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.
Military.com | Jan 13, 2016
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald plans to visit the VA Regional Medical Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood to highlight the agency's mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury research. The VA Medical Center in Boston is one of four National Centers for Excellence for PTSD.
Gwinnett Daily Post | Jan 13, 2016
Thirty-two students from various high schools in Gwinnett went through a head trauma and traumatic brain injury experience Monday at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The students, who are a part of the Gwinnett Medical Center Medical Explorer program, studied both issues as they related to a case study involving a high school football player who took a hard hit.
Scout Warrior | Jan 13, 2016
The Army Research Laboratory is preparing to engineer prototypes of a cutting-edge tethering technology designed to massively reduce the damage caused by a head-to-ground impact from a football helmet or solider helmet crashing in combat, service officials told Scout Warrior. The technology uses a hardening, yet elastic-like material to both allow for mobility and protect the head and neck upon impact with the ground, developers explained.
The New York Times | Jan 8, 2016
Interviews reveal the events in the 60 minutes after a 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden that left Magomed Abdusalamov with severe brain damage.
American Academy of Pediatrics News | Jan 8, 2016
Concussion rates in youth hockey are higher during games than practices and for younger adolescents than older teens, a new study found. In addition, the overall rates are in line with other youth collision sports, according to the report “Incidence of Concussion in Youth Ice Hockey Players.”
The Washington Post | Jan 8, 2016
Sean McDonnell, coach of the University of New Hampshire’s football team, thought Erik Swartz, a University of New Hampshire professor of kinesiology, was crazy at first. But the two struck a fast rapport. Swartz had spent years on the sidelines of football games as an athletic trainer. He understood the sport inside and out. And he said he had an idea that could make players safer and perhaps save a game that, besieged by research linking brain damage and concussions, has reached its most perilous moment in decades: remove players' greatest protection.
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jan 8, 2016
The relationship between developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and playing football remains unclear. The link between the number of concussions a person sustains and the risk of developing CTE is also uncertain.
NPR | Jan 6, 2016
Researchers estimate there could be more than 200,000 subdural hematoma injuries diagnosed annually at hospitals across the country. They say an unknown additional number of subdural hematomas are misdiagnosed, or simply missed: Half the patients studied have trouble remembering they hit their heads at all.
EurekAlert | Jan 6, 2016
The Brain Injury Association of America has release a military focused issue of the The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Available in print and online, the issue presents 13 original research studies on TBI in the military, including a special focus on how TBI affects quality of life.
Los Angeles Times | Jan 5, 2016
esearchers have found the hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy throughout the brain of a 25-year-old former college football player who sustained more than 10 concussions during about 16 years on the gridiron. The unnamed athlete, described in a report published Monday by the journal JAMA Neurology, is the youngest patient to get a definitive diagnosis of widespread CTE.
University of Denver Magazine | Jan 5, 2016
University of Denver students interviewed 80 inmates during the summers of 2013 and 2014, they expected they’d find above-average prevalence of brain trauma among prisoners. When they saw the actual numbers, however, even they were stunned: 96 percent had a TBI.
NPR | Jan 4, 2016
NPR's Rachel Martin revisits several perspectives on brain injury and the role it's played in football. Is the game worth the risk of brain injury?
The New Yorker | Jan 4, 2016
The vast majority of domestic-violence victims who show signs of traumatic brain injury never receive a formal diagnosis.
Military.com | Jan 4, 2016
Johns Hopkins University researchers conducted in-depth interviews in 2013 and 2014 with combat veterans and their family members, and a model emerged: Veterans too often played down their wounds but became detached from friends and family. Many denied their downward spiral until a "wake-up call" forced them to seek help.
ESPN | Dec 22, 2015
The NFL, which spent years criticizing researchers who warned about the dangers of football-related head trauma, has backed out of one of the most ambitious studies yet on the relationship between football and brain disease. The study was to be funded from a $30 million grant the NFL gave the NIH, but the league balked after the project was awarded to a group led by a researcher who has been critical of the NFL.
