UPI | May 3, 2016
High school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their college counterparts, a new study finds. But those who play in youth football leagues are the most likely to get back on the field less than 24 hours after a concussion, the researchers discovered.
The Washington Post | May 3, 2016
Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.
Yes! Magazine | Apr 29, 2016
Unlike players in the NFL, women who struggle with lifelong effects of concussions from abuse are rarely diagnosed. In Phoenix, scientists and advocates are working to change that. According to the CDC, nearly a quarter of American women experience extreme physical violence from intimate partners during their lives. Suffering repeated blows to the head, strangulation, and being violently shaken or slammed against the wall puts them at risk for TBI. But the lack of adequate screening and identification systems means that brain injuries often go unrecognized.
VICE | Apr 29, 2016
With the family of soccer player Jeff Astle claiming to know up to 250 other ex-players who suffer from degenerative brain diseases, VICE UK spoke to an expert about the implications for the sport.
USA Today | Apr 29, 2016
The concussion issue just got worse for contact sports. “Our findings add to a growing body of literature demonstrating that a single season of contact sports can result in brain changes regardless of clinical findings or concussion diagnosis,” said senior author Dr. Joseph Maldjian, Neuroradiology Division Chief and Advanced Neuroscience Imaging Research Lab Director at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern.
PBS NewsHour | Apr 29, 2016
What if coaches could know as soon as an athlete sustains a head injury? A startup in upstate New York has a wearable device that could help keep players safer by sending alerts and measuring hits as soon as they happen.
Observer | Apr 29, 2016
Tablet-based games test whether a player should go back on the field.
NPR | Apr 28, 2016
Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.
ABC News (PA) | Apr 28, 2016
Remember the days of "You just got your bell rung, get back in there!" and "Shake it off!"? Times have certainly changed, and concussion practices continue to evolve from professional sports all the way down to youth leagues. See how concussion awareness has changed from then to now.
Brant News | Apr 28, 2016
The first installment in a four-part series chronicling writer Jesse Ferguson’s experience living with an acquired brain injury. "This is one account of an acquired brain injury (ABI), my own," says writer Jesse Ferguson in his four-part series chronicling his experience living with an acquired brain injury. "Brain injury can end a person’s life as they know it – it can eat you up and spit you out as a completely different person. That’s exactly what happened to me. I lost the physical abilities that I guess I took for granted. People don’t know their life can end before they die. Mine did."
Newsweek | Apr 27, 2016
New technologies suggest that for years doctors have over diagnosed patients as vegetative, and underestimated their ability to regain consciousness.
The Washington Post | Apr 27, 2016
Boxer Paulie Malignaggi, the former welterweight world champion, and a handful of other fighters visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to announce funding that will allow the Cleveland Clinic’s study of fighters’ brains to continue and also share the news that in Nevada, every licensed fighter will now be required to undergo brain testing.
DoD News | Apr 27, 2016
While significant progress has been made in diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries from a decade and a half of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, challenges remain for the wounded and their families, two military physicians involved in the effort told a Senate panel last week.
Bradenton Herald | Apr 26, 2016
Concussions are a familiar injury to Jeff and Amanda Staples of Haymarket, Va. Their ninth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter play ice hockey. Both have experienced concussions, but their daughter's case last fall was treated much differently than their son's several years ago.
The Huffington Post | Apr 26, 2016
Speaking at the DSBN International Concussion Summit, the former Buffalo Bills Pro Bowler Thurman Thomas said, "One thing that I realized is that discussing the effects of concussions and the reality of the situation doesn’t make me less of a man, less tough, less loyal to the National Football League, [have] a less love for the game. All it means is that I’m not an ignorant fool, and that I don’t ignore factual evidence that this is happening to not only football players, but [to other athletes]."
Neurology Advisor | Apr 26, 2016
Hormonal changes, which are often linked to blast-related concussions leading to problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, and poor quality of life, may be prevalent in US military veterans, according to results from a new study conducted in male US service members who had been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
CNBC | Apr 25, 2016
It's not just concussions, it's the "repetitive trauma…minor trauma found in every play of the game, routinely," says Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center that studies the impact of head trauma and concussions. Rather, "over time, years of exposure to…mild head trauma in some individuals leads to this progressive deterioration that usually shows up years later."
