Stanford Rountable Suggests Advances in Neuroscience

We still know remarkably little about how the brain works. It is one of the most complex systems in the world, endlessly flexible and amazingly self-healing, but after decades of study, much of the brain is still a mystery. Saturday, October 6, the speakers at the “Gray Matters” 2012 Roundtable at Stanford gave a sense […]

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Oklahoma Man Shows a Stroke Can’t Stop Him

Gary Farnum used to be brilliant. He was the head of the family, a high performing Chesapeake Energy attorney, and he was in great shape from endurance bicycling. He also had a great vocabulary. In one moment, that Gary disappeared and was replaced with someone who relied on others for even the most basic things. […]

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Maine Man Gives Insight into Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury

In a sad twist of fate, on October 24, 2000, the designated driver taking three friends home suffered a traumatic brain injury from a terrible wreck in Sanford, Maine. That designated driver’s name is Ryan Towne. He was only 25 years old at the time. Towne was raised in the same town his parents and […]

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Please Support The TBI Act

On March 21, 2012, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Rep. Todd Russell Platts introduced The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, H.R. 4238 to the House of Representatives. The act would amend the Public Health Service Act to include The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects for the prevention of Traumatic Brain Injuries. It […]

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The Importance of Education in Diagnosing Concussions

With every passing year, we have more evidence that repeated concussions lead to early-onset dementia and depression in professional athletes. This has raised numerous questions about the safety of what is arguably America’s favorite sport. The most notable question is what to do about the number of kids possibly endangering themselves by playing youth football. […]

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Stop Calling It a Mild Concussion

It isn’t uncommon for professional football players to get hit hard enough to forget where they are, what the score is, or what quarter it is. That’s what happened to the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III on Sunday, when he incurred a concussion. Specifically, as Mike Shanahan calls it, a “mild” concussion. By proclaiming Griffin’s injuries […]

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Why Concussions Are So Hard To Diagnose

Eight years ago, 11-year-old Zack Pope got beaned during a little league game. He finished the game strong and everything seemed fine. It wasn’t until a month later he began to complain of feeling dizzy, and migraine headaches became a regular problem for Zack. Five months later, a neurologist finally connected the dots. Zack had […]

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New App Can Help Diagnose Concussions

There’s been plenty of coverage about the risk for concussions while playing football. The biggest issue is the cumulative nature of concussions. Georgia Health Sciences University Sports Head Trainer Time McLane described the problem as “they occur and add up over time if you don’t watch it.” The moments immediately following a concussion are a […]

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Should Lou Gehrig’s Medical Records Be Released?

Some lawmakers in Minnesota are trying to force the release of Lou Gehrig’s medical records. They say the records might give some insight as to whether the famous baseball player died of the disease named after him, or if repetitive head trauma played some kind of role. The holders of the records, the Mayo Clinic, […]

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Stroke Drug Discovered By Toronto Doctor

After more than 1,000 tries by many scientists, 15 years of work have paid off for a Toronto doctor who has created a drug that could limit brain damage during strokes. “NA-1” is a neuroprotectant drug created by Dr. Michael Tymianski that can diminish damage caused by reduced blood flow to the brain during a […]

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