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Men's Health | Feb 4, 2019
Heading the ball or knocking your head against the goalpost during a game of soccer might seem like NBD. But if you're dizzy and a bit disoriented and hope to just "shake it off" and carry on, you might be making a big mistake. Following a head injury, watch out for the symptoms of concussion, including headache, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. “That means it’s not healed yet,” says Edward Benzel, M.D., a neurosurgeon with the Cleveland Clinic. That goes even if you hit your head hard but didn’t think you had a concussion, because it’s possible to have brain injury and not know it.
ABC 11 News (GA) | Feb 4, 2019
Last week, the Concussion Legacy Foundation revealed Tommy Nobis had a severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. 11 Alive News sat down with his daughter, Devon, who is sharing her and her family's experience that had no explanation until now. "We only thought is was my Dad's personality."
Eastern Daily Press | Feb 4, 2019
Mike Palmer, 52, started to suffer with cluster headaches in 2010. But as they got more frequent and the pain worsened, more tests were carried out and it emerged Mr Palmer had a brain tumour. What would follow two years later would be hours of surgery and even now, more than three years on, he is suffering the effects. But last year he married his wife Debbie, and the pair wanted to show that even when an acquired brain injury can change someone completely, it did not have to change a relationship.
SB Nation | Feb 4, 2019
This week, SB Nation's Broad Street Hockey had the privilege of chatting with Former Flyer Daniel Carcillo about a variety of topics - including brain injury, substance use and CTE. "There's a lot of anxiety that goes with playing professional sports for some guys, they can operate but they need a little help to operate. During my career there was a lot. There was a lot of substance abuse, and substance abuse is a direct symptom of repetitive head trauma. You don't understand what's going on, you're not predisposed to these mental health complications and what do you do? You look for something to numb it out."
Minnesota Post | Feb 4, 2019
Even though we wish to remain healthy and fit for a long time, growing old comes along with its own health challenges that affect quality of life. Environmental hazards such as slippery and uneven floors greatly increase the risk of falls under such circumstances. A significant number of fall-related TBIs in older adults are associated with environmental hazards with about 35.7 percent of injuries occurring in the bathroom.
ARS Technica | Feb 4, 2019

Forty-percent of the injuries linked to electric scooter use involve knocks to the noggin while nearly 95 percent of riders don’t wear helmets, according to a first-of-its kind study published Friday, January 25. As electric scooters and bike shares zoom into cities across the country, health experts are chasing after the potential public health and safety issues circling the micromobility market. The new study, published in JAMA Network Open, is the first to try to track the pattern of injuries linked to electric scooters.

The Guardian | Feb 4, 2019
Too many sports do not have the right procedures in place to deal with concussion but work on pitchside diagnosis and technology to improve it is moving forward. "The Guardian's Sean Ingle weighs in. "Some might believe we should trust athletes to know enough about concussion these days to understand when they are OK to play on. New research, however, does not bear this out."
CBS 2 News (IA) | Feb 4, 2019

1. 6 million to nearly 4 million concussions in the United States each year are related to sports and recreation. Medical and research experts said state legislation and access to insurance have made positive strides in helping students get back on their feet after facing their own concussion experience. "Brain injury is the last thing on your mind until it is the only thing on your mind," said Geoffrey Lauer, CEO of the Brain Injury Alliance.

