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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.

ESPN | Sep 8, 2016

The lawsuits initially accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the link between concussions and CTE. The settlement awards up to $4 million for past CTE deaths but the average payouts would be closer to $190,000. Critics complain that the settlement does not cover future CTE cases, even though it might be able to be diagnosed in the living within 10 years.

Outside | Sep 1, 2016

Michael “Biker” Sherlock, a noted downhill skateboarder and street luger who won multiple medals at the X Games and Gravity Games, sustained many head injuries during his career. On December 3, 2015, he committed suicide in San Diego, California. Two of Biker’s sisters provided this statement:

The New York Times | Aug 30, 2016

New research showing that young athletes heal faster if they leave a game after a head injury discourages playing through pain.

Outside  | Aug 30, 2016

When the news broke in May that BMX legend Dave Mirra, who committed suicide in February, had the degenerative brain disease CTE, everything changed in the world of action sports. Cyclists, skiers, and "¨other athletes began asking: are we subject to the same concussion and CTE risks that have been so widely reported in the NFL?

Uproxx | Aug 30, 2016

"Sometimes people actually kind of treat me like a super hero and what they don't realize is that there is a dark side to this gift," says Derek Amato. After suffering a massive concussion, Derek was amazed to find that he had gained the ability to play the paino. Really, really well.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Aug 29, 2016

Have a heart attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or Pittsburg, Kansas, and the treatment will be virtually the same — down to the type, amount and timing of various drugs that are given in the emergency room. Not so with #concussions, where treatment mostly turns on the preferences of the person providing the care, said Robert Cantu, co-director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine

WVXU | Aug 29, 2016

University of Cincinnati researchers are looking deep inside the brain to figure out why some head injury patients recover and others do not. It appears linked to what's called a "brain tsunami," or damaging, seizure-like waves that spread slowly through the brain following a traumatic injury. Eventually doctors hope to prevent this wave of secondary damage. But the first step is to come up with a good way to identify when a patient is having a brain tsunami.

Zap2it | Aug 29, 2016

The thing we really wanted to get across is there’s all this talk about concussions in football … but the topic we really didn’t see discussed on television was the fact that concussions are a very small part of the problem. There are these sub-concussive hits every time players collide, and those add up over time which is what causes CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).

The State Press | Aug 29, 2016

An ASU doctoral student and associate professor is shining a new light on the world of brain injuries and cognition in veterans returning to civilian and academic life, emphasizing shortcomings in treatment and diagnosis of cognitive issues in multiple stages of military healthcare.

University of Arkansas | Aug 29, 2016

Young athletes with sport-related concussions who were not immediately removed from the field took nearly twice as long to recover as those who did not continue to play, according to a research team led by University of Arkansas professor R.J. Elbin and colleagues at three other universities.

Fox News | Aug 23, 2016

There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence. The abuse from her ex-partner took a heavy emotional toll, Contreras says. But even though he sometimes knocked her out, she hadn't considered that her brain might have been as damaged as her psyche

Fox News | Aug 23, 2016

For the first time, doctors can now evaluate signs and symptoms of head injuries with two new testing devices approved by the FDA. The devices are not intended to diagnose concussion, but are meant to test cognitive skills such as word memory, reaction time and word recognition.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Aug 23, 2016

Nearly 20 years after a car accident, Janna Hockenjos’ father was still grappling with the effects of a brain injury that damaged his frontal lobe, the control center for executive functions. He struggled with addiction and made poor decisions. He was impulsive and angry. He couldn’t work and couldn’t focus. Janna suggested her father try yoga with her. Six months later, he was less impulsive, more kind and started to engage with the world.

Reuters | Aug 23, 2016

Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury ("ªTBI"¬) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests.

The Irish Times | Aug 23, 2016

Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, battled to get appropriate rehabilitative therapy for their son. “We were told there was little we could do and the best option was to place him in a nursing home and maintain him until he died.” Instead they brought him to Germany where he got intensive, long-term rehabilitation not available back home, and progressed in ways they were told he never could.

DCoE | Aug 18, 2016

For scientists who study traumatic brain injury, July was a significant month for the future of TBI research: the TBI Model Systems (TBIMS) National Database study reached 15,000 participants. The database collects standardized recovery and outcomes data on patients with TBIs serious enough to require hospitalization. “The longevity and the participant numbers together are what make this research hugely important,” said Dr. Felicia Qashu, program officer for the Common Fund at the National Institutes of Health.

STAT News | Aug 15, 2016

Not many athletes are interested in getting tested. Insurers won’t pay. And now, even some proponents of the tests are backing away. They’re expressing qualms about giving athletes, and their parents, unsettling news about the risks lurking in their genes — including the possibility that the children most at risk of problems after a concussion may also have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

U.S. News & World Report | Aug 12, 2016

A leading expert brain trauma expert and former TV honcho launch an investigation into a traumatic brain injury that's very existence is still debated by some scientists, yet one that grows more real with each new casualty – a deadly condition that appears, most cruelly, to prey almost exclusively on young athletes.

