Can research develop early detection of CTE?

Can research develop early detection of CTE?

Over 700 mixed martial arts fighters and boxers have enrolled in a study at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Revo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas over the last six years. The study involves both active and retired fighters and is looking for the early signs of trauma-induced brain injury based on subtle changes in blood chemistry, brain imaging and performance testing.

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Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

After listening to several former NFL players testify about the effects and risks of traumatic brain injury, one member of the House of Representatives says he will donate his brain for concussion research. Rep. David Cicilline from Rhode Island, who used to play football earlier in his life, says he has pledged to donate his […]

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Samantha Buono

CTE took her dad’s life, but this mom says she can’t stop her son from playing football

Every year, parents across the country have to make a hard decision: “do I let my child play football?” It wasn’t such a difficult decision not all that long ago, but the increasing evidence tying repeated concussions to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has made the issue much more complicated. For Samantha Buono, the choice was […]

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NRI at the Zarrow Mental Health Association

This year’s Zarrow Symposium, organized by the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, garnered national news for its powerful themes of diversity and inclusion. Among notable speakers like Dr. Cornell West, our own CEO Dr. Rolf Gainer presented his talk “Resilience After Brain Injury Disability (pdf).” Shortly after that presentation, Dr. Gainer and Jason Pirtle, the […]

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Canadian bull rider becomes first rodeo star to be diagnosed with CTE

A rising professional athlete in a dangerous sport suddenly takes his life. When doctors examine his brain in an autopsy, they notice the tell-tale signs of the notorious degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The story is common in the world of football. However, in this case, I’m describing young Canadian bull rider Ty […]

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International study suggests concussions increase pro athletes’ chances for mental health issues

A recent study conducted by concussion experts around the world suggests that former professional athletes who have experienced just four or five concussions during their career were 1.5 times more likely to experience mental health issues. The athletes were significantly more likely to report problems with sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression later in life. For […]

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Tulsa teen making “remarkable progress” after brain injury during high school football game

A young Tulsa athlete has made “remarkable progress” recovering from a severe traumatic brain injury sustained during a football game between Union and Owasso High School. Union running back Keviyon Cooper had just helped lead his team to a double-overtime victory with perhaps his best game in his young career when he was rushed to […]

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Girls may take twice as long as boys to recover from concussions

Girls may take twice as long as boys to recover from concussions

When it comes to concussions, there’s a fair amount of evidence that girls have it harder than the boys. Research has shown they are up to twice as likely to experience a concussion and that their symptoms can be more severe than their male counterparts. Now, a new study suggests women may also take up […]

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One in five teens say they’ve had a concussion before graduating high school

One in five teens say they’ve had a concussion before graduating high school

Approximately one in five American teenagers say they’ve had at least one concussion in their life, and all indications suggest that contact sports like football are often the cause. Those are the findings of an expansive study conducted from the University of Michigan aimed at assessing how common brain injuries are among teens and how […]

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CTE experts say breakthrough findings may help diagnose the disease in living athletes

Since its discovery over a decade ago, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been a sort of boogeyman to both the worlds of professional sports (most notably football) and medical research. The permanent degenerative brain disease was known to silently fester in the brains of people affected by repeated head trauma while gradually causing debilitating and […]

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