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Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Driving simulator tries to answer if it is safe to drive after a concussion

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After a concussion, a person is likely to experience a mix of cognitive issues, vision problems, headaches, nausea, and even mood problems that can make their daily activities difficult or potentially dangerous. They may be forced to take time off work or school, as well as being told to avoid athletic activities. Despite all this, […]

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Did CTE drive Aaron Hernandez to murder?

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From the start of his 2013 trial for murder to his death by suicide earlier this year, one question has loomed silently in the background of Aaron Hernandez’s troubled life: were brain injuries to blame for his increasingly violent and erratic behavior? His early life was relatively calm. While Hernandez was a widely-liked and respected […]

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