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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.

The Fort Campbell Courier | Jul 8, 2016

Researchers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) are developing a computer algorithm to identify vocal biomarkers that could help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion.

ESPN | Jul 8, 2016

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung sued equipment manufacturer Riddell Inc. on Thursday, saying football helmets that he wore during his professional career in the 1950s and '60s failed to protect him from brain injury.

University of Miami | Jul 8, 2016

Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) improves their learning memory ability, as reported in a new study published online today in the July edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug, a selective phosphodiesterase 4 subtype inhibitor (PDE4B), is currently under development by Tetra Discovery Partners, a privately held biotechnology company and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by University of Miami / Miami Project researchers.

CBC News | Jul 7, 2016

"We know that the real work starts when they leave here," said Emily Ewert, an occupational therapist. But help is limited at that point. "There is no coordinated team to provide the therapies with physio and speech and occupational therapy and social work together as a team. It's a concern in general for going back to the community," said Laura Vandurme, speech and language pathologist.

Newsweek | Jul 5, 2016

For the first time in his life, Bryce Mickelson has been learning about the brain and the many bad things that happen when it’s hit over and over again. Two weeks after being interviewed by a graduate student about his head injury history, Mickelson received a copy of his neuropsychological report, which showed evidence of repeated blunt force brain trauma. The report outlined his cognitive and behavioral challenges and suggested strategies that could help him cope.

Women's Day | Jul 5, 2016

One husband shares how he helps his wife deal with the raw realities of a traumatic brain injury. Nearly 20 years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty, Alexis Courneen struggles with everyday tasks—but lives a full life, thanks to the sweetheart who's always by her side.

America Academy of Pediatrics | Jul 5, 2016

New work published in Pediatrics estimates 1.1 to 1.9 million children and adolescents experience traumatic brain injury each year while playing sports or during recreational activities. Researchers also estimated that most children with such injuries -- between 511,590 and 1,240,972 -- didn't get any medical attention. The researchers used three national databases to provide what is considered the most accurate and precise estimate of such injuries.  

Military times | Jul 1, 2016

Findings show the first physical evidence of brain injury resulting from exposure to high explosives. The brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts in combat, have been found to have microscopic scarring in the star-shaped cells that line the junctions between their gray and white matter. Researchers with the Defense Department’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) say the results could account for the physical and behavioral changes seen in some troops after they return from war.

Genetic Engineering News | Jul 1, 2016

A study comparing the effectiveness of usual care to usual care plus acupuncture in treating patients with post-TBI headaches showed a significant improvement in headache-related quality of life with the with the addition of acupuncture.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette | Jul 1, 2016

The Rodeo Association requires each of its athletes to wear a cowboy hat into the arena to preserve the Western culture that started rodeos. An exception is made for protective helmets and face masks but bull rider Corey Atwell of Moravian Falls, N.H., chose not to wear a helmet. "I grew up wearing a hat," he said. "I would have been considered a sissy if I wore a helmet."

Los Angeles Times | Jul 1, 2016

A UC Irvine survey has confirmed that concussions appear to be prevalent in the sport of water polo, especially for goalies. More than a third of water polo participants reported sustaining a concussion during a game or practice, according to the poll conducted by UC Irvine researchers.

Science Daily | Jul 1, 2016

A new study led by scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) describes a technology that could lead to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, provides a means of homing drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain.

Quartz | Jul 1, 2016

While the plight of famous athletic figures has garnered high levels of scrutiny the typical head injury patient still enters a medical landscape sapped of resources and attention. Me? I’m a 5-foot-3, 25-year-old management consultant living in New York City, whose most impressive athletic achievement is almost winning a JV tennis match in high school. I could hardly have less in common with these professional jocks. But I too endured a concussion, and like many wounded sports pros, I worried about its impact on my career...

KSL (UT) | Jul 1, 2016

TBIs affect an estimated 5.3 million Americans. While these injuries are common, they are among the most devastating injuries a person could suffer. Here are just four of the millions of TBI stories and their messages of hope.

The New York Times | Jun 23, 2016

Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State wrestler and football player who hid concussion symptoms because he felt it was the manly thing to do, killed himself in 2014.

