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SportTechie | Jan 31, 2017

BrainScope’s Ahead 300, a handheld point of care device that objectively and rapidly assesses mild head injury, is helping clinicians and others to gather data that will aid in head injury diagnosis. BrainScope announced this month that it is doing a limited launch to a select group that includes college and professional sports institutions.

Army Times | Jan 31, 2017

More than a hundred Fort Riley soldiers are helping University of Kansas researchers study how intense running affects wounded soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury. Clinical trials will assess whether intensive cardiorespiratory exercise helps wounded warriors recover from mild traumatic brain injury.

Melbourne Herald Sun | Jan 31, 2017

Melbourne researchers are working on an injectable treatment for traumatic brain injury using the protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Melbourne team hopes doctors could inject players after a head clash, or paramedics could administer the peptide to car crash victims, so as to stop the chain reaction of damage after a traumatic brain injury.

New Hampshire Public Radio | Jan 31, 2017

The New Hampshire Legislative Commission on PTSD and TBI released a report in 2014 that looked at how many veterans in the state had these injuries and whether they felt they were getting the help they needed. It’s been a few years since that first report came out and the commission is now is now re-interviewing veterans by questionnaire to find out: Did we hit the mark? Did we do the right thing? And where do we go from here?

PetaPixel | Jan 30, 2017

My name is Trevor Gavin and I’m a photographer based near San Francisco. I’d like to share a very personal story of my darkest time. It’s a part of my healing and a part of moving on. It’s the only way I know how to express my emotions.

USA Today | Jan 30, 2017

The NHL has not given money to any of the four centers leading research into neurodegenerative diseases, specifically the question of why so many football and hockey players develop CTE, USA TODAY Sports has found.

The Huffington Post | Jan 30, 2017

Many families struggle to get their loved ones needed rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. If they do get rehabilitation, it is often too short to make a difference. Indeed, if patients are too slow to demonstrate improvement, services can be cut off because of stringent “medical necessity” admission criteria, often from third-party insurers. This cutoff makes no sense. If we don’t know how long it takes the injured brain to heal, how do we know the pace is too slow?

WIRED  | Jan 17, 2017

Recognizing mild concussions is crucial for preventing deaths, and now there's a way to do that more accurately than ever before, with your blood.

Engadget | Jan 17, 2017

Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. It's developing Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (conveniently, BLAST), a sensor system that could determine whether or not an explosion's shockwave is likely to have injured your brain.

The New York Times | Jan 17, 2017

Casey Dellacqua, who fell and hit her head during the 2015 China Open, missed nine months of competition while living struggling with post-concussive syndrome. “I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t focus, couldn’t read, watch TV, wasn’t on my phone. I couldn’t focus having a conversation with anyone. I was in this constant world of drowsiness. Then I started not being able to sleep properly. I kept asking the doctor, ‘When am I going to feel better?’ They said it was all normal, all part of concussion. It was a really hard injury for me to understand mentally, because it wasn’t like I had a sore shoulder...”

R&D Magazine | Jan 17, 2017

A direct link has been found between concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. New research by the Boston University School of Medicine found that concussions will accelerate brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are already at a genetic risk for the disease.

GQ | Jan 12, 2017

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.

Medical News Today | Jan 12, 2017

A new study links higher blood levels of a brain protein called tau to longer periods of recovery for athletes. The researchers suggest that tau may serve as a marker to help assess athletes' readiness to return to play.

AAAS | Jan 12, 2017

A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Atlanta Journal-Consitution | Jan 12, 2017

Chase Gottlieb and his mom joined me in a room away from the den of activity in the Patricia M. Brown Center at Annandale Village in Suwanee. Like the 20 or so other participants, they had come to somehow give voice to a life lived with a brain injury — some acquired from a medical condition such as a stroke or brain tumor and others the result of a traumatic incident like Chase’s attempted suicide.

Futurity | Jan 4, 2017

Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain’s response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.

UVA Today | Jan 3, 2017

Researchers believe that figuring out how to target and manipulate immune cells could be key to treating various neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, migraines and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

ABC News | Jan 3, 2017

Katherine Snedaker founded her nonprofit advocacy group Pink Concussions in response to what she discovered was a lack of information and research on female concussions. A major impetus to her activism has been hearing stories from women and girls suffering from concussions. Many shared similar stories of not healing as fast as people thought they should, doctors minimizing their conditions and feeling isolated while recovering at home.