The New York Times | Dec 22, 2015
"What I would love to see is parents taking as much time to investigate their child’s coach, the league that they’re putting their child into and the officials officiating the game as they do a day care center when their child is young. They don’t have trouble challenging a teacher, even a pediatrician. But somehow they have trouble challenging a sports league,” says Dawn Comstock, an epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health.
The Denver Post | Dec 22, 2015
On Dec. 11, Deb Ploetz took the phone call from doctors and an administrator at the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University. She was told that an autopsy of her husband's brain had determined that Greg Ploetz suffered from Stage 4 of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).That's the most severe, most advanced stage, considered to cause full-blown dementia. CTE is believed to be caused by repeated head trauma and because Ploetz played football since he was 10 years old, doctors told Deb they were confident the sport caused his brain injuries.
U.S. News & World Report | Dec 22, 2015
While celebrating these holidays, let us remember the caregivers who care for our loved ones. Exhausted family and professional caregivers dig even deeper to give more than their all when they know they are appreciated. In fact, we all do. So let's not forget those who need care, too.
Bethesda Magazine | Dec 21, 2015
Walt Whitman High School announced Friday that the school is partnering with a Bethesda neuro-technology firm to conduct a research study that’s designed to improve the recognition and diagnosis of sports-related concussions among student-athletes. Whitman is the first high school in state to be chosen to participate in the research study, according to BrainScope Chief Executive Officer Michael Singer.
VICE Sports | Dec 21, 2015
Something was wrong with Zack. Something inside his head. No matter what he tried nothing worked. He became paranoid, increasingly irrational, yet was often lucid enough to know it. Maybe that was the hardest part. No one knew what was the problem.
Former Division II football player Zack Langston died at age 26 with"ª CTE"¬, the same brain disease found in Junior Seau and the subject of the film "Concussion."
HealthDay | Dec 15, 2015
New research finds brain "scarring" in many members of the U.S. military who suffered concussions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "More than half of the military service members we studied have one or more lesions on the brain that can be thought of as scars in their brains," said study lead author Dr. Gerard Riedy, a radiologist specializing in the brain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Penn News | Dec 15, 2015
Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often. A brain protein called SNTF, which rises in the blood after some concussions, signals the type of brain damage that is thought to be the source of these cognitive impairments, according to a study led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
Forces.tv (UK) | Dec 15, 2015
Yoga and tea may not spring to mind as the most useful weapons. When it comes to the treatment of veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury ("ªTBI"¬), however, they can be incredibly helpful tools. The UK's first ever support group for people wounded in this way has now been set up to fill a gap in the support system for veterans wounded in this way.
Sports Illustrated | Dec 11, 2015
The Monday Morning Quarterback screened Will Smith’s upcoming drama Concussion with 70 former NFL players. For some, it was a panic-inducing horror flick. '“I know we were paid to hurt people,” says Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft. “We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.”'
The Hoya | Dec 8, 2015
In the last few years, there has been a considerable amount of research done on the seriousness of concussions in sports, particularly in football. The discovery of a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, found in many football players, has helped doctors develop a safer protocol for diagnosing and treating concussions. From professionals to amateurs, everyone is taking head injuries more seriously. Everyone except the athletes, that is.
The New York Times | Dec 7, 2015
The forensic pathologist who was the first to tie head trauma suffered by American football players to a neurological brain disorder says children should not be allowed to play high-impact sports until they are 18 years old and can make decisions about the risks for themselves. Dr. Bennet Omalu writes that young athletes -- not parents and coaches -- should be allowed to decide whether the risks are worth playing a sport. To accomplish that, athletes should have to wait until they reach the legal age of consent, usually 18, before being allowed to play high-impact sports.
Newswise | Dec 7, 2015
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair has initiated one of the nation’s first concussion registries for student athletes and others aimed at improving treatment for this all-too-common sports injury. The registry is designed to capture comprehensive, longitudinal data on individuals age 5 and over who have suffered sports-related concussion or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.
Alzforum | Dec 7, 2015
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take different forms depending on the nature of the injury, the brain region affected, and how many hits to the head were involved. With such a heterogeneous condition, finding treatments is especially challenging. Nonetheless, several researchers have developed animal models to study these varied types of brain injury.
