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Smartphone app helps teens recover from concussions by making symptoms the enemy

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After a concussion, most people are told to avoid electronic devices like televisions or smartphones because it is believed that they can worsen the brain’s ability to heal. However, a new study published in the journal Brain Injury suggests using a specific smartphone app every day may actually be able to help people recover their […]

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Welcome back Michael Mason

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We are thrilled to welcome back Michael Mason to the NRI and Brookhaven Hospital team! Michael made many contributions during his previous eight year tenure here, including the launch of our blog, NeuroNotes. He is the author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and its Aftermath, published in 2008, which Oliver Sacks described at […]

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50 years of living with a TBI: Craig J. Phillips continues to help others

50 years of living with a TBI: Craig J. Phillips continues to help others

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When Craig J. Phillips was 10 he had a severe brain injury which has impacted his life. Craig went on to complete a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and operates Second Chance to Live which provides inspiration and help to people living with brain injury disabilities. Craig’s articles and videos are part of a tremendous […]

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Mark Gastineau deals with football’s aftermath

Mark Gastineau deals with football’s aftermath

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Mark Gastineau, a retired defensive end with the New York Jets, revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Syndrome and Dementia. Gastineau played 1o years with the New York Jets.

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Running Back’s Concussion Reminds Us Most Brain Injuries Happen Off The Field

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Anyone keeping up with the NFL knows about the league’s “concussion crisis” and the high risk of experiencing a brain injury playing the sport. However, it is often forgotten that concussions can happen anywhere, anytime. Green Bay Packer fans got a fresh reminder of this today, as Packers running back James Starks was sidelined for […]

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MRI Scans Find Brain Changes In Football Players After Just One Season

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New findings presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) indicate high school football players may develop brain abnormalities related to repeated head impacts after just a single season. Using advanced MRI scans, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas were able to detect abnormalities in brain […]

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November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

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Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month, and, in honor of that, our Brookhaven’s November Seminar was, “Living with a diagnosis: different perspectives for care partners and persons diagnosed.” It was one of the best I have attended in the year I have been part of the Brookhaven family. Nancy […]

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What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

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If you’ve heard about the “concussion crisis” in the NFL or the long-term risks of traumatic brain injury, you’ve likely heard of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It is the boogeyman that has been linked to high-profile suicides like Junior Seau and was highlighted in the film “Concussion.” But, what actually is CTE? Despite being in […]

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CDC Tackles Youth Concussions

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Football is beloved by many throughout the U.S. The affinity for it in certain states, though, such