The Record (NJ) | Jan 3, 2017

David Musicant's bones healed – and then the real challenge began. The brain injury was a lot more complicated. The simple joys of taking a drive, working out or going to a Mets game with his wife and two children – what Musicant calls ''the mosaic of my life'' – had vanished. “You’re confused, you’re depressed and you just don’t think you’ll ever be yourself again and you kind of don’t want to be here anymore,’’ he said.

The Washington Post | Dec 22, 2016

The first objective measurement for concussion may have been identified, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports. By measuring the brain’s electrical reactions to speech sounds, researchers at Northwestern University were able to identify children who had suffered a recent concussion with 90 percent accuracy and those who hadn’t with 95 percent accuracy.

NPR | Dec 22, 2016

A study of 30 patients hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries found that sleep quality and brain function improved in tandem, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Neurology. The results raise the possibility that patients with brain injuries might recover more quickly if hospitals took steps to restore normal sleep patterns.

Adventures in Brain Injury | Dec 22, 2016

William Bird, Senior Research Assistant and Tractographer at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, explains how this imaging system allows us to see the pathways that groups of axon fibers follow.

Healthline | Dec 21, 2016

The effects of a TBI can range from short term to lifelong, and from debilitating to mild. People with TBI can find relief in physical therapy, medications, psychological treatment, and social support. A medical team can provide much of that treatment, but social support must come from friends, family, and others within the community. To help, HealthLine has rounded up some of the best sources of online support for people who have TBIs and the people who love them.

NPR | Dec 20, 2016

The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. But the small wearable devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure that could eventually have helped researchers understand the links between bomb blasts, concussions and brain diseases.

The Denver Post | Dec 20, 2016

A new study by doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine concludes that helmets help reduce the severity of head injuries that kids suffer while skiing or snowboarding, a finding that echoes other recent research but that has long been up for debate.

Knowridge Science Report | Dec 20, 2016

People who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study published in Neurology. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how much their sleep is disturbed.

Futurity | Dec 20, 2016

Surgery can restore vision in patients who have suffered hemorrhaging in the eye after a traumatic brain injury, even if the operation doesn’t occur until several months later, a small study shows.

Cycling Tips | Dec 19, 2016

MIPS, the Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is a pretty unassuming piece of gear — a thin layer that sits within a bike helmet to reduce rotational forces in the case of a crash. MIPS can now be found in some top-end helmets but as Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom writes in this Origins piece, the technology was first devised in the mid-’90s and is a rare example of academic research being turned into a viable commercial product.

USA Today | Dec 19, 2016

USA TODAY Sports spoke with the parents of five former high school players. These mothers and fathers don’t own doctorates or medical degrees, but they are indisputably experts in what can go terribly wrong in the secondary-school version of the country’s most popular sport.

The Dallas Morning News | Dec 19, 2016

University Interscholastic League is partnering with the O'Donnel Brain Insitute at UT Southwestern Medical Center in what will be the nation's largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. They hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes.

The New York Times | Dec 12, 2016

Texas is beginning what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. Starting this week, two dozen high school sports will be tracked in an attempt to gauge whether rules or equipment changes improve player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes. Information to be recorded includes the cause of an injury and the recovery time from an injury.

ABC News | Dec 12, 2016
The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to the estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players. The court's action on Monday clears the way for payouts to begin to former players who have been diagnosed brain injuries linked to repeated concussions.
News Medical | Dec 9, 2016

The study began 21 months after Margaret Worthen suffered massive strokes, and her continuing recovery was tracked for nearly three years. The research signifies the first time that scientists have captured the restoration of communication of a minimally conscious patient by measuring aspects of brain structure and function before and after communication resumed. It also raises the question of whether other patients in chronic care facilities who appear to be minimally responsive or unresponsive may harbor organized, higher-level brain function.

Sports Illustrated | Dec 9, 2016

Former NFL center Matt Birk, former QB Eric Hipple and Brigadier General (ret.) Richard Gross explain how the After the Impact Fund provides a support network for veterans, professional athletes and their families.