ESPN | Apr 25, 2016
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas opened up for the first time Friday about the effects of concussions he suffered during his 13-year NFL career. Thomas told the crowd at the District School Board of Niagara's international summit on concussions that he had not yet publicly discussed his symptoms.
Neurology Today | Apr 22, 2016
The first prospective study of pre-injury contributors to concussion recovery indicates that athletes with higher preinjury somatization symptoms who become concussed report more severe post-concussive symptoms, and take longer to experience symptom recovery. The study was published in the April 20 online edition of Neurology.
Stars and Stripes | Apr 22, 2016
If they are to find the answers, the research community must share information to find a cure – something it isn’t doing now, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, a retired Army Vice Chief of Staff. “If we are going to make progress in traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress research, we really have got to start collaborating and working together in ways that most researchers cannot imagine,” said Chiarelli.
Park Forest News | Apr 22, 2016
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced that he has pledged to donate his brains to advance brain research conducted by VA in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “As I listened to the very powerful personal stories from Veterans and the challenges the world’s top researchers are working to overcome in TBI, I made a decision: I decided to join the hundreds of Veterans and athletes who have already donated their brain to the VA Brain Bank so that I may, in a small way, contribute to the vital research happening to better understand brain trauma.”
Harvard Health | Apr 20, 2016
An article recently published in JAMA proposed a risk scoring system that could make it easier for clinicians to guide families of children who just suffered a concussion going forward. The study looked at 46 separate risk factors, and determined that nine of them seemed to help predict the likelihood of persistent post-concussive symptoms.
The Globe and Mail | Apr 20, 2016
Wayne had a healthy sex life with his wife until a motor-vehicle accident eight years ago caused a traumatic brain injury. “I love him, but there’s not that intimacy or touch, there’s nothing,” says Deborah, who has been married to Wayne for 25 years. While Wayne and Deborah’s candor may be rare, their experience is common.
The Mercury News | Apr 20, 2016
Former Oakland Raiders players Art Thoms and George Buehler share experiences of life after the "ªNFL"¬ and possibility of facing degenerative brain disease, such as "ªCTE"¬. "In the past, a lot of these folks suffered in silence," said Chris Nowinski, co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. "To see that changing, I'm hoping, is a positive in that it lets people seek professional help. Damaging someone's brain, especially when it is voluntary, is a tragedy."
Vancouver Sun | Apr 20, 2016
Lee Woodruff was in Vancouver this week to accept the Public Leadership in Neurology Award on Bob’s behalf at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) conference. The Vancouver Sun spoke to Lee Tuesday. This is an edited and condensed version of the conversation.
NPR | Apr 19, 2016
A federal appeals court has affirmed an NFL settlement with retired players that could cost the league $1 billion to handle brain-injury claims over the next 65 years, rejecting appeals from players who disagreed with the terms of the deal. Covering more than 20,000 retired players, the settlement promises to end hundreds of lawsuits filed by athletes who say they suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
MIT Technology Review | Apr 19, 2016
Wearable devices help “measure the unseen” to improve TBI detection and treatment.
Orlando Sentinel | Apr 19, 2016
Dr. Linda Papa, an emergency physician at Orlando Regional Medical Center, started researching concussions more than a decade ago, when the topic wasn't as popular as it is today. Papa's latest study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, may be getting her closer to the tool she's been looking for: a blood test that would detect mild to moderate brain injuries.
NBC News (TX) | Apr 19, 2016
Texas may be one step closer to a statewide system to track concussions in school sports. Sunday the University Interscholastic League voted to move forward in creating a concussion database that would track the number of concussions happening in school sports in Texas.
Neurology Advisor | Apr 19, 2016
Select metrics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) significantly correlated with clinical measures, according to new research. Presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the longitudinal study aimed to predict outcomes by determining multimodal MRI data features that are associated with clinical symptoms in patients with mTBI.
