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U.S. News and World Report | Jul 11, 2019

"One in 3 women in the United States has experienced intimate partner violence. What we found leads us to believe that many people are walking around with undiagnosed brain injury," said lead researcher Julianna Nemeth.

The Boston Globe | Jul 9, 2019

In 2008, during a preseason football scrimmage for Buckingham Browne & Nichols, 16-year-old Zach McLeod suffered a blow to the head that caused an acute internal brain bleed. “He survived, but part of his brain did not,” says Zach’s father, Pat. He and his wife, Tammy, describe their experience dealing with this change as one of "ambiguous loss."

The New York Times | Jul 8, 2019

Caring for someone who's suffered a stroke can be challenging. “People don’t know what to do and they usually can’t guess,” caregiver Kelly Renzoni said. “Until you’re in this kind of situation, you have no clue what it’s like.” She offers her insights and advice on how to navigate the caregiver's role on the road to recovery.

Reader's Digest | Jul 3, 2019

“I knew something wasn’t right but I really didn’t think too much of it,” says the 30-year-old Lauren Barnathan. She ignored the symptoms of her stroke and it cost her a full recovery. Now she's on a mission to educate others about the signs - and encourage them to act before it's too late.

Scientific American | Jul 2, 2019

Shutting down an inflammatory molecule could potentially provide treatment days after onset. “The immune, or inflammatory, response is turning out to be a real common denominator among many neurologic diseases,” says senior study co-author Katrin Andreasson, a professor of neurology at Stanford. “The question we asked was: What immunological pathways are involved after stroke? We think we found one.”

The New York Times | Jul 1, 2019

“I couldn’t read; I couldn’t write. I could see the hospital signs, the elevator signs, the therapists’ cards, but I couldn’t understand them,” wrote Ted Baxter. But he refused to give up.

The Washington Post | Jun 28, 2019

American soccer icon Brandi Chastain says she sometimes “can’t remember some details of a place we went . . . or somebody’s last name.” Both Chastain and fellow soccer player Michelle Akers have long wondered what effect the headers and other knocks to the head they took during games have had on their neurological health.

The New York Times | Jun 28, 2019

Researchers have found a way to detect “covert consciousness” that could aid the recovery of people with severe brain injuries.

The Guardian | Jun 27, 2019

Rugby league legend Peter Sterling says he will donate his brain to science following the discovery of a disease linked to repeated concussions in American sport in two former Australian rugby league players. 

ABC News | Jun 27, 2019

A recent parliamentary inquiry into the mental health of first responders found 10 percent of employees have probable PTSD, compared to the general population which is estimated to be 4 percent.

The Beyond Blue report cited in the inquiry also found more than a fifth of emergency service workers have high levels of psychological stress — almost three times the national average.

The New York Times Magazine | Jun 26, 2019

“Using annual estimates of severe physical violence,” Valera notes in a study published last fall in the Journal of Neurotrauma, “1.6 million women can be estimated to sustain repetitive T.B.I.s in comparison to the total annual numbers of T.B.I.s reported for the military and N.F.L. at 18,000 and 281 respectively.”

Part of the problem is that women hurt by intimate partners tend to hide that fact, making them hard to identify and study. But the bigger issue is that public outrage and advocacy play a major role in determining what research gets funded. In the case of head trauma, almost all the attention is going to football — and so, by extension, to only one gender.

The New York Times | Jun 25, 2019

In January 2018, while I was chaperoning my daughter’s school ice-skating trip, a sturdy third-grade boy lost control and came sliding into me from behind on his knees. He was just the right-size projectile to undercut my skates and send me flying backward on the ice, where I landed on my head. Thus began my ignoble descent into becoming a philosopher on brain rest.

Bicycling | Jun 24, 2019

According to the largest ever medical review on the sport of mountain biking, which included more than 2,000 Enduro World Series (EWS) racers, nearly one third said they went ahead and finished their race immediately after being concussed, and 43 percent of the racers said they took zero time off the bike after a concussion.

PsyPost | Jun 24, 2019

Research has found that college athletes may be less likely to report a concussion because they consider the impact on their team and their career prospects. A new study from the United States Air Force Academy suggests that a similar dynamic could be at play among pilots. The findings, which appear in PLOS One, suggest that seeking medical assistance for a concussion becomes a problem in some populations when disclosure is viewed as being costly.

Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jun 24, 2019

Flash back to three years ago when my doctors realized I didn’t just sustain a concussion, but a TBI. 

HuffPost | Jun 24, 2019

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often portrayed in films as the mental illness plaguing soldiers who have witnessed unspeakable things in combat. And while this demographic is affected – so are many other people, too.

Craig Press (CO) | Jun 24, 2019

After a stroke or traumatic injury to the brain, some patients will experience decreased language and speech abilities — a common yet often misunderstood condition known as aphasia. Joan Parnell, a speech-language pathologist at Memorial Regional Health, discusses aphasia facts and common misconceptions.

ABC News | Jun 21, 2019
A quicker, more precise method for diagnosing concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) may be on the way. The Food and Drug Administration has designated a portable test for diagnosing and potentially even predicting outcomes in mTBI patients for its Breakthrough Devices Program, which fast-tracks the development, testing and approval of new devices that have the potential to change medical care for life-threatening or debilitating conditions. The device, made by the company BRAINBox Solutions, is a blood test to determine if they’ve had a concussion and will be compared with both computerized imaging of a patient’s brain function and clinical diagnosis tools to test its accuracy.
Medical Xpress | Jun 21, 2019

Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. The findings were published June 14 in the international journal Brain Pathology.

The New York Times | Jun 20, 2019

Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi's decision to ignore medical advice and keep batting even after being floored by a bouncer on Tuesday has prompted demands that cricketers should not be allowed to take those calls.

MD Magazine | Jun 20, 2019

Psychotherapeutic treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) lack data to defend their being preferred over pharmacological treatments, according to a new meta-analysis.

NeurologyToday | Jun 20, 2019

Researchers reported that older people who experienced a concussion had about double the risk of developing dementia in subsequent years compared with a similar age group in the general population.

The New York Times | Jun 18, 2019
Chronic insomnia, which affects 5 percent to 10 percent of older adults, is more than just exhausting. It’s also linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, depression, anxiety and premature death. It may also be a risk factor for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease.
Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jun 18, 2019
Living with a brain injury means a lot of things can change. Conversations change. Relationships change. Your thoughts about yourself may change. Alyssa Strauss discusses her experiences of feeling misunderstood because of her traumatic brain injury.
WBFO (Buffalo, NY) | Jun 18, 2019
Ontario fans of the Toronto Raptors watching a championship finals game last week suddenly saw a rough TV ad about the risks of concussions—a young women was hurt in a soccer game and started to bleed from her nose, but kept playing because she is "doin' whatever it takes." The ad was part of the provincial government's hard push against concussions in its Hit-Stop-Sit campaign. The goal is to ensure young people across canada are safer by requiring checks if a young athlete appears to have suffered a concussion. The campaign covers coaches, families and athletes.