Neurology Advisor | Dec 9, 2016

SPECT imaging can be more accurate in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than CT or MRI.

WKYC | Dec 9, 2016

In the military, a Charlie Foxtrot is a disaster. A Charlie Foxtrot is exactly what thousands of our service members are facing. We confirmed that 300,000 troops were booted from the military with less than honorable discharges. What they did to get kicked out is often linked to medical conditions like Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic brain injury (TBI). They are stripped of their benefits, when what they really need is help.

ABC News (VA) | Dec 9, 2016

Maj. Yvonne Heib and Capt. Pat Horan gave presentations to a neuroanatomy class on their experience regaining speech and cognition skills with the help of specialized therapists. The duo were both injured while serving overseas. Heib, a former Army nurse, sustained moderate brain damage from a mortar blast in Afghanistan in 2009. This marked Heib and Horan's third time speaking to students at JMU, some of whom have interests in a career in speech pathology.

NewsWorks | Dec 9, 2016

Scott Brown, Director of the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission says the VA is promising those requesting an evaluation will get one in 18 days, but not delivering. "We are seeing more and more TBI's and I called this morning to get an appointment for a veteran for his TBI evaluation and was given March 10th for his TBI evaluation, that's not 18.1 days," he said. The VA did not participate in the hearing.

BBC News | Dec 7, 2016

Thirty extraordinary artists who survived brain injuries, but found a new craft, are exhibiting their work in London this month, many for the first time.

How Stuff Works | Dec 5, 2016

More researchers and scientists are actively trying to find women's brains for concussion studies. After all, female athletes get concussions at higher rates than men in multiple sports. There's some evidence that men and women's brains react differently to concussions. For one, women might have a harder time than men recovering from a concussion, and where women are in hormone cycles might also lead to different responses.

PR Newswire | Dec 5, 2016

As a veteran acclimates to the new normal of life outside a war zone – and the challenges of PTSD, TBI, and physical injuries – personal relationships are often tested. This is especially true of the relationships between warriors and their spouses. To help a group of these military couples receive a new healing perspective, Wounded Warrior Project recently hosted Project Odyssey, a multi-day mental health workshop.

The New York Times | Dec 2, 2016

Two youth programs have sprung up in Marshall, where Pop Warner, Boys & Girls Club and seventh-grade tackle teams were discontinued over safety concerns.

NPR | Dec 1, 2016

An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries. The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.

Medical Xpress | Nov 30, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report finding evidence of brain injury and repair that is visible on imaging from the NFL players compared to a control group of men without a history of concussion. The football players had higher levels of TSPO and greater changes in the brain's white matter, the study found.

News Medical | Nov 30, 2016

Researchers have identified symptom trends that may not only help predict how soon patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) will recover, but also provide insight on how to treat those who experience persistent concussion symptoms. The findings were published today in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Radiological Society of North America | Nov 29, 2016

Scientists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center found that brain circuits connected to emotional control were disrupted in patients with depression. Experts say the findings could lead to new treatments for brain injury related mood disorders.

Indy Star | Nov 29, 2016

Two quarterbacks, two concussions. Same weekend. Not the same decision. IU quarterback Zander Diamont is done with football. Diamont, who has suffered multiple concussions, knows who he wants to be in 10 years. And it’s not someone standing on a football field, or worse, sitting in a wheelchair and wondering how he got there. "I need my brain," he said on Saturday. So does Andrew Luck, but the Colts QB knows who he wants to be in 10 years. He wants to be a Super Bowl champion.

Forbes | Nov 28, 2016

Based on a new study to be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), specialized MRI scans performed on high school football players–after just one season–revealed changes in brain tissue which correlated with exposure to head impacts.

VICE News | Nov 28, 2016

The state Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania a $250,000 grant to screen for head trauma among men on track to be paroled from Graterford, the idea being to smooth their transition back into the outside world. VICE got an early peak at the numbers from a new study of brain injuries in an American prison, and they aren't pretty.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Nov 28, 2016

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center will launch a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.

Knowridge Science Report | Nov 21, 2016

New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital, but that a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation may produce even greater benefit.