The Irish Times | Apr 19, 2016
The recent death of MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Joao Carvalho from a traumatic brain injury underscores the serious dangers inherent in the sport. While the risks of head injury from boxing are well documented there is a relative paucity of research into the risks from MMA. Canadian researchers writing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2014 found that a MMA fighter suffered a traumatic brain injury in almost one third of professional bouts.
Imperial College London | Apr 19, 2016
Engineers have developed a computer program that mimics how doctors assess patient scans to determine signs of traumatic brain injury. This year, the team will use the computer program in a large-scale European study. Data from 5,000 patients will be collected from 30 hospitals across Europe and the program will be used to identify TBI in scans.
Healio | Apr 19, 2016
Tamara Wexler, MD, PhD, director of the Pituitary Center at New York University Langone Medical Center, gives her perspective on current research into traumatic brain injury. Wexler highlights a study about chronic pituitary effects following TBI and the possible benefits of growth hormone therapy on fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. The researchers are approaching this condition as a previously uncharacterized chronic disease.
The Washington Post | Apr 12, 2016
A study that will be presented at next week’s American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting offers one of the most conclusive pieces of evidence yet of a definitive link between brain injury and playing football. It shows that “more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players … had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging,” according to a press release from the AAN.
The Washington Post | Apr 11, 2016
Doctors have found that more active and targeted therapies can producebetter recovery. “We’re taking active, individualized approaches, rather than just having them rest and waiting for the brain to right itself on its own,” said Brooke Pengel, medical director of youth sports medicine at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
CBS (Denver) | Apr 11, 2016
"Concussion goggles" are helping kids to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Students at McAuliffe International School had an opportunity to try out the goggles and learn how it feels to walk after suffering a brain injury. "Distorted vision. I feel kind of dizzy, and my balance is kind of offset," says student Aidean Stewart.
The Atlantic | Apr 8, 2016
Steve Mishkin's unexpected recovery is a case study in luck, split-second decisions, and the many, many things that need to go right for a trauma patient to get well.
The Journal | Apr 8, 2016
Recovery from TBI is personal – each person gets better at his or her own pace, which may be influenced by age, severity of injury and other factors, explains U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Sherray Holland. In addition to early intervention, she said it’s important that those who suffer a TBI take care of themselves, “taking things slow and getting rest.” Family and employer understanding and support are also critical to recovery, she added.
the New York Times | Apr 8, 2016
A. J. Tarpley, a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, said that he is retiring because of repeated concussions, the latest young player to walk away from football because of worries about his long-term health. “This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet, but after much research and contemplation, I believe it’s what is best for me going forward,” Tarpley wrote on his Instagram account.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 8, 2016
Pennsylvania coaches, athletic directors and trainers representing athletic leagues and schools came to hear Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, former Steelers running back Merril Hoge and others discuss head injuries in football, especially at the high school and youth levels:
The Washington Post | Apr 7, 2016
We’d had some practice already in difficult question territory. Our approach was to play it straight: answer no more but also no less than the question asked, and follow our daughter’s lead. The difference with the aneurysm was that she didn’t know there was a question to ask. The scar that runs across the top of my head is buried beneath my hair. I’m blind in one eye, but my eyes track normally. A prosthesis fills the fist-sized hole where a piece of skull, too diseased to save, once was. When my daughter looks at me, she just sees her mom, healthy and whole.
The Wall Street Journal | Apr 6, 2016
Susan Pinker on how a concussion was both a personal struggle for her and a catalyst to study a phenomenon still only partly understood.
Fox News | Apr 6, 2016
In a new study researchers found that a concussion's effect on visual working memory — the ability to remember specific things you have seen — may last much longer than scientists had thought. There's been an assumption that a concussion can affect a person's thinking skills for several weeks, the researchers said. But the new study showed that the effects may last as long as 55 years.