Military Times | Dec 7, 2015
Former President George W. Bush will host a symposium on traumatic brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions just before the Invictus Games sports competition scheduled for May in Orlando, Florida. Bush, who has spent much of his post-presidency work supporting injured veterans and their caregivers, announced that the George W. Bush Institute will team with Invictus Games chairman Ken Fisher to hold a policy forum focusing on brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions, with an emphasis on the role of sports and activity in recovery.
The New York Times | Dec 3, 2015
In some ways, Ryan Hoffman’s story is ordinary for a former football player these days. After his athletic career, his mental health deteriorated, and he encountered substance abuse and legal problems. Mounting scientific evidence suggests a link between repeated head trauma sustained by players in the inherently violent game and long-term cognitive impairment.
The Huffington Post | Dec 3, 2015
If there’s anyone you should listen to when it comes to CTE, it’s McKee. And in a recent conversation with Susan Lampert Smith of University of Wisconsin-Madison News, she uttered just over 100 words that every parent of a football player should read.
CNN | Dec 3, 2015
Beyond changes to the game, education is a critical tool for prevention of brain injuries in football.
NPR | Dec 3, 2015
NPR's Scott Simon and Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson discuss the late Frank Gifford, concussions and the debate over locker room interviews.
The Atlantic | Dec 2, 2015
How a puzzling autopsy report opened a new chapter in football history.
Nevada Public Radio | Dec 2, 2015
Have traumatic brain injuries become a public health crisis? Duke University neuropsychiatrist Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi says yes. Vaishnavi said the problem often isn't one minor brain injury, because the brain can generally recover from that, but multiple injuries can over time cause a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ("ªCTE"¬).
Yahoo! Health | Dec 2, 2015
Researchers have discovered that a neurodegenerative disease linked to pro football players is also showing up in men who played high school contact sports. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have discovered that about one-third of men who played contact sports and whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic brain bank had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated brain trauma.
Yahoo! Health | Dec 2, 2015
Frank Gifford, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and husband of TODAY host Kathie Lee Gifford, had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in his brain, according to news reports. Gifford had experienced symptoms of CTE before his death, and signs of the disease were also found in his brain, which was studied after he had died.
The Washington Post | Dec 2, 2015
As trailers for “Concussion” are starting to appear more regularly on NFL broadcasts and on ESPN, the handling of the concussion that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered Sunday shows just how far the league’s handling of the issue during games still has to go. But it also shows that this one very high-profile player understands just what is at risk, and he delivered a powerful message about that.
Stars & Stripes | Dec 1, 2015
According to a new, first-of-its-kind study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, rapid air evacuation has the potential to cause more damage to those patients suffering from an extremely prevalent battlefield affliction — traumatic brain injury.
CNBC | Dec 1, 2015
In an era of increasing activity in the biotech sector, Brian Harris is bringing a level of simplicity to the medical field. His company uses melodies and rhythms to help treat and combat the effects of certain brain injuries, strokes, and Parkinson's disease.
U.S. News & World Report | Nov 24, 2015
Finding the perfect balance between rest and returning to regular activities can be a challenge for parents who have a child home from school with a concussion. While rest is the critical first step to recovering from a concussion, experts warn it's important to get kids back into the swing of things sooner rather than later. That doesn't mean they're going to have a normal school day. Kids might need adjustments in school.
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel | Nov 24, 2015
Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, joined by Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of Health and Safety Policy, and Michael McCrea, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology and member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, discuss what the NFL is doing to reduce head injuries and concussions. The very fact that Murphy, Miller and McCrea wanted to meet and discuss the issue reflects the concern about the much-anticipated movie "Concussion" potentially crystallizing growing public concern over injuries in general, concussions in specific. League officials are taking their message to markets around the country.
Medical Xpress | Nov 23, 2015
Purdue professors research to develop and use a new system that has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
The Hill | Nov 23, 2015
Since 2001, more than 320,000 American servicemembers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. In the past these conditions were considered a mystery. In some cases a bewildered military ignored those who suffered or even accused them of misconduct. "Returning nine of 10 of the military’s "ª#TBI"¬ sufferers to active duty and a full life is not a matter of charity but honor. Of course members of Congress should shine a light on brain injury, but they should also make the successes that are being achieved known to a wider public," says veteran advocate Arnold Fisher.