STAT News | Nov 21, 2016

There’s something wrong with the brain banks created to study the dangers of repeated trauma to the head: Almost all the brains donated so far belonged to men. It’s just one example of how the study of brain trauma in women lags behind — even though women get #concussions at higher rates than men in many sports and may suffer more severe and persistent symptoms.

Science Daily | Nov 21, 2016

Fewer motorcycle riders who are involved in crashes across the state of Michigan are wearing a helmet, and the state’s trauma centers have seen a 14 percent increase in head injuries among motorcyclists, since the state’s partial repeal of its universal helmet law in April 2012, a new study finds.

The Wall Street Journal | Nov 17, 2016

A soon-to-be-published paper raises hope that a simple blood test can detect brain injuries as conclusively as physicians identify a heart attack.

The Huffington Post | Nov 15, 2016

Not a week foes by that someone doesn't ask me, "Is that concussion still going on?" And I get it. I didn't know much about this condition until it hit home. Most people have heard of concussion, but few fully grasp the implications.

Utah Valley Magazine | Nov 15, 2016

After being bucked off a horse a week before his wedding, Jared Workman suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent two months in a coma while his fiancée clung to hope. A year later, they wed.

Chicago Tribune | Nov 9, 2016

According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, 20 percent of this country's high school football players suffer brain injuries in any given season.

Healthline | Nov 9, 2016

A study shows that many states are missing standards for children returning to school after concussions. Some doctors aren’t sure if standards will help.

Men's Journal | Nov 9, 2016

For Mike Callaghan and his son Brogan, football was everything. But when the 11-year-old QB was sidelined by a head injury, Callaghan faced an agonizing, all too common choice.

UPI | Nov 9, 2016

In a study, researchers at the Children’s Health Research Institute have demonstrated that a blood test can now accurately diagnose a concussion using a form of blood profiling known as metabolomics.

ESPN | Nov 4, 2016

At a Boston University medical conference on Thursday, doctors put a human touch on the often clinical diagnoses, announcing to a room stocked with family members of CTE casualties that former Patriots and Eagles fullback Kevin Turner -- the lead plaintiff in the NFL's concussion lawsuit -- also was a victim of the disease. "The severity of Mr. Turner's CTE was extraordinary and unprecedented for an athlete who died in his 40s," said neuropathologist Ann McKee.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Nov 3, 2016

Doctors weren’t sure if former Air Force Staff Sergeant John Sharpe would ever wake up. Through treatment with the VA, Sharpe made a full recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and now, as a VA counselor, he helps others who have sustained TBIs.

EMS World | Nov 3, 2016

Scientists with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine are playing an important part in the testing and evaluation of a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Nov 3, 2016

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center research found that depression can strongly influence post-concussion symptoms following a concussion. The study shows that patients who are diagnosed with both a concussion and depression report more severe symptoms than patients with only a concussion.

The Huffington Post | Oct 31, 2016

Embryonic neurons transplanted into the damaged brain of mice formed proper connections with their neighbors and restored function, researchers wrote in a study published in the journal Nature.

Yahoo! Sports | Oct 31, 2016

In the same week that another study found that heading a soccer ball can leave lasting damage to a brain, U.S. Soccer has released a concussion awareness video and launched the Recognize to Recover campaign with an informational website to help inform soccer coaches, players, parents and administrators on player safety, laying out models for Emergency Action Plans, injury prevention, and, crucially, appropriate response to head and brain injuries.

MedScape | Oct 31, 2016

Teenage athletes with ADHD are more likely than their peers to report concussion-like symptoms during preseason baseline tests, a new study suggests. "This may lead us to refine the ways we use baseline concussion tests. Right now it's a one-size-fits-all test," said the study investigator.

WebMD | Oct 28, 2016

More than a third of young athletes who suffer a concussion return to competition the same day, a new study shows. Concussion guidelines and laws in all states discourage youth athletes from returning to play if they have any signs of concussion after a head injury. But, the findings from this study suggest those rules are often ignored.

The Arizona Republic | Oct 26, 2016

The Gulf War thrust traumatic brain injuries into the spotlight as the "signature wound" of the Iraq conflict. Public awareness grew as the media shifted focus to sport-related concussions. Now we have turned the page to the third chapter in the concussion story: domestic violence.