The Washington Post | Jun 22, 2016

Researchers estimate between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children are concussed annually. But they can’t be sure how big the problem is. Many concussions go unnoticed, many children go untreated, and most monitoring systems focus on student-athletes, when recreation league games can carry as much risk. Each system culls incidence information from only one type of provider, whereas injured youths receive care in a variety of settings. That means there’s no centralized source to see who is getting concussed — or how. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to create and oversee a surveillance system to collect data on concussions across the country

CNN | Jun 22, 2016

Every year, almost half a million children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions. In fact, a study published in the June 20 edition of the journal Pediatrics estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher, possibly between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually.

Portland Press Herald | Jun 22, 2016

University of New England has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE’s researchers chose men’s lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.

KUOW (WA) | Jun 21, 2016

A school assembly on the first day of school at Garfield High School in Seattle sounds a lot different to Daisy Emminger, who was a freshman suffering from a concussion. "It was just overwhelming," Emminger said. "And painful.

New Hampshire Union Leader | Jun 21, 2016

Jayme Severance not only survived the 2006 car accident that left him with permanent brain damage, but he relearned to walk, finished high school, graduated college, traveled in France and wrote a 500-page memoir. But there's one more roadblock: He can't get a job.

The Washington Post | Jun 21, 2016

Almost three years after her surgery and two years after she finished therapy, Scurry sees herself as an advocate for women’s health, especially in relation to concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She finds speaking out therapeutic and figures if she, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion, received pushback in pursuit of finding relief, then what issues are young girls facing?

The Washington Post | Jun 16, 2016

Ahead of testifying Tuesday in front of the Congressional traumatic brain injury task force, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1999 World Cup Champion Briana Scurry announced she intends to donate her brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. “I think it’s important that more doctors have female brains to look at to see the similarities and differences and progression of things,” Scurry said. “Obviously, I think my brain could be useful.”

NPR | Jun 13, 2016

A group of specialists called the Gray Team challenged the dogma that said head injuries were serious only if they were obvious and bloody. Bomb blasts can lead to lasting but invisible damage.

The New York Times | Jun 13, 2016

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.

MIT Technology Review | Jun 10, 2016

BrainScope’s technology could eventually be used on the sideline, in the battlefield, or in the emergency room to help clinicians rapidly test for concussions. The test is composed of a disposable headset with sensors that record electrical signals. Placing the headset, recording the signals, and analyzing the data on an Android smartphone application takes just 10 minutes.

Science Daily | Jun 10, 2016

Using an advanced imaging technique, researchers have been able to predict which patients who'd recently suffered concussions were likely to fully recover.

ABC News | Jun 10, 2016

VA Secretary Robert McDonald has granted "equitable relief" to all of the those affected, a policy that will allow veterans to undergo new "ªTBI"¬ exams, conducted by a qualified specialist, and receive disability benefits for diagnosed TBIs from the effective date of the original claim. But some veterans said they feel the measures are not enough.

NPR | Jun 9, 2016

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

CBS News | Jun 9, 2016

"It's so hard to find a job where people can accept me for the way I am and the fact that I have a service dog with me," Lima recalled tearfully telling Lowe's staff. To his surprise, Lowe's Home Improvement said he could keep his canine companion, Blue, by his side -- on one condition: The dog has to wear a vest like any other employee.

The Huffington Post | Jun 8, 2016

Beginning this summer, the researchers behind a nationwide, seven-year, $16 million study will attempt to leap a hurdle that’s never been cleared before. The objective is straightforward: diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living.

Medical Xpress | Jun 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Carnegie Mellon University are putting together a study of degenerative brain disorders that have been linked to head injuries, the first project of its kind among the institutions and among the first in the country to use a novel tool in the search for treatments.

The National Law Review | Jun 7, 2016

A new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that in the medium- to long-term pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), the fractional anisotropy (FA) values for numerous large white matter tracks in comparison to the whole brain were related to cognition. This study, published online in Developmental Neuropsychology, specifically examined the relationship between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) findings and cognition following pediatric traumatic brain injury.

U.S Department of Defense | Jun 7, 2016

Though pinpointing a brain injury mechanism is painstaking, the team at the Army Research Lab's Explosive Technology Branch has taken a multiscale approach to leverage unique explosive testing capabilities that closely resemble actual circumstances the warfighter might experience.