The Dallas Morning News | Aug 12, 2016

Morgan Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, realized there was so much to learn about the brain, how it worked and how it was affected by injury. He didn’t want to just wait around while doctors and scientists tried to determine the best way to treat injuries to the brain. He wanted to be part of the solution.

The Huffington Post | Aug 10, 2016

It’s hard to fully explain to people what I am — still — going through because a concussion is not a visible injury. For those of us who have experienced this type of trauma, you understand its magnificence. Life is not the same as it was before the concussion.

The Huffington Post | Aug 10, 2016

Searching for British athlete Ellie Downie yields a lot of headlines commending her pluckiness after she sustained a head injury during her floor routine for the women’s gymnastics qualification round Sunday. Should we really cheer when an Olympian plays through a head injury? Or should medical professionals have saved Ellie Downie from herself?

CNN | Aug 5, 2016

Scientists have captured in real-time video what happens to a brain cell after experiencing a major concussion-causing impact.

NewsMax | Aug 5, 2016

With the "ªOlympics"¬ getting underway, Olympic gold medalist Briana Scurry is on a campaign to alert other athletes to the dangers of severe head injuries.

The Denver Post | Aug 5, 2016

Most of us think of pretzel-like shapes when we think of yoga, but teachers training for an upcoming adaptive-yoga course had to take on a different challenge. The techniques teachers learned in recent sessions equipped them to teach a community just beginning to dip their toes into yoga — those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The Washington Post | Aug 2, 2016

Chris Rolfe of D.C. United, in his first extended interview since suffering a concussion in April, describes his trials in vivid detail.

Deadspin | Aug 2, 2016

In an effusive press release, the league heralded the “commitment to protecting the health and safety of NFL players.” It also framed the new policy as one of many collaborations between the NFL and the players union to improve player health and safety. Which sounds really good! Until you read it.

The Columbus Dispatch | Aug 1, 2016

In 2011 an Ohio State team of researchers began a five-year study to find whether deep-brain stimulation — which uses electricity to regulate, block or stimulate brain waves — could improve patients with severe traumatic brain injuries.

SB Nation | Aug 1, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s latest symptoms, which include issues with balance and nausea, are believed to have resulted from two crashes within a four-week span. "There's certain things you can race through, but one of the things you cannot race through is concussion-like symptoms," said Earnhardt.

The Huffington Post | Aug 1, 2016

“You look great! You must be fully recovered!” “You look great! You must be feeling good!” I have come to loathe these phrases. I know they are usually said with good intentions; however, they are most often so far from the actual truth that it is frustrating to hear.

The New York Times | Aug 1, 2016

The Heads Up Football program has been sold to youth football leagues and parents as statistically proven to reduce injuries, but a review of the evidence tells a different story. The NFL and USA Football claim that an independent study showed that the Heads Up Football program reducing injuries by 76%  and concussions by about 30%. That study, published in July 2015, showed no such thing, a review by The New York Times has found.

The New York Times | Jul 22, 2016

A plan to end the state’s opposition to mixed martial arts will require licensed MMA fighters and professional boxers to obtain the highest minimum insurance coverage in the country.

Vancouver Sun | Jul 22, 2016

Vancouver General Hospital intensive care specialists Dr. Donald Griesdale and Dr. Mypinder Sekhon explain a new medical procedure to more effectively monitor brain oxygen and brain blood pressure levels in patients with traumatic brain injury. Competitive freestyle skier, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, was the first patient to be treated while she was in a coma.

The Good Men Project | Jul 22, 2016

Thirty years ago, I abruptly quit playing high school football right before playoffs. I’d racked up 13 concussions from age four through 16 and got most of them while playing sports. I went to the hospital after my first few concussions, but then I began hiding them so I could keep playing. I didn’t know how to tell anyone I had a concussion because I was brainwashed into believing that concussions didn’t harm the brain and all I needed to do was suck them up. After every new concussion, my symptoms were worse and it took longer to recover, they were having a negative impact on my athletic ability, academics, and relationships. I was losing the “real me” and I didn’t like who I was becoming. Neither did anyone else.

The New York Times | Jul 22, 2016

For years, the NFL relied on, and endorsed the medical expertise of, a rheumatologist with no formal training in neurology or brain science who denied a link between head trauma and certain brain diseases even as scientific evidence of a strong connection mounted. Dr. Pellman’s sudden departure comes as the NFL tries to repair the damage done by him and other medical professionals hired by the league who ultimately tried to explain away the dangers of concussions and head trauma.

The Guardian | Jul 21, 2016

Now researchers have updated the 100-year-old map in a scientific tour de force which reveals that the human brain has at least 180 different regions that are important for language, perception, consciousness, thought, attention and sensation. The landmark achievement hands neuroscientists their most comprehensive map of the cortex so far, one that is expected to supersede Brodmann’s as the standard researchers use to talk about the various areas of the brain.