Military.com | Oct 26, 2016

Post-concussion symptoms improve significantly when using several forms of therapist-led rehabilitation, according to the first large-scale study of mild traumatic brain injury on active-duty personnel. The study by researchers from several institutions, including Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, looked at 126 service members three to 24 months after they had concussions.

The Atlantic | Oct 24, 2016

In the journal Radiology today, an imaging study shows that players ages 8 to 13 who have had no concussion symptoms still show changes associated with traumatic brain injury

The Conversation (UK) | Oct 24, 2016

Researchers have explored the true impact of heading a soccer ball, identifying small but significant changes in brain function immediately after routine heading practice.

The Spectrum (NY) | Oct 24, 2016

With the frontal right brain injury that I suffered with, both the emotional and reactive processes were extremely compromised. My inability to react properly caused me extreme anxiety and panic. It also fueled extreme animosity between my friends and I. Everyone thought I was crazy and I even began to believe them.

The Daily Mail | Oct 20, 2016

Former players from more than 100 college football teams have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease widely known as CTE. Fifteen schools have identified at least three separate cases of ex-players who suffered the degenerative condition, prompting warnings it is not only a danger to professional athletes.

The Wall Street Journal | Oct 19, 2016

More specialists are encouraging patients to gradually resume normal activities rather than rest for an extended period.

The Guardian | Oct 19, 2016

Being homeless is linked to much higher rates of traumatic head injury. But professionals are still misdiagnosing and mistreating people.

The New York Times | Oct 11, 2016

A single concussion experienced by a child or teenager may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood, and multiple head injuries increase the risks of later problems, according to one of the largest, most elaborate studies to date of the impacts of head trauma on the young.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Oct 4, 2016

Doctors from the Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit Center in Killeen, Texas presented a multidisciplinary treatment approach for service members coping with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit Sept. 13-15.

Personnel Today | Oct 4, 2016

When an employee returns to work after suffering a brain injury, it can be difficult to understand how to help them get back into work and move forward in their career without specialist advice.

Stars & Stripes | Oct 4, 2016

For nearly 10 years, Tech. Sgt. David Nafe was largely in the dark as he fought memory loss, migraines, mood swings and stigma. Nothing was the same after a 2005 blast of incoming mortars at a base in Balad, Iraq, that left no outward injuries. For eight years until his head injury was diagnosed. Now, 11 years later, Nafe’s war wound has finally been acknowledged with the Purple Heart

Napa Valley Register | Oct 4, 2016

“After the accident doctors told me that I’d be fine with rest,” Peggy O’Kelly said. “So I went home. But within a few days I knew something was really wrong. I just couldn’t think straight and I often felt emotional and unable to focus. Then one day I was driving with my daughters, and they said, ‘Mom, there’s something wrong with you, you’re not making any sense.’ That’s when I told myself, ‘I don’t care what these doctors are saying, there is something really, really wrong with me.’” After repeated visits, however, O’Kelly’s doctors assured her that the effects of the concussion would not last much longer and that she’d soon be back to normal. She waited and tried to carry on.

The New York Times | Oct 3, 2016

One of the frustrations of researchers who study chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits, is that it can be detected only in autopsies, and not in the living. Researchers, though, have been trying to solve this problem in two primary ways: by identifying biomarkers linked to the disease that show up on imaging tests in certain locations in the brain, and by trying to locate in the blood the protein that is the hallmark of the disease. On Monday, two groups of researchers said they had made what they considered small steps in developing both methods.

TIME | Oct 3, 2016

Since laws requiring more stringent monitoring of people who suffer head injuries in sports went into effect, concussion diagnoses have risen.

The Daily Cardinal | Oct 3, 2016

A new study, launching this October out of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, hopes to gain new insights into the aftermath of a concussion in high school athletes, but the knowledge gained can be applied to student athletes of all ages.

NPR | Oct 3, 2016

Studies of troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have found that service members who suffer a concussion (or mild TBI) are far more likely to develop PTSD, a condition that can cause flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety for years after a traumatic event.