WISC-TV | Nov 23, 2015
"The most important gift that people who have had this injury get is to know that we are not alone,” says Chris Loeffler, a current brain injury patient University Hospital in the Neurosciences ICU unit.The hospital has become the first in the Midwest to create a Brain Injury Peer Visitor program that brings together former brain injury patients with those currently being treated.
Yahoo! Sports | Nov 23, 2015
Former players appealing the NFL's $1 billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries asked a court on Thursday to reject the settlement because it excludes what they call the signature brain disease of football -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Forbes | Nov 23, 2015
Soccer has flown under the concussion radar until fairly recently. That lack of notice for soccer will change now, because earlier this month the United States Soccer Federation settled a potential class action lawsuit. The settlement provides much more protection than previously existed regarding heading the ball for children under the age of 14, who are particularly vulnerable to concussions from heading.
Fox News | Nov 18, 2015
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 640,537 (or roughly 23.7 of post-9/11 deployers) have been diagnosed with some form of mental health issue. More than 322,000 have TBI, but it’s believed many more cases haven’t been treated. Many will need care for years to come, while many others go undiagnosed due to the stigma and the shame of carrying these hidden wounds. Fortunately there are many organizations addressing these needs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been proud to support, like One Mind, which is led by retired Army General Peter Chiarelli.
NBC News | Nov 18, 2015
A Maryland teenager may have turned one of the most difficult challenges of his life into a way to help other young athletes detect and recover from traumatic brain injuries. Eric Solender, 17, is developing a test that can help detect concussion symptoms using a popular video gaming platform. His path to this project began with a scary night at basketball practice several years ago.
CNBC | Nov 17, 2015
While on a family vacation in Paris this summer, 14-year-old Katie fell off a Segway, hitting her head. Almost three weeks later, her mother brought Katie in as a volunteer to help her friend's company, RightEye, test its new eye-tracking software, Neuro Vision. To Rothstein's surprise, the test indicated that Katie was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
The Des Moines Register | Nov 17, 2015
During a discussion of American foreign policy and military involvement in the Middle East, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders turned the discussion to the care provided to American veterans with a startling statistic: 500,000 returned service members have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. “When you talk about the long-term consequences of war, let's talk about the men and women who came home from war,” Sanders said. “The 500,000 who came home with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. And I would hope that in the midst of all of this discussion, this country makes certain that we do not turn our backs on the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us.”
The Daily Herald | Nov 17, 2015
Zackery Lystedt suffered something he now crusades to prevent – traumatic brain injuries to athletes who resume playing before their concussions fully heal. Called second-impact syndrome, it is a rare-but-devastating brain injury. Experts say young athletes, whose brains are still developing, suffer the most from second-impact syndrome.
Military Times | Nov 12, 2015
A new nonprofit organization is seeking to cut the time it takes for brain injury and post-traumatic stress research to transform into treatments for those life-altering conditions. Cohen Veterans Bioscience, with offices in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes to facilitate development and production of diagnostic tests for traumatic brain injury and PTS as well as treatments and cures.
University of Wisconsin-Madison News | Nov 12, 2015
Ann McKee has made national headlines with her research linking football and other sports to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). She recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to talk to sports medicine staff and to give a well-attended Grand Rounds in Neurology titled, “Football, boxing and the brain.” Here are some highlights of the conversation.
The New York Times | Nov 10, 2015
The United States Soccer Federation unveiled a series of safety initiatives Monday aimed at addressing head injuries in the sport, including a policy that sets strict limits on youth players heading the ball. The new guidelines, which resolve a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against U.S. Soccer and others last year, will prohibit players age 10 and younger from heading the ball and will reduce headers in practice for those from age 11 to 13.