Self Magazine | Jun 7, 2016

She thought she'd lost her father forever—until together, they found a way to stretch the limits of possibility.

The Boston Globe | Jun 6, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s final gift to America was to serve as a living warning against the brutal sport that made him famous. The legendary boxing champion died Friday at 74, after decades of suffering from the damage from his fighting career. It’s probably no coincidence that his long, highly visible struggle paralleled the decline of boxing as a major sport in America, and the growing awareness of brain injuries in all sports. It might be said that boxing picked a fight with Ali — and, no surprise, it lost.

Military Times | Jun 6, 2016

Some post 9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injuries who were denied disability compensation by VA between 2007 and 2015 have another chance to receive their benefits. The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday that more than 24,000 veterans could qualify to receive another medical exam for brain injury without having to refile a claim. Their compensation will be awarded back to the date of the initial claim if they are found to have experienced a TBI.

The Washington Post | Jun 6, 2016

JC’s case is not the first instance of brain injury prompting unusual linguistic changes. Researchers speculate that damage to the brain’s language centers could be involved. Or, perhaps, an injury could harm parts of the brain associated with childhood learning, though leave memories of languages studied later in life intact.

The Boston Globe | Jun 6, 2016

A near-fatal halfpipe crash while training for the 2010 Olympics ended Kevin Pearce’s snowboarding career and changed his life forever. Six years later, Pearce, 28, continues to cope with his traumatic brain injury that he will carry with him for the rest of his life and he’s helping other survivors do the same. Pearce, who grew up in Vermont, and his brother started the Love Your Brain Foundation to support traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers.

UW Today | May 31, 2016

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.

The Washington Post | May 31, 2016

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

NPR | May 31, 2016

Concussions have become part of the daily news. But how much have these brain injuries become part of daily life? To find out, NPR polled people across the country about concussions.

Military Times | May 31, 2016

Identifying effective treatments for combat veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder is a top priority for researchers and clinicians. A variety of talk therapies and medications are available that provide relief to many. However, recognizing the limitations with traditional treatments for PTSD, interest in alternative therapies is growing. And more importantly, so far, the evidence is promising. Transcendental meditation, typically referred to as TM, is one of those promising alternative therapies.

UW Today | May 24, 2016

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.

Washington Post | May 24, 2016

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

Mirror (UK) | May 18, 2016

In the UK someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury every 90 seconds. It could be from a road traffic accident or fall, a stroke or from a tumor, meningitis, aneurysm or hemorrhage. It can leave a lasting impact on people's lives but doesn't mean their life is over. This week is Action for Brain Injury Week and we asked four people to share their stories of what is like to have suffered a brain injury.

Forbes | May 17, 2016

The National Hockey League has had its motion to dismiss class action concussion-related lawsuits filed by former NHL players denied by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. The ruling should allow the NHL player plaintiffs to proceed in seeking discovery from the NHL, which is something the league may want to avoid if there is damning evidence therein.

Bleacher Report | May 17, 2016

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie's first-person story from Collie documenting his experience with concussions, his education in the field of traumatic brain injuries and his quest to help fellow athletes better deal with the recovery process.

WCPO (OH) | May 17, 2016

Dr. Julian Bailes believes high school sports are as safe as ever due to the knowledge of concussions and the understanding of limiting excessive activity. “We know better about how to diagnose and recognize them and also the importance of not sending them back into harm’s way until a concussion has resolved,” Dr. Bailes said.

C-SPAN | May 17, 2016

Parents of student athletes who sustained head injuries, college athletics officials, and representatives from U.S. Lacrosse and USA Hockey testified at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing today

The Huffington Post (UK) | May 17, 2016

In his new documentary ‘A Different Brain’ which airs on Sunday (BBC UK), Louis Theroux met with staff and patients of the Disabilities Trust. He met with people who had brain injuries so severe they’d forever rely on round-the-clock care, as well as those who had experienced injuries and were trying - and often struggling - to gain their independence again. While many of the stories are heartbreaking, they showed that even in the bleakest of situations, love from family members and friends prevails.

