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Can xenon gas prevent blast-related traumatic brain injury?

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The vast majority of traumatic brain injuries are the result of blunt force trauma – striking your head against either the ground or an object. This can also be caused by whiplash-like motions that cause the brain to bounce against the inside of the skull. However, a number of brain injuries – particularly those endured […]

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FDA approves blood test that promises to diagnose brain trauma

FDA approves blood test that promises to diagnose brain trauma

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new blood test that could help diagnose concussions without the need for X-rays. According to the FDA, the test can speed up treatment and potentially save money. However, experts say the blood test isn’t quite what people are promising. Billed as a “blood test for concussion”, […]

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Defending gold medalist backs out of Olympics after head injury

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The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has many world champions defending their titles across a wide range of sports this week, but one defending gold medalist won’t be seen. Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov decided he wouldn’t be competing over the weekend, citing the effects of a recent head injury. Unfortunatly, my brain needs time to recover […]

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1 in 14 children have experienced head injuries

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When all the focus is on professional adult athletes, it can be easy to forget that concussions are an issue affecting people of all types. Sports may put you at increased risk for a head injury, but any person can experience a concussion from a wide variety of incidents, including falls, vehicle accidents, and assault. […]

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Angela Ruggiero

Female Olympians publicly pledge their brains to concussion and CTE research

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Starting Friday, the world’s eyes will be on Pyeongchang, South Korea as we watch athletes compete for the gold medal. But, in the days leading up to the opening ceremonies, some athletes are making big decisions that could have implications on athletics in the future. U.S. Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor joined with two other […]

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Researchers find strongest evidence yet linking TBI to dementia

Researchers find strongest evidence yet linking TBI to dementia

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There has long been a body of anecdotal evidence associating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and dementia, but the connection has remained largely unclear. Now, a team of researchers from Umea University in Sweden says they’ve found the strongest evidence yet showing that TBI can directly increase the risk for dementia in older adults. According to […]

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Two states propose bills banning youth tackle football to prevent CTE

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Two bills were proposed in state legislatures this week that would ban tackle football in youth football organizations before the age of 12, citing concerns about the risks for long-term brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The bill proposed in Illinois is named the “Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE” after the former Chicago Bears […]

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VA works with PINK Concussions to encourage PTSD and TBI research in women

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Donated brains have become an integral part of research into both chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the vast majority of brains donated to brain banks have come from male athletes and soldiers. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to correct this discrepancy with a collaboration between its […]

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Rob Gronkowski’s concussion raises questions about Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is still more than two weeks away, yet the NFL is already dealing with a concussion drama that could have significant effects on the big game. Rob Gronkowski, one of the New England Patriots’ star players is in the league’s concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the AFC championship game […]

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CTE may not require a history of concussion

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a permanent neurodegenerative brain disease brought on by repeated head trauma. Often, people interpret this to mean CTE is caused by concussions, however, a recent study shows concussions don’t necessarily have to be a part of the equation. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an […]

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