ABC News | Apr 4, 2016
Sports-related head injuries are increasingly gaining attention as researchers investigate long-term consequences of multiple concussions. Concerns about the neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), has put a focus on contact sports such as football and soccer. However, a study released today by the journal Neurological Focus found that the sport that causes most traumatic brain injuries isn't even a contact sport, it's horseback riding.
The Huffington Post | Apr 4, 2016
A brain injury brings with it a confusing barrage of physical, emotional and cognitive changes that affects the survivor deeply and personally. The simplest expression of this is when we say, “I don’t know who I am anymore.” This is also known as a loss of humanity. It has profound implications, manifesting itself as confusion, doubt and depression, and making our “recovery” that much more difficult. In my own situation, the hardships I encountered left me thinking, a number of times, that my life wasn’t worth living.
CBS News (NC) | Apr 4, 2016
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury are all among the wounds soldiers are carrying home. Fort Bragg has opened a place to tackle these demons of war. The Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Bragg, which expects to service nearly 1,700 soldiers annually, is the fifth of nine centers of its kind built around the country.
Medical Xpress | Apr 4, 2016
A study in military veterans finds that explosive blast-related concussions frequently result in hormone changes leading to problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression and poor quality of life. The research was presented over the weekend at the Endocrine Society's 98th annual meeting by the study's leader, Charles Wilkinson, PhD, a researcher with VA Puget Sound Health Care.
Military Times | Mar 31, 2016
Lawmakers want to avoid having troops disgracefully forced from the ranks because of behavior related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries, but Pentagon officials may already be on the way to fixing the problem. Earlier this month, a coalition of lawmakers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan introduced legislation to ensure that military discharge review boards must consider troops’ mental health issues, and must accept a PTSD or TBI diagnosis from a professional as an acceptable rebuttal to a dismissal.
PsychCentral | Mar 29, 2016
The hidden underworld of brain injury is vast. Recent tallies show that there are one million more traumatic brain injuries annually than all combined cancer diagnoses and more yearly deaths than drug overdose, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or HIV. Why is a condition that seriously affects your body’s most important control center — your brain — this prominent yet hardly discussed?
EurekAlert | Mar 29, 2016
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of MRI, may be able to predict functional post-deployment outcomes for veterans who sustained mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, during combat, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.
ABC News (MI) | Mar 29, 2016
A U.S. Senator is getting involved after an investigation uncovered veterans might not be getting the medical care and benefits they have earned. Sen. Mark Warner said we need to know if Veterans Affairs hospitals are allowing vets to see the proper medical specialists to diagnose traumatic brain injuries.
SB Nation | Mar 29, 2016
No stranger to head injuries, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he is joining a chorus of professional athletes who have pledged to donate their brains for concussion research.
USA Today | Mar 29, 2016
The lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday cites two recent developments as grounds for the litigation: an NFL executive’s comments on Capitol Hill and allegations an NFL study under-reported incidences of concussions.
STAT News | Mar 29, 2016
New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment. According to an editorial published in JAMA Neurology, the new findings “are a substantial step” in developing a test that could be used in broad settings, from the battlefield to sports events and doctors’ offices.
The Sacramento Bee | Mar 25, 2016
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the UC Davis pathologist who achieved big-screen fame for his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among NFL players, has received the United States Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award.
The New York Times | Mar 25, 2016
An investigation by The New York Times has found that the NFL’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. These discoveries raise new questions about the validity of the committee’s findings, published in 13 peer-reviewed articles and held up by the league as scientific evidence that brain injuries did not cause long-term harm to its players.
San Jose Mercury News | Mar 25, 2016
The NFL's political action committee has given nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions to 41 of 54 members of a key congressional committee that is reviewing concussion research, according to figures compiled by MapLight, a Berkeley-based nonpartisan research organization.
Scientific America | Mar 24, 2016
A new study in rats could one day benefit people suffering neurological conditions associated with the buildup of unwanted proteins in the brain, including traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s.