Military.com | Nov 10, 2015
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants an investigation into reports the Army discharged more than 22,000 soldiers who had post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury for alleged "misconduct" after they returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
University of Wisconsin-Madison News | Nov 10, 2015
A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists shows how stress chemicals reshape the brains of rodents, research that could lead to better treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder. "This is exciting because rodent brains and human brains are wired the same way; new medications for PTSD can be identified by understanding which brain chemicals are mediating trauma effects" says Vaishali Bakshi, associate professor of psychiatry in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Center for Brain Health | Nov 9, 2015
New research has identified a potential brain-based biomarker for depressive symptoms in people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury ("ªTBI"¬). The study that published in Frontiers in Neurology Neurotrauma found that individuals with traumatic brain injury and depression exhibit increased brain connectivity between multiple regions and sub-networks of the brain and the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotional processing, compared to people with minimal depressive symptoms.
Military.com | Nov 4, 2015
More than 75 percent of wounded veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the latest annual survey sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. "Our annual survey shows that this generation of injured veterans continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of war, including "ª#PTSD"¬ and "ªTBI"¬ [traumatic brain injury], and the challenges are not getting better with time," says Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for Wounded Warrior Project
The Washington Post | Nov 4, 2015
A new study showing the potential for children in rear-facing car seats to hit their heads during rear-end crashes worries some safety experts, who say they’re concerned it will wrongly discourage parents from keeping children in the safest rear-facing position.
The Mix | Nov 4, 2015
The BRAVE Initiative is a Department of Defense sponsored project aimed at improving the motor deficit of veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The three-year UAB College of Arts & Sciences project is examining CI Therapy and another novel rehabilitation technique, Lakeshore Enriched Fitness Training (LEFT).
Military Times | Nov 4, 2015
More than three in four injured veterans surveyed by the Wounded Warrior Project count post-traumatic stress disorder among their service-connected ailments, but getting mental health care continues to be a struggle for them, according to a new report released by the group Wednesday.
The Ledger | Nov 4, 2015
Separate vehicle accidents in 2007-2008 abruptly redirected the paths of two young Polk County men, forcing them to overcome both traumatic brain injury and major physical damage. Time-consuming battles to recover challenged their intellect and their determination, experiences they shared during interviews encouraging others not to give up. “You have to believe you can get better,” Beau Wilt said. “Push hard and don't quit,” Pete Fellner tells others with traumatic brain injuries.
NPR | Nov 3, 2015
The Army has "separated" more than 22,000 soldiers for "misconduct" after they came back from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health problems or "ªTBI"¬. As a result, many of the dismissed soldiers have not received crucial retirement and health care benefits that soldiers receive with an honorable discharge:
The Daily Mirror | Nov 2, 2015
These shocking quotes have been shared by real brain injury victims who have taken steps to make their life normal again. But instead of being given the support they need, they often find that they're being shunted aside. New research shows that employers are ill-informed and under-equipped to support employees with brain injuries in the workplace.
NET News | Oct 29, 2015
For several years, researchers have been studying concussions in high school, collegiate, and professional contacts sports. But much remains unknown about head impact injuries in youth football leagues- typically ranging from ages 8 to 12. But that’s soon about to change. NET News' Ben Bohall spoke with Arthur Maerlender, associate director and director of clinical research at CB3. He’ll soon head neuropsychology testing on a new, five-year study looking at the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries in 9- and 10-year-olds who play youth football.
SB Nation | Oct 29, 2015
After suffering the 5th concussion of his career last Sunday in New England, Chris Owusu may have to make a very difficult decision on his long term future.
The New York Times | Oct 26, 2015
The league is helping to finance research that is investigating whether therapy can speed athletes’ recoveries from concussions. The research will track about 1,000 American high school and college football players, Irish rugby players and Australian rules football players over an undetermined period. The study was one of three announced at the end of meetings among doctors representing the NFL., FIFA, the NCAA and several other sports organizations, as well as the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation.
Sports Illustrated | Oct 26, 2015
Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly missed 34 days after suffering a head injury in Week 1 and returned four games later to lead the Panthers in tackles. The Carolina linebacker discusses the aftermath of concussion and the risks of playing.
