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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.

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.

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