AOL News | Mar 24, 2016
"The NFL has been the 'target' but let's be honest, when you look at the statistics of women's and girls' sports, soccer is a huge part of it. Everyone wants to address it regarding the NFL, but there are millions of kids playing sports that no one is talking about that we should be talking about a little bit more," says Taylor Twellman, a TV soccer analyst for ESPN and founder of the Think Taylor Foundation dedicated to educating young athletes on concussions.
ThinkProgress | Mar 24, 2016
No woman has ever been diagnosed with CTE, but that’s probably more indicative of research shortcomings than anything else — of the 307 brains currently in the university’s brain bank, only seven are female. That’s why Brandi Chastain’s pledge is so important.
Defense Health Agency | Mar 22, 2016
Every brain is different. We know this because each person’s brain develops with a unique personality. But the brain as an organ even differs from person to person, and reacts uniquely to injury. “The brain is so much more complex and difficult to study,” said Dr. Heechin Chae, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellite office at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “Even if a CT scan or MRI image looks the same between two brains, how each of those brains functions is totally different. You can’t predict recovery as easily.”
ABC News (PA) | Mar 22, 2016
If your child has had a sports concussion, or is at risk for one, here are seven things you need to know, according to doctors at the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.
Vogue | Mar 18, 2016
When Lotje Sodderland woke up in hospital following a brain hemorrhage, she charted her recovery by making videos on her iPhone. Now the resulting documentary – produced by David Lynch and fresh from last week's SXSW premiere – is now available on Netflix.
Fox 40 (CA) | Mar 18, 2016
Today, as part of "Over The Edge For Brain Injury," 76 brave folks will scale down the side of the 16 story high-rise to help raise awareness of brain injury during Brain Injury Awareness, Education & Prevention Month. These rappellers had to raise a minimum of $1,500 to support the work of the Brain Injury Association of California to earn a slot to to rappel 16 stories.
The New York Times | Mar 16, 2016
An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time. Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety, spoke about the connection during an appearance Monday at a congressional committee's roundtable discussion about concussions.
TIME | Mar 16, 2016
Brain injuries are an invisible disability, and two are exactly the same—each as unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake. There isn’t a cure for brain injuries; they don’t grow back like hair or fade like scars. Dealing with the effects is a lifelong, day-in-day-out process, which might mean something different for me than it does for a football player or a veteran. So it’s up to me to show people what I need. And it’s up to them to understand what they see.
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Mar 15, 2016
Hope was the theme at the recent Mind your Brain conference at Penn Medicine as survivors talked about continuing to see improvements even years after injuries, about finding new friends after the old ones abandoned them, and new purpose after they could no longer work.
The Missoulian | Mar 15, 2016
U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke said the Department of Veterans Affairs is encumbered by so much bureaucracy that fulfilling its mission of taking care of veterans is a lot like "fighting a war, and you have to ask headquarters for a bullet." As part of a tour across the state, Rep. Zinke visited the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana on Thursday to hear about its work supporting students who are veterans.
FOX 9 News | Mar 15, 2016
Hundreds of traumatic brain injury victims are telling their stories and they're doing it without speaking a word.For the past two months brain injury victims across Minnesota have been creating masks to represent the struggles they face living their lives. Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance has a goal of collecting a thousand of these masks during the next year to raise awareness of the people struggling with the hidden scars of brain injuries.
CBS Minnesota | Mar 10, 2016
Amazing things can happen when great minds come together. Doctors from the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center and researchers from Abbott Diagnostics just announced they’re launching a joint study on concussions and traumatic brain injury. “We need to understand what’s actually wrong and how do we treat it,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at HCMC, known nationally for her research on brain injuries. “That really is what the goal of this study: to figure out what is wrong and how do we treat it.”
ABC News | Mar 10, 2016
The Pop Warner youth football league has settled its first concussion-related lawsuit. The suit was filed in Wisconsin federal court in February 2015 by the mother of 25-year-old Joseph Chernach. Chernach played for Pop Warner for four years starting when he was 11. He committed suicide on June 7, 2012, and was later diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.
Science Daily | Mar 10, 2016
Sideline vision tests to detect concussion are increasing in youth and pro sports, but a new study shows language may affect results. These findings could have important implications, the researchers say, particularly amid growing evidence of vision testing's potential to positively detect concussions on sidelines and its increasing use at games and practices.