CNN | Jan 31, 2019
A mild traumatic brain injury -- such as from a car crash or violent assault -- may come with a higher risk of mental health problems, according to a new study. Specifically, the research ties mild traumatic brain injury to a higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after the injury, compared with another type of traumatic injury not involving the head. The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that among hospital patients, 21.2% of those with mild traumatic brain injuries experienced PTSD or depression up to six months after injury, compared with 12.1% of those with non-head injuries.
Daily Mail | Jan 31, 2019
The NFL's recent announcement that concussions fell 24 percent in 2018 may be encouraging, but Boston University associate professor Lee E. Goldstein (MD, PhD) told that the findings are 'irrelevant' to the long-term consequences of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The Post and Courier | Jan 31, 2019
In a Sports Illustrated roundtable discussion with six NFL writers, many of the journalists noted how NFL players don’t seem to be well-versed on concussions and CTE. You know who else doesn’t understand enough about these injuries? Young kids who play football. While education about traumatic brain injuries in sports has certainly improved in recent years, the CDC has shown that children from lower income families do not receive adequate concussion education.
The New York Times | Jan 31, 2019
If there is such a thing as the American dream, Jason Hairston, at 47, gave every indication that he was living it. He was a former college football star who played briefly with two N.F.L. teams, and he was the founder a top-end outfitter of hunting gear and apparel. Privately, though, the Hairstons struggled to hold it together. Jason routinely broke down and cried, Kirstyn Hairston said, scared of where his brain was headed. When a scan revealed deterioration in the frontal lobe that had not been present a year earlier, she said, Hairston made her promise she would never make him have another test, because he did not want to know the results. A slow decline over the past decade, she said, sped suddenly into a drop.
San Antonio Express-News | Jan 30, 2019
Researchers have confirmed what Tommy Nobis’ family long suspected: He had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive blows to the head that can cause the kind of violent moods they had grown accustomed to. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of Boston University’s CTE center, said on Monday that Nobis had the most severe form of the disease, showing a “severe loss of neurons and large CTE lesions throughout the cerebral cortex.”
RTE Brainstorm | Jan 28, 2019
The rise of sports-related brain injuries raises the issues about the widespread culture of playing while hurt. Why do sportspeople continue to reject diagnosis protocols despite greater awareness surrounding the injury? How, and why do sportspeople frame the injury in ways that are unique to the culture of sport - that is, in terms of minimal time loss and return to play - and not in medical terms? What are the implications of this for trying to prevent the injury? Why are players’ incentives to seek medical consultation so weak?
Forbes | Jan 28, 2019
HBO's Real Sports is providing evidence that families with money are taking their children out of tackle football because of worries about concussions. On Jan. 29, Real Sports is airing a 20-minute piece by Bernard Goldberg that centers around Freedom of Information Act requests to Illinois public schools to determine the growth in the percentage of students receiving public assistance that make up the rosters of the state's high school football teams.
Psychology Today | Jan 28, 2019
Patients, clinicians and healthcare systems need to be able to predict who is more likely to develop PTSD following a traumatic event. So far, this has been an elusive goal, though much research over the past few decades have produced fundamental data required to build good predictive models.
Yale News | Jan 25, 2019
Using sophisticated computational tools, researchers at Yale University and the Icahn School of Medicine have discovered biomarkers that may explain why symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be so severe for some people and not for others. The study of combat veterans who have been exposed to intense events shows that those with severe symptoms of PTSD have distinct patterns of neurological and physiological responses affecting associative learning — the ability to distinguish between harmful and safe stimuli in the environment. “We are shedding new light on how people learn fear and unlearn it,” said Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, associate professor of psychiatry at Yale and co-corresponding author of the paper.
USA Today | Jan 25, 2019
Data from BCBS shows that between 2010 and 2015, concussion diagnoses in patients of all ages climbed by 43%. For children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19, however, rates spiked by 71%. According to Dr. Shelly Timmons, director of neurotrauma at Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, it’s not that more kids are taking hard hits; it’s just that efforts to educate Americans about the dangers of concussions are paying off.
The Washington Post | Jan 25, 2019
The number of concussions suffered by NFL players decreased significantly this season, according to the league’s injury data released Thursday. According to that data, there were 214 concussions suffered by players during the 2018 preseason and regular season. That was down from 281 concussions suffered by players in 2017, a decrease of 24 percent. It’s a significant decrease,” Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, said in a conference call with reporters, “and one we’re pleased with. … While we’re pleased the concussion numbers are down and down significantly, when it comes to the health and safety of our players, there’s no finish line.”
CBC News | Jan 25, 2019
Michael Wagner, founder of El Segundo Youth Football and the executive commissioner of Pop Warner's Southern California Conference, says he's having more trouble recruiting young players in the wake of extensive media coverage of potential damage to the brain from hits to the head. Parents, he says, have been "scared off" by reports in the media about the potential damage that hits to the head can cause to the brain. As the dangers of head injuries have become more well known, youth participation in one of the most popular sports in the U.S. has dropped more than 20 percent over the past decade, according to the U.S. Sports and Fitness Industry Association.
Hannibal Boxing Media | Jan 23, 2019
Rose Pender, widow of middleweight champion Paul Pender, had donated her husband’s brain to Boston University hoping for answers as to why, at around fifty years old, things had begun to drastically change for him. Dr. McKee described her discovery as a "wow moment," when she found the infestation in Pender's brain. And while boxing stood still, Dr. McKee went to work. For McKee, "was the most dramatic case of CTE she had ever seen."
R&D Magazine | Jan 23, 2019
Researchers have identified a cellular response in mice to mild traumatic brain injuries that may lead to seizures. The study, published today in JNeurosci, suggests that the development of epilepsy triggered by mild TBI may be related to an atypical response from brain cells known as astrocytes, which change to form scars after a severe brain injury. TBI is a leading cause of epilepsy, which is characterized as the repeated occurrence of seizures.
Bleacher Report | Jan 23, 2019
Former Kent State running back Jerry Flowers is reportedly suing the NCAA for allegedly concealing concussion information. TMZ Sports reported the news Tuesday, noting Flowers—who played at Kent State in 2005—and at least one other person are suing for more than $5 million for fraud, negligence and breach of contract. Flowers said he suffered "numerous concussions" as a player and now has "several symptoms indicative of long-term brain and neurocognitive injuries." He believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Goal | Jan 23, 2019
Taylor Twellman, a former United States international soccer player and now an analyst for ESPN, had his career cut short due to the effects of repeated concussive blows during his playing days in Major League Soccer. He has long been a campaigner for better awareness around the issue of concussions in soccer but admits to being disappointed at what he sees as the issue's low priority within FIFA. "As much criticism as the NFL and the NHL get in the United States, and rightfully so, they have brought more attention to it than FIFA ever has. There's going to be research that comes out continuously, that's going to change certain things. At least be proactive and not reactive. The sad thing is FIFA is not even reactive," says Twellman.
NIH | Jan 22, 2019
Women and girls with a concussion are more likely than males to have a neck injury, according to an analysis of emergency department visits funded by the NICHD. The finding suggests that physicians evaluating females for a concussion should also consider evaluating them for neck injury so that they can benefit from treatment as soon as possible.