The Guardian | Oct 26, 2015
Extreme sports perhaps wouldn’t be your first port of call when rehabilitating a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but then Sophie Charles isn’t the kind of person to let a little matter of height, exposure and intricate rope work dampen her enthusiasm for evangelizing the therapeutic benefits of rock climbing for anyone, especially those living with specific neurological challenges. Together with the Castle Climbing Centre in London she, an experienced rock-climbing instructor, has crafted a series of sessions aimed at anyone who struggles with the activities of daily living many of us take for granted.
WDAY News | Oct 26, 2015
A doctor who developed the first vision rehabilitation clinic in the U.S. Army is now helping Minnesotans with traumatic brain injuries. It's common for people with TBI to complain about vision and balance problems. A local woman is proof the right pair glasses can end years of suffering. Unfortunately, Liz Renner is a familiar face at the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Huffington Post | Oct 21, 2015
Anxiety is a seriously scary thing that you truly have no control over. I am surprised what sets it off, and of course, it happens when I am least expecting it. Other times, like when we got our first snowy-ice mixture the following winter, it makes sense to me.
Los Angeles Times | Oct 20, 2015
In recent years, medical science has uncovered the high risk and devastating effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, among U.S. combat soldiers and athletes, especially football and hockey players. What if a vastly greater population were also suffering these effects: women and children living with the consequences of domestic violence?
Deseret News | Oct 19, 2015
A massive study on traumatic brain injury rehabilitation involved more than 2,000 subjects at 10 rehab centers and created what is likely the richest database on such injuries ever assembled.
PsychCentral | Oct 19, 2015
People with a more severe kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving disputes or requiring discipline, according to new research. The study is among the first to assess how people with TBIs punish, a key indicator of how they will function in society, according to researchers.
The Ohio State University | Oct 19, 2015
Girls who suffer a concussive bump on the head in childhood could be at increased risk for abusing alcohol as adults, a new study suggests. The research in mice found that females with a mild closed-head brain injury were more likely to misuse alcohol later in life and associate drinking with reward and pleasure. This effect was not seen in males.
Yahoo! Sports | Oct 19, 2015
A 2009 email being used as evidence in a lawsuit from former players toward the NHL said that the league shouldn’t study the long-term impacts on retired players, leaving that to the NFL.
The Seattle Times | Oct 19, 2015
Following a cluster of terrible injuries on Washington state high-school football fields, the Seattle Times editorial board had a conversation with brain-injury experts and an NFL health and safety executive.
The Huffington Post | Oct 15, 2015
Former NFL lineman Adrian Robinson Jr.'s diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was confirmed through officials at a brain bank at Boston University on Wednesday. Scientists continue to debate the potential links among concussions, CTE and suicide. Concerns about repeated concussions have led to congressional hearings and new rules on when student and professional athletes can return to play.
TIME | Oct 15, 2015
“I don’t see how a reasonable person would argue that we should count pitches to protect the elbow, but not count hits to protect the brain.” TIME makes the case for why we need hit counts in football. Concussion Legacy FoundationExecutive Director Christopher Nowinski weighs in.
UCLA | Oct 6, 2015
UCLA neuroscientists report in a new study that a diet high in processed fructose interferes with the brain’s ability to heal. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury.
Futurity | Oct 5, 2015
A survey of US adults suggests the vast majority don’t know the definition of a concussion and many don’t know the injury is treatable. The national survey of 2,012 Americans age 18 and over was conducted online in April by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The survey results show that, despite a lack of knowledge and understanding, there is a high level of concern and even fear across the country.
MedScape | Oct 5, 2015
The attention and bright lights are new to Dr Omalu, who remembers a solitary Saturday alone in the Allegheny County medical examiner's office where his journey began. Fresh out of his fellowship training in neuropathology, Dr Omalu found himself looking down at the body of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster.
ScienceLine | Oct 5, 2015
“Your brain is not a beach ball. It does not bounce around inside your skull,” says Barclay Morrison, who instead compares the brain to Jell-O. A professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, Morrison wants to dispel the common misconception that during a car accident, the brain bangs about inside the skull. Instead, like gelatin in a bowl, brain cells warp as their container, the skull, is jostled, he says.