conducted. In the Army and the Marine Corps, about 40 percent of cases reviewed by investigators did not have the required screening.

SportTechie | May 17, 2017

Former NFL players Matt Hasselbeck and Leonard Marshall announced they will both be donating their brains to help researchers to learn more about the ways football affects the brain. The former players have pledged their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and specifically, the foundation will be using the brains to research concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brains of those who have suffered repeated blows to the head.

Velonews | May 17, 2017

Toms Skujins’s crash during Monday’s stage of the Amgen Tour of California underscores the challenge cycling still faces with head injuries. Riders are often free to continue participating in the race even if they are suffering from a concussion

The New York Times | May 17, 2017

Restricting all forms of activity after a concussion is known as “cocooning.” But now new guidelines, written by an international panel of concussion experts and published this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, question that practice. Instead of cocooning, the new guidelines suggest that most young athletes should be encouraged to start being physically active with a day or two after the injury.

CBS New San Diego | May 17, 2017

How Kaizen Brain Center in California is using magnetic stimulation to fight brain disease in former athletes and veterans.

UPI | May 16, 2017

A new study suggests U.S. military members who have mild concussion after blast injuries are experiencing worse outcomes five years later, and that treatment has been largely ineffective. "Most physicians believe that patients will stabilize 6-12 months post-injury, but this study challenges that, showing progression of post-concussive symptoms well after this time frame," said Christine L. Mac Donald, associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle

The Daily Commercial (CT) | May 16, 2017

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Nancy Foryan gave birth to son Ed Simone twice — the first time in the conventional manner, the second as she rehabilitated him following a traumatic brain injury. The process is now at 22 years and counting. When asked if there’s any achievement she is particularly proud of, Foryan says “my son.” She’s proud of him because he never gave up. He’s proud of her for the same reason. She’s his hero.

Sports Illustrated | May 10, 2017

From tough-guy captain of the Dolphins’ perfect team to driven force behind the nation’s premier spinal-cord research program, Nick Buoniconti was always in charge, always on top. Now, as his body and mind succumb to the ravages of football, he and his loved ones are left angry, confused and grasping to understand.

USA Today | May 10, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby again finds himself answering questions after Monday's playoff game against the Washington Capitals about the league’s concussion protocol and whether it failed him, a topic he’s tired of and, quite frankly, doesn’t think is anyone’s business. But the curiosity and concern are warranted, given both Crosby’s history and stature and the NHL’s record of denial when it comes to head trauma.

NPR | May 4, 2017

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.

Healthcare IT News | May 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has picked Abbott Laboratories to develop a traumatic brain injury test in a one-bid contract. Abbott will collaborate with the U.S Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity in Frederick, Maryland, according to the DoD.

NewsWise | May 4, 2017

Dr. David Brody, who is considered one of the world’s foremost researchers on traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases, has been appointed to the faculty of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), a Department of Defense agency, and will direct the university’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM).

Science Daily | May 2, 2017

Most wartime traumatic brain injuries are mild but the long-term clinical effects of these injuries have not been well described. A new article published by JAMA Neurology identifies potential predictors of poor outcomes in service members diagnosed with concussive blast TBI.

Medscape | May 2, 2017

Investigators at Columbia University in New York found that among college athletes of both sexes who competed in sports such as soccer, football, and basketball, women were 50% more likely to sustain sports-related concussions.

Boston Herald | May 2, 2017

An inspection of the Boston VA Regional Office found an “unacceptable” error rate in assessing the degree of disability in traumatic brain injury claims despite a warning four years earlier to add more oversight and safeguards.