News Traumatic Brain Injury
News Traumatic Brain Injury
Concussion in former NFL players related to brain changes later in life
A new first of its kind study of former NFL players has determined that players who lost consciousness due to a concussion suffered during their playing days exhibited a key difference in their brain structure in later life. The study’s findings, which were published in JAMA Neurology publication, were that the former players had a smaller hippocampus compared to a control group
Tracy Morgan’s brain injury: Recovery can take years
Almost a year after the horrific traffic accident that wounded his body and injured his brain, Tracy Morgan says he is on the mend, although he still walks with a cane and has headaches and memory problems. “I have my good days and my bad days when I forget things,” he told Today’s Matt Lauer. “There are times when I have the headaches and the nose bleeds.
Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?
Oodles of studies suggest that banging your head—maybe even a single time—causes short-term damage to the brain, but more recently, it’s become alarmingly clear that there may also be profound long-term consequences. The process of exactly what happens to the brain after a knock on the noggin is still barely understood, as is the question of who is most vulnerable to long-lasting effects, or who is most at risk for permanent damage.
The Women Who Face More Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players
A closer look at the high risk of traumatic brain injury faced by women who are victims of domestic violence. It’s hard to assess the extent of the problem since victims of domestic abuse are so often reluctant to come forward to seek help, which further compounds the problem of diagnosing TBI in the first place.
Making an impact on concussions
Researchers are starting to take a closer look at the biomechanics associated with concussion and other milder forms of brain injury in the hope of designing more effective safety helmets for young athletes. Part of the research is also exploring whether certain psychological factors or personality traits may give rise to an increased likelihood for the incidence of concussions among student athletes.
Third of traumatic brain injury patients readmitted
The study examined nearly 30,000 traumatic brain injury patients discharged from Ontario hospitals over eight years. The study found that about 36% had been readmitted within three years of their initial injury due to a variety of factors. Previously, readmission rates had been reported at about 25%, they said in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Soccer Moms’ Head-Injury Suit Against FIFA to Be Tossed Out
In the wake of the recent settlement of the suit by football players against the NFL over traumatic brain injuries, the sport of soccer is now in the cross hairs of class action litigation. Despite a Federal Judge’s initial dismissal of a class action complaint filed against FIFA, it sounds as if the door remains open to an amended complaint and this litigation is unlikely to go away, any more than the serious injuries sustained by countless young soccer players will.
How concussions can lead to poor grades
Along with all the attention on TBI and sports in the courtroom, there is mounting research to support the growing concern about the long term effects from sport related brain injury on kid’s performance in the classroom. This connection (which frankly strikes us as nothing more than common sense) has been most recently supported by a report appearing in the journal of Pediatrics, which concluded that children who had concussions tend to experience more problems concentrating, keeping up and paying attention in school, with these symptoms being worse as a function of the recency of the injury.
Yoga as a Catalyst after Brain Injury
Is there a place for Yoga in the rehabilitation and treatment for patients recovering from TBI? This blog posted by Janna Leyde strongly suggests Yoga is an option worth considering. Janna is a writer and Yoga instructor whose blog is featured as part of Brainline.com. Her interest in using Yoga to help TBI patients stems from her own experience as a care-giver and family member after her father suffered serious TBI in a car accident many years ago.
Brain Brownout: Concussion Recovery May Be Slower For Women
Recent research published in the journal Radiology that shows women may be at greater risk to long term memory impairment and slower recovery associated with mild brain injury.
Are Helmets Required in Pennsylvania and New Jersey?
It’s hard to believe but helmet laws are still not on the books in many states including Pennsylvania. The statistics maintained by the NHTSA provide compelling evidence that helmets are instrumental in saving lives and money by reducing the incidence and severity of TBI but still the legislators and motorcycle riders don’t take heed.
One Million Bikes Recalled by Trek Due to Hazard in Quick Release Mechanism
A manufacturer’s recall for more than a million bicycles manufactured between 2000 and 2015 highlights the potential dangers of TBI from a defective front wheel brake assembly.
Olfactory Impairment and Traumatic Brain Injury in Blast-Injured Combat Troops
Neurological testing of the first cranial nerve, which carries the sensory information for the sense of smell, is rarely performed. A new study from the Walter Reed National Military Center provides proof that olfactory testing should be performed.
Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says
Testing soldiers’ sense of smell can help diagnose those with traumatic brain injury, a new study shows. The findings suggest that doctors in combat zones could use smell tests to help identify soldiers who require immediate brain scans, thereby improving frontline care of those with blast injuries, the researchers said.
Living an Unfiltered Life
Brain injury is the last thing you think about until it’s the only thing you think about. And so it was for our family. At forty-nine years old, my professional career was in full swing. I had just married the girl of my dreams. There was a healthy and fun rhythm to our lives; days were long and the sun shined upon us. Until that fated day in 2010 when everything changed. And I do mean everything.
Attitudes in sports around brain injuries have changed to ensure health and wellness of athletes
Concussions have seen a higher profile over the past few years, in no small part due to the plight of former NFL players who have sustained multiple concussions during their career. The case of Chris Borland of the San Fransisco 49ers sticks out especially, who retired this past offseason at the age of 24, after only one season due to concerns over the effects of multiple concussions. This points to a trend of players being more mindful about the effects of concussions…
VIRTUAL REALITY AND THE NEW HOPE FOR SOLVING THE CONCUSSION CRISIS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2006 that there are an estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions each year. The earlier a concussion is spotted, the better the chance of mitigating long-term damage—only the CDC also found that many go undetected, because current testing methods are too rudimentary. Advanced tests exist, but they require large medical devices that could never be used on the sideline at a game.