NPR | Feb 29, 2016
For many high school athletes across the country, a scholarship to play college football is a dream come true. But after high school football player John Castello saw the movie Concussion, he turned down multiple football scholarships.
New York Daily News | Feb 29, 2016
Eric Lindros wants to talk about concussions, and in doing so, must admit his own fears about his future. The former NHL star whose career was ended prematurely primarily by six concussions knows about the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its posthumous diagnosis in so many former NFL players and in some NHLers. And as more and more players are discovered to have developed this neuorodegenerative disorder, from Junior Seau to Ken Stabler and Frank Gifford, Lindros admits he'd be lying if he didn't admit he is concerned, too.
The Atlantic | Feb 8, 2016
In its earliest days, the purpose of the football helmet was to prevent the sport’s scariest, most visible injuries: grisly skull fractures and broken necks. A growing body of evidence has shown that these helmets still aren’t nearly enough to prevent dangerous head injuries. The concussion-proof helmet has become the holy grail of helmet design. But can such a thing really exist?
UA News | Feb 8, 2016
Despite new concussion-management protocols in the NCAA and NFL, many athletes still don't recognize concussion symptoms or won't report them if they do. The University of Arizona creators of BrainGainz, a virtual-reality app that allows users to experience the symptoms of concussion, hope to change that. The app has been developed for the NCAA's Mind Matters Challenge, part of a $30 million joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense to educate athletes and soldiers on concussion.
Vancouver News | Feb 4, 2016
Dr. Robert Tarzwell is among a team of scholars who have made Discover Magazine's top 100 stories of 2015 list, coming in at number 19.
Clinical Advisor | Feb 4, 2016
Study results suggest that GCS may be less accurate in predicting the extent of injury in elderly adults.
Alphr | Feb 4, 2016
how woodpeckers manage to cope with repeated impact has inspired researchers to re-evaluate how we deal with brain trauma on the pitch, or behind enemy lines. Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System and an expert in concussion believes the answer lies not in helmets, but by taking inspiration from the animal kingdom.
Los Angeles Times | Feb 3, 2016
Vince Lombardi coached the first Super Bowl-winning football team, the Green Bay Packers. And he famously said, “Football is not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” A half-century on, as Super Bowl 50 is about to be played, the human toll of those jarring collisions is attracting the scrutiny of players, doctors, fans and the NFL itself. But perhaps no one has looked more closely, more urgently, than Dr. Bennet Omalu.
CNN | Feb 3, 2016
One time Super Bowl MVP and Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who died in July, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, researchers at Boston University said Wednesday. Stabler died in July at age 69 from cancer, and had requested that his brain was removed during an autopsy and taken to researchers in Massachusetts.
MIT Technology Review | Feb 3, 2016
While many athletes who suffer concussions do not go on to develop CTE, every time it crops up in an autopsy it’s in someone who “had a history of repetitive hits to the head.” The issue now extends far beyond the NFL to children who play football, soccer, hockey, and other sports, especially because new research is revealing the pervasiveness of head injury in young athletes.
PBS Frontline | Feb 2, 2016
With Super Bowl 50 just days away, new data released by the NFL shows that progress in curbing the league’s most high-profile health challenge, the concussion crisis, took a step back in 2015.
National Journal | Feb 2, 2016
Facing increasing scrutiny in Washington over its handling of concussions and long-term brain injures in its players, the National Football League donated $507,211 to members of Congress in 2015, putting it on pace for its highest spending ever in a political cycle. The league’s political action committee, called the “Gridiron PAC,” is showering cash particularly on the members of a House panel investigating the causes, effects, and treatment of concussions.
Yale News | Feb 2, 2016
Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology.
NPR | Feb 1, 2016
The ABC News correspondent was almost killed in Iraq 10 years ago. His recovery and return to network journalism beat all the odds.
