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Link between stomach and brain could lead to dangerous “feedback loop” after TBI

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Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine say they’ve discovered a relationship between the brain and stomach that could reshape how we think about brain injuries. According to the report published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, a two-way relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intestinal changes may contribute to increased […]

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Expert says the NHL is refusing to take CTE seriously

Expert says the NHL is refusing to take CTE seriously

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Over the last decade, increasing public pressure has forced the NFL to begin taking head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy somewhat seriously. They have enacted waves of new rules and donated millions to research. However, concussions and long-term brain trauma are serious issues for all contact sports and other professional leagues like the NHL have […]

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New study may explain concussion risk differences in men and women

New study may explain concussion risk differences in men and women

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While male-dominated sports like football and boxing receive most of the attention when it comes to concussions, a growing body of evidence suggests that women actually face significantly more risk for brain injuries. Recent findings would indicate that females are at least 50% more likely to experience brain injuries compared to males. As these disparities […]

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Young athletes show subtle brain changes after concussion

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With the increasing awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), many are beginning to recognize the long-term risks of playing football. However, two recent studies suggest we may be underestimating the short-term effects the game can have on the brain. Two separate reports presented at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas at the annual meeting […]

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A saliva test could predict how long children’s concussion symptoms will last

A saliva test could predict how long children’s concussion symptoms will last

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A simple saliva test may soon be used to test children for concussions and predict how long their symptoms may last, according to a small study published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. After a concussion, changes can be observed in the saliva of children, which could allow tests to identify specific microRNA’s associated […]

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CTE confirmed in a living person for the first time

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For the first time in history, researchers say they have confirmed a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) diagnosis in a living person. The specific athlete highlighted in the study was unnamed, but since its publishing, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu has confirmed that he and colleagues have confirmed that former NFL player Fred McNeill was living […]

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Elite high school football players shrug off concussion concerns

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There is no denying that high school football players these days know much more about brain injuries than their predecessors. Between the new concussion-related rules they have to follow, required pre-season education classes, and the constant discussions in the media, teen athletes are given a wealth of information regarding how to identify concussions and their […]

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NFL releases comprehensive concussion data from two most recent seasons

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The NFL is often far from forthcoming when it involves matters of concussions on the field, but last week they released a treasure trove of data collected from the past two seasons. For the study, called the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, the league reviewed footage of the 458 known concussions that occurred throughout the […]

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Aaron Hernandez had severe form of CTE never seen in someone his age

Aaron Hernandez had severe form of CTE never seen in someone his age

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When researchers announced they had founds of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, they noted that he showed signs of severe damage to his brain. However, even they underestimated just how severe the situation was. Speaking at a medical conference Thursday, researchers at Boston University revealed that Hernandez […]

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Some football positions may be riskier for concussions that others

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These days, just about everyone knows football is a dangerous sport for your brain. But, what they might not know is that some positions may be riskier than others. A recently published, NFL-funded study suggests that some players are more likely to experience more severe brain injuries more frequently than other positions. As lead researcher […]

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