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Craig Press (CO) | Jun 24, 2019

After a stroke or traumatic injury to the brain, some patients will experience decreased language and speech abilities — a common yet often misunderstood condition known as aphasia. Joan Parnell, a speech-language pathologist at Memorial Regional Health, discusses aphasia facts and common misconceptions.

ABC News | Jun 21, 2019
A quicker, more precise method for diagnosing concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) may be on the way. The Food and Drug Administration has designated a portable test for diagnosing and potentially even predicting outcomes in mTBI patients for its Breakthrough Devices Program, which fast-tracks the development, testing and approval of new devices that have the potential to change medical care for life-threatening or debilitating conditions. The device, made by the company BRAINBox Solutions, is a blood test to determine if they’ve had a concussion and will be compared with both computerized imaging of a patient’s brain function and clinical diagnosis tools to test its accuracy.
Medical Xpress | Jun 21, 2019

Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. The findings were published June 14 in the international journal Brain Pathology.

The New York Times | Jun 20, 2019

Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi's decision to ignore medical advice and keep batting even after being floored by a bouncer on Tuesday has prompted demands that cricketers should not be allowed to take those calls.

MD Magazine | Jun 20, 2019

Psychotherapeutic treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) lack data to defend their being preferred over pharmacological treatments, according to a new meta-analysis.

NeurologyToday | Jun 20, 2019

Researchers reported that older people who experienced a concussion had about double the risk of developing dementia in subsequent years compared with a similar age group in the general population.

The New York Times | Jun 18, 2019
Chronic insomnia, which affects 5 percent to 10 percent of older adults, is more than just exhausting. It’s also linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, depression, anxiety and premature death. It may also be a risk factor for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease.
Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jun 18, 2019
Living with a brain injury means a lot of things can change. Conversations change. Relationships change. Your thoughts about yourself may change. Alyssa Strauss discusses her experiences of feeling misunderstood because of her traumatic brain injury.
WBFO (Buffalo, NY) | Jun 18, 2019
Ontario fans of the Toronto Raptors watching a championship finals game last week suddenly saw a rough TV ad about the risks of concussions—a young women was hurt in a soccer game and started to bleed from her nose, but kept playing because she is "doin' whatever it takes." The ad was part of the provincial government's hard push against concussions in its Hit-Stop-Sit campaign. The goal is to ensure young people across canada are safer by requiring checks if a young athlete appears to have suffered a concussion. The campaign covers coaches, families and athletes.
VAntage Point | Jun 18, 2019
VA and the Kristine Yaffe Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, have taken a new approach to understanding the association of mild TBI with dementia among Veterans. Their recent study, one of the largest in the United States, included 178,779 Veterans in the VA health care system who were diagnosed with various levels of TBI severity. The study found that TBI with and without LOC are both associated with a heightened risk of developing dementia. Even mild TBI without LOC was associated with more than a twofold increase in the risk of a dementia diagnosis.
WGN Radio | Jun 18, 2019
Physician, post-traumatic stress disorder specialist, trauma scientist and author Shaili Jain talks about how humans are inclined to deny traumatic events, how long PTSD has been part of the human existence, the democratization of PTSD, the various treatments for PTSD and why it is a great time to be involved in the study of the science of PTSD.
SB Nation | Jun 18, 2019
Two studies claim choking can lead to CTE, but each has been met with skepticism from within the medical science community. One study included the story of a 40-year-old subject who practiced MMA for a decade and was later diagnosed with CTE. The study claimed the subject’s CTE largely resulted from repetitive sub-concussive brain trauma received both in training and competition. Additionally, the study referenced repetitive choking as playing a possible role in the subject's CTE development.
HealthDay News | Jun 18, 2019
Head injuries from riding electric scooters without a helmet are on the rise, a new study reports. Between 2008 and 2017, nearly 32,000 injuries were estimated nationwide, according to a review of records in the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance system. The most common injuries were closed head injuries, such as concussions, and bleeding or bruising of the brain, the researchers found.
Spectrum News | Jun 18, 2019
Why were so many girls getting concussions on the field in this age group? The boys reported concussions as well, but not like the girls. More than 3 million kids play in competitive soccer clubs, with the majority of those players in northeastern states, including upstate New York. Statistics show participation is split almost equally between boys and girls. But according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons latest study on youth sports, high school girls in soccer are at the highest risk for concussions.
Education Week | Jun 13, 2019
A growing number of children have experienced a brain injury—yet most teachers have never learned in preparation or professional development how to work with them. "I think people are realizing that there are a lot more of these kids out there in schools than we realized," said Ann Glang, the director and research professor at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at the University of Oregon. She has worked to create an online course for teachers to learn evidence-based strategies for working with students with traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. The course relaunched last month to offer teachers credit for a continuing education unit.
USA Today | Jun 13, 2019
Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros is hoping a new campaign launched across Ontario will help amateur athletes, parents and coaches better identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion after his career was cut short by repeated blows to the head. "You see anything that's off or someone's not feeling quite right, let's pull them (out of the game)," Lindros told The Canadian Press this week. "Let's not even question it." The provincial government's ad campaign — called "Hit. Stop. Sit." — follows the passing of Rowan's Law, the first of its kind in Canada and set to take effect July 1. The law is named after Rowan Stringer, a youth rugby player who died in 2013 from second impact syndrome after suffering multiple concussions.
Genetic Literacy Project | Jun 13, 2019
Millions of middle-aged Americans like Andrews now find themselves on the precipice of memory loss. Some played contact sports as kids; others have close relatives with dementia or are battling early senior moments. A number of brain disorders, including CTE, can only be officially diagnosed with an autopsy, so many people live without knowing much about the trajectories their minds are taking. To help fill these gaps, David Merrill, a psychiatrist and brain researcher at the University of California, and other doctors are researching the use of brain-measuring software along with existing brain scans called MRIs. While the new volume-based analysis is neither definitive nor foolproof, it provides detail and context that may sharpen a neurologist’s judgment of what’s happening inside the brain.
Neurology Advisor | Jun 12, 2019
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, RA Stern, Ph.D., Boston University Research CTE Center and colleagues noted that the ability to detect CTE in the brains of living individuals could improve our understanding of the disease and inform research regarding prevention and treatment. To that end, they evaluated patterns of tau and amyloid-beta deposition in the brains of 26 former NFL players and 31 healthy controls, using flortaucipir positron-emission tomography (PET) and florbetapir PET.
Jefferson Public Radio | Jun 12, 2019
Anybody who watches a fair amount of sports is used to the concept of concussion. It's bad enough when adults get their brains rattled; it can derail a life plan for a young person working to get through school. So the University of Oregon's Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) started a project to help teachers help students with brain injuries. We learn about the project from CBIRT Director Ann Glang and Project Coordinator Melissa McCart in this month's edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio, our joint venture with UO.
The Good Men Project | Jun 10, 2019
Today we pause to remember Joseph Chernach on the anniversary of his passing. Joseph Chernach (July 11, 1986 – June 6, 2012) was a multi-sport athlete youth through high school. He played tackle football with Pop Warner for 4 years, and high school an additional 4 years. He was MVP of the high school football team, all-state defensive back, and awarded senior athlete. Symptoms of CTE started shortly after high school, including paranoia, mood issues, depression and suicidal thoughts. He died by suicide at the age of 25, and diagnosed with brain damage and Stage II-III CTE.
Arizona Daily Star | Jun 10, 2019
Events that lead to homelessness are myriad and complex. Still, it can't be coincidence that over half of all homeless men in a 2014 study conducted by Neuroscience Research Program for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada were found to have sustained a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The implications of the study's findings are huge and indicate the danger of being homeless with a brain injury are two-fold. Brain injury can lead to cognitive defects that include diminished executive function, the ability to actually do something the brain injury survivor may know intellectually they need to do, such as seek shade or water. This can add to litany of reasons life on the street and in the elements is already dangerous for anyone.
Ringside News | Jun 10, 2019
Perry Saturn was going through some really hard times not too long ago. The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) alum was dealing with brain trauma from so many brutal matches and he was broke, homeless, and addicted to drugs. "I don't have that any more," Saturn said referring to his drug problem and being homeless as he spoke to Bill Apter at 1 Wrestling. Perry Saturn also had a great update about his current brain issues. "I'm recovering and getting better from the CTE. It's gotten a lot better, you know? So it was very bleak at first and some people it gets to a point and sometimes it doesn't. I'm one of the lucky ones."
University of South Florida | Jun 10, 2019
Elementary school-aged children who participate in recreational sports are at greater risk of concussion than most other sports-related injuries. A new study published in PLOS ONE focused on children 5-11 years old who play recreational football, soccer and baseball/softball.
Healio MedBlog | Jun 10, 2019
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive, degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head impacts, such as those suffered by boxers and football players. In the later stages, it affects memory, judgment, mood and control of behavior. Many people are familiar with famous football players like Ken Stabler and Aaron Hernandez who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). We now know that the disease likely has its foundation early in life, but there are several things that parents, coaches and primary care providers (including optometrists) can do to help reduce the risk of young players developing CTE in the future. | Jun 10, 2019
Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, who tragically passed away after a boxing match in his native Edmonton, Alberta in 2017, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Hague was diagnosed with the condition via autopsy.