Defense Centers of Excellence | Jan 29, 2016
A team of DVBIC experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest. Listed here and categorized by topic are the titles and summaries of these top 10 concussion research articles of 2015.
Medium | Jan 29, 2016
A moving letter from Lee Woodruff to her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, ten years after a roadside bomb nearly killed him while reporting in Iraq.
The New York Times | Jan 28, 2016
Cut by the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion, Tyler Sash had returned to Iowa and increasingly displayed surprising and irregular behavior, family members said this week. Sash had bouts of confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper. Although an Iowa sports celebrity, both as a Super Bowl-winning member of the Giants and a popular star athlete at the University of Iowa, Sash was unable to seek meaningful employment because he had difficulty focusing long enough to finish a job.
UPI | Jan 28, 2016
Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died in September at age 27 from an accidental overdose of pain medication, had a high level of CTE. The New York Times reported Tuesday the findings from researchers at Boston University after Sash's family donated his brain to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 28, 2016
While there's growing awareness about the dangers of concussions in athletes or head injuries in war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of us are still unaware of the impact of these injuries, which can last for days -- or the rest of a person's life.
Phys.org | Jan 27, 2016
New research by Lawrence Livermore scientists shows how shock waves can damage membrane proteins in traumatic brain injury patients. Using molecular dynamics simulations researchers found that ion channels are resistant to damage by shock waves. But with the presence of bubbles, the damage from shock waves is magnified and can contribute to an electrolyte imbalance within cells that can lead to the initial symptoms of TBI, such as headaches and seizures.
Military Times | Jan 25, 2016
Healing from a concussion is mostly a natural process that occurs within your body and mind over time. Just like any other injury, the healthier you are and the better lifestyle you lead, the better off you will be. Also, understanding that full recovery from a concussion is the norm goes a long way in keeping anxiety and depression in check, which helps the healing process. In addition to giving yourself time, there are some other things you can do in the short-term to speed your recovery and reduce the negative long-term effects of a concussion.
The Oregonian | Jan 25, 2016
Brain-injury understanding and prevention have even bigger hurdles than NFL fandom, an organization's money-making desire or the tendency to blow off concussions: Brain injuries are invisible. That means they're easier to hide or deny and harder to detect or believe, which "Concussion," the recently-released movie about the prevalence of concussions among pro football players, points out and that my traumatically brain injured peers and I know.
Scientific America | Jan 19, 2016
In a study of U.S. veterans after hazardous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers found that the higher the exposure to blasts, the lower the activity in a brain region called the cerebellum. Damage to the filter that protects the brain from toxins may partly explain why explosions have been leaving soldiers with lasting brain injuries, the researchers said.
CNN | Jan 19, 2016
It's one of those early stage animal studies that's just too cool not to talk about. Researchers have implanted chips holding tiny electronic sensors and wires in the brains of rats that will melt away once they are no longer needed. The implant in the study was placed under the skin but on top of the rat's skull. Information on temperature and intracranial pressure was fed wirelessly to computers, and accurately matched the readings on conventional monitors.
The Huffington Post | Jan 19, 2016
In a society where the result of a severe bump on the head is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood, the word "concussion" should NOT be taken lightly. Every concussion is a traumatic brain injury and needs to be taken seriously. The stigma of a concussion in our society is that it is "no big deal." We watch professional athletes get back in the game after taking a major blow to the head, and we expect the same of our youth.
NBC News Fort Worth | Jan 15, 2016
Olympic hopeful, 23-year-old Jonathan Swiatocha, has been sharing his story with audiences for many years, but Thursday night was his first time to give a TED Talk. Jonathan talked about overcoming a traumatic brain injury after he and his family were hit by an underage drunk driver in 2002.
The Huffington Post | Jan 15, 2016
The first step is to educate ourselves on concussions, not just in professional athletes, but in our every day lives. What are the symptoms? What does it feel like? What are the long-term implications? How do they heal? Since the majority of us are not medical doctors, the science may be difficult to comprehend. That does not preclude us from learning more.
Galveston.com | Jan 13, 2016
A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston fills an important gap in understanding the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.