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“The Great” DeKosky and Mike Webster’s Brain

“The Great” DeKosky and Mike Webster’s Brain

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In the movie “Concussion” Dr. Steven DeKosky  portrayed by actor Eddie Marsan was referred to as “The Great DeKosky”  by Dr. Ron Hamilton a Neuropathologist and colleague. DeKosky, a Behavioral Neurologist and Dementia expert was supposed to barely have time for Dr. Bennet Omalu and to look at Mike Webster’s brain. In both real life […]

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Boxer ends up with severe brain injury after 312 punches to his head

Boxer ends up with severe brain injury after 312 punches to his head

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Magomed “Mago”Abdusalamov, a former heavyweight boxer, traded punches with Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden in November of 2013. This fight, Mago’s 19th, was his last professional bout. Mago had looked towards this fight as an opportunity to face Wladimir Klitschko, the heavy weight champion, which if he won would be life changing. Instead, the […]

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Brain takes longer to return after concussion

Brain takes longer to return after concussion

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A report of athletes who sustained a concussion showed a significant drop in cerebral blood flow more than a week after their injury while athletes who didn’t have a concussion showed no changes in a comparison of MRI results as reported by Mike McCrea, PhD and his colleagues at the Radiological Society of North America […]

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What happened to our two brains?

What happened to our two brains?

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In the 1960’s and 1970’s neuroscientists spoke  of our “two brains” and traits, skills and even aspects of personality were assigned to a person being either “Right brained” or “Left brained”; creative or logical-art or science. Are we a Dr. Spock or a Leonardo DaVinci? Since then we have learned more about shared functions and […]

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Junior Seau’s Family Not to Speak at Hall of Fame Induction

Junior Seau’s Family Not to Speak at Hall of Fame Induction

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Junior Seau is being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his family has been prohibited from speaking at his induction. As football fans know, Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 by shooting himself in the chest to preserve his brain much like Dave Duerson, another football player who struggled with the aftermath of […]

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“Brain buckets” may not stop football concussions

“Brain buckets” may not stop football concussions

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Football helmets may not be able to stop concussions from happening due to the cause of football concussions being caused by a sudden rotation of the skull and brain. Research at Stanford University conducted by David Camarillo, an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has produced results which indicate that current helmet testing techniques and equipment are […]

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Monoclonal antibodies may prevent CTE

Monoclonal antibodies may prevent CTE

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Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD and his research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical school have connected the development of CTE with high levels of cis P-tau, a protein associated with the plaques seen in CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The build-up is seen as early as 12 hours to 2 months […]

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Florida’s Headgear Rule for Girls’ Lacrosse Creates Controversy

Florida’s Headgear Rule for Girls’ Lacrosse Creates Controversy

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Florida has incurred much debate with the state’s recent rule to require headgear for girls’ lacrosse. Boys’ lacrosse players have worn hard-shell helmets with face protection for years and goal tenders on girls’ team have worn helmets for several decades. The state’s new ruling requires a soft protective device and many of the players use […]

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Chris Borland announces retirement

Chris Borland announces retirement

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Chris Borland, a 24 year old linebacker for the San Francisco 49r’s announced his retirement. Voted as the NFL “top rookie” Borland gained recognition in his short career and was slated to take a key spot in the upcoming season. Borland is walking away from a salary for next season in excess of $500,000. Borland […]

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Death Row Inmate with TBI faces execution

Death Row Inmate with TBI faces execution

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Cecil Clayton faces execution on March 17th unless his lawyers can convince that State of Missouri that Mr. Clayton is suffering from a a mental illness. In 1972, Mr. Clayton received a Traumatic Brain Injury in a sawmill accident which resulted in the loss of about 20% of his frontal lobe. Mr. Clayton was found […]

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