Chicago Tribune | Jul 19, 2016

The suit alleges that the wrestlers incurred long term neurological injuries in the course of working for the company, failed to care for them and even fraudulently misrepresented and concealed the nature and extent of those injuries. The class-action suit addressed the possibility of the company invoking a contact-sports exception for negligence liability by stating, "WWE wrestling matches, unlike other contact sports, involve very specific moves that are scripted, controlled, directed and choreographed by WWE. As such the moves that resulted in Named Plaintiffs' head injuries were the direct result of the WWE's actions."

North Carolina Health News | Jul 19, 2016

At the heart of the dilemma for these two families is government, hospital and insurance company policies and practices that tend to abandon full-scale rehabilitation efforts for people with traumatic brain injury, after 60 days. In Zack’s case, the Irby family says, his periodic improvements in brain and physical function have been hijacked by stretches in which he was denied meaningful therapy.

SB Nation | Jul 19, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr. publicly discussed his concussion symptoms for the first time in a weekly podcast on his website that posted yesterday afternoon. Earnhardt has a history of head injuries. He suffered a concussion in 2002 and two within a six-week span in 2012. In March, the 41-year-old pledged to donate his brain to science for concussion research.

DoD News | Jul 19, 2016

For Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Tony Mannino, art and music therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Maryland, is a way for him to recover from his traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

SB Nation | Jul 18, 2016

The latest revelation in the ongoing legal war between WWE attorney and the lawyer who is representing Vito LoGrasso and Evan Singleton in a concussion lawsuit against the company, is that WWE has subpoenaed Dr. Bennet Omalu to hand over his research on Chris Benoit and other deceased wrestlers, plus any correspondence with Chris Nowinski and his Concussion Legacy Foundation.

DoD News | Jul 18, 2016

This is the first article in a five-part series on the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, that will highlight its mission, the people who work there, its research and technology, its clinical programs and how it has helped service members on their road to recovery.

Georgetown University Medical Center | Jul 18, 2016

Eleven years ago medical journalist Susan Okie, MD, first introduced readers to two U.S. Army veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iraq, and the challenges they faced in the recovery period after returning home. In the July 14 issue of the The New England Journal of Medicine, Okie describes her follow-up interviews with the soldiers, and the slow journey to recovery that continues more than a decade later.

Military Times | Jul 14, 2016

Veterans Affairs officials aren't saying how 24,000 veterans were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury by VA physicians considered unqualified to make such a determination, but on Wednesday, told Congress the department is working to resolve related disability claims problems.

TIME | Jul 13, 2016

In a new study published in JAMA Neurology, researchers find stronger reason to be concerned about the long term effects of head injuries, particularly when it comes to Parkinson’s disease, which recently contributed to the death of Muhammad Ali.

Scientific America | Jul 13, 2016

Preliminary research presented to the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that soldiers with "ª‎TBI"¬ go on to develop hormonal deficiencies and symptoms that could be mistaken for "ª‎PTSD"¬ as much as 40% of the time. Several other small studies over the past six years suggest a similar relationship. Combat is not the only arena in which scientists have found a connection between TBI and hormone dysfunction. Several studies have suggested that head injuries on the sports field or in car accidents are linked with an increase in pituitary disorders.

Newton Tab | Jul 13, 2016

The test includes a computerized exam, balance tests and eye tracking tests. It is recommended that baseline testing be performed every year until age 13 and every two years afterward. “It is just a good thing to have on file,” Cindy Sullivan said. “My son plays football and has been fortunate enough not to have a concussion."

Creators | Jul 13, 2016

Chuck Norris talks about a new way to look at the "ª‎unseen injuries"¬ of war. "For those combat veterans exposed to these injuries and now living with the aftermath, several former Special Operations soldiers told the New York Times that just being told they have a physical wound rather than a mental one makes a big difference, even if the injury is, at present, incurable."

The Huffington Post | Jul 11, 2016

A widely publicized new study in the journal Pediatrics has reignited concern about concussions in children and young adults. The study, which looked at health insurance claims for almost 9 million Americans, found that concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. The big question is whether the increase reflects a true rise in the number of injuries or an increase in diagnoses -- or both.

Science Daily | Jul 11, 2016

A new molecule could protect the brain from cognitive impairments after a mild traumatic brain injury, according to Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists. Further studies could establish the potential for a single dose of TXM-peptides to prevent damage if administered even one hour after brain trauma.

SB Nation | Jul 11, 2016

I get to learn about brains now. Unfortunately, I have to start with my own. Over the past few months I've been fighting headaches on a nearly daily basis. I know the cause. I hoped the headaches might be diet related, so I have tried using more caffeine, no caffeine, sugar, no sugar - you name it. Take all things diet-related and stick them in a list and I’ve tried them. If I have one more person tell me I’m not hydrating enough I will kill them. None of these have had an effect on the headaches so in June I finally had a brain MRI.

Medical News Today | Jul 8, 2016

Athletes may still experience long-term brain changes even after they feel they have recovered from the injury. These findings have important implications for managing concussions and determining recovery in athletes who have experienced a sports-related concussion.

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