STAT | Oct 3, 2016

Suppose that a million or more members of the US Armed Forces and veterans were suffering from an epidemic that could not be prevented, treated or cured — and 20 of them were dying from it every day. Would we address it as a national emergency, mobilizing resources, coordinating research, and insisting on answers? They are — but we aren’t. It’s time for that to change.

Stuff.co | Sep 22, 2016

The largest review yet of bike helmet use by 64,000 injured cyclists worldwide has found helmets reduce the chances of a serious head injury by nearly 70%. Claims that bike helmets damaged the neck and caused serious brain injury (diffuse axonal injury) were also found to be wrong in the study.

AANS Neurosurgeon | Sep 22, 2016

According to a report by Organized Neurosurgery to the Institute of Medicine, there are approximately 3,689 board-certified neurosurgeons for over 5,700 hospitals in the U.S. serving a population of over 340 million people, but only about 1,600 of these hospitals provide trauma care. Too few neurosurgeons are available to provide trauma and emergency care with only 83 percent of all neurosurgeons providing 24/7 emergency call. There are only 178 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons according to the report, and one-fifth of all neurosurgeons report they no longer treat pediatric cases. The neurosurgical work force appears to be aging with 46 percent or more practicing neurosurgeons over the age of 55. 

FreeThink Media | Sep 22, 2016

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.

SB NAtion | Sep 22, 2016

Head injuries in the NFL are not new, but with more spotlight on their long-term effects to player health, the league has instituted protocol to address the diagnosis and management of concussions. In September, the NFL announced the initiative "Play Smart. Play Safe." to continue to strive for a healthier game.

ABC News | Sep 22, 2016

Levels of certain proteins in the brain and spinal fluid of people who suffer continuing issues as a result of concussions are different from those who haven’t had concussions, according to a new small study published today in JAMA Neurology, raising the possibility that doctors may soon have objective markers to assess the severity of brain damage after head trauma.

NPR | Sep 16, 2016

NPR sits down with Tim Page, former music critic for The Washington Post, who is rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury in July 2015.

Journal of Neurosurgery | Sep 16, 2016

A new study, reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery, finds that graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases concussion in children and adolescents.

PR Newswire | Sep 16, 2016

To help clarify some of the concussion confusion, Merck Manuals author and neuroscience specialist Dr. James Wilberger identifies and debunks five common myths surrounding concussions.

The Norwich Bulletin  | Sep 16, 2016

Imagine yourself at a cookout. You feel over-stimulated by loud voices, laughing, clanking plates and the sound of a lawn mower next door. You try to initiate a conversation but you’re too distracted by the noise. Someone asks you a question but you can’t form the answer fast enough and another person responds instead. Side conversations form around you but you can’t break in. You find yourself isolated even among friends and family. For an individual with a Traumatic Brain Injury these are the very situations that can slowly result in social isolation.

The Buffalo News | Sep 8, 2016

Kicker Bjorn Nittmo chased his NFL dream for more than a decade, including a stop in training camp with the Buffalo Bills. He became a recurring character on 'Late Night with David Letterman.' A head injury left Nittmo so shattered that he walked out on his wife and four children. Years later, he continues to drop in, unannounced and unkempt, before taking off again. His estranged family wants him to get help before it's too late.

The Huffington Post | Sep 8, 2016

For the first five months after my accident, I didn’t talk about my brain injury with anyone. Because I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to explain how I felt, or discuss my symptoms, or detail how my healing was going. Even now, I’d rather my injury not be there (and I know how obvious and stupid that statement sounds). I’d rather not be injured, but I am. I have what neurologists classify as a traumatic brain injury, a TBI.

LiveScience | Sep 8, 2016

In research published today in the The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that six months after the head injury, just over one in four patients who received a craniectomy had died compared to just under a half of patients who received medical management. However, the picture was complicated as patients who survived after a craniectomy were more likely to be dependent on others for care.

UPI | Sep 8, 2016

Parents of children who sustain concussions may be following outdated advice for care and increasing the potential for greater harm, according to a recent survey of parents.

The Washington Post | Sep 8, 2016

It’s riskier for kids to play football than for adults, says an expert who studies a brain disease that can cause a person to be confused and to have problems with memory and anger control.

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