New York Daily News | May 17, 2016

Scientists using cutting-edge ligands — substances that bind to receptors and become visible through brain imaging — examine the brains of living at-risk athletes, including NFL and NHL players. The findings of such studies could shape the payouts from the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, which is currently a subject of federal court appeals.

Medical Xpress | May 12, 2016

A new study led by SDSU scientists and recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports suggests that using fruit flies as a TBI model may hold the key to identifying important genes and pathways that promote the repair of and minimize damage to the nervous system.

The San Diego Union-Tribune | May 12, 2016

San Diego's Stemedica says it has allied with the family of hockey great Gordie Howe and an Ohio hospital system to test Stemedica's stem cell therapy on those with traumatic brain injuries. The initial focus is on veterans, athletes and auto injury patients.

9 News (CO) | May 12, 2016

A Colorado mother whose son died after suffering a concussion on the football field is heading to Washington, D.C. on Friday to testify before a congressional subcommittee. On Friday morning, Kelli Jantz will speak before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The committee is taking a closer look at concussions and their implications. Jantz will share the story of her son, Jake Snakenberg.

WHO-TV  | May 10, 2016

It takes a lot of hard work to relearn important skills after suffering a brain injury. A brain injury rehabilitation center in Iowa has a new tool to help people get on with life.

The Citizen | May 10, 2016

Citizen reporter Samantha Wright Allen won the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Saturday for her series Living With Brain Injury about the efforts of local residents, one of them a teenage girl, to rebuild their lives after sustaining serious head injuries.

Quartz | May 10, 2016

Testing for concussion could soon benefit from more technological sophistication. Goggles that look like a VR headset have been designed that can test for the condition in under a minute using eye-tracking technology. The goggles, called Eye-Sync and made by Boston-based SyncThink, are connected to a tablet and contain infra-red cameras that track eye movements.

The Telegraph | May 10, 2016

Four years ago the charity Headway East London started delving into the minds of survivors of major trauma. Their stories shed fascinating light on the shocking and surprising nature of brain injuries, and how little we still understand.

The New York Times | May 10, 2016

Lenders are drawing criticism for marketing high-interest loans to short-of-cash former NFL players who may receive settlement payouts for suffering injuries. “It’s predatory, it’s one-sided and it preys on people with brain injuries. You’re lending to someone who may not have the full legal capacity to understand what they are signing," says Richard H. Adler, a lawyer in Seattle who is not affiliated with the players but specializes in representing clients with traumatic brain injuries.

The Washington Post | May 5, 2016

A university in Ohio will pay $712,000 to a former football player who said the team’s coaches and medical staff didn’t pull him from practice right away after he suffered multiple concussions that led to a permanent brain injury.

Malvern Patch (PA) | May 5, 2016

On Thursday, April 28, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital hosted a reception to view the gallery display of masks created by survivors of brain injury. Speech language pathologist, Jessica Petrongolo, spear-headed this project at Bryn Mawr Rehab and introduced the concept to her patients as a method of expression for their feelings associated with their brain injury. It quickly caught on and the project expanded into other areas of treatment including survivor support groups.

USA Today | May 5, 2016

A Central Florida girls lacrosse player and her family have filed a negligence lawsuit against the student athlete’s school district and the Florida High School Athletic Association, citing negligence that allegedly led to a traumatic brain injury following a violent check to her head during a game.

Forbes | May 4, 2016

You might say Dr. Roger Zemek wrote the book on how to treat children and teens who’ve suffered a concussion. But now, Zemek says, at least one key recommendation in the guidelines probably needs to be revised. That’s the part that says children and teens should avoid any kind of physical activity until their headaches and other concussion symptoms go away.

Task & Purpose | May 4, 2016

“Oh, you’re a veteran, huh? Do you have PTSD?” Vets are often asked this question inappropriately, but there’s a smart way to answer that can change the stereotype.

Chicago Tribune | May 3, 2016

A New York state judge on Friday said the league must make its officials and doctors as well as relevant documents available to the insurance companies. The decision could force the NFL to reveal exactly what it knew, and when, about the effects of concussions on professional football players. The league has only recently acknowledged a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that can only be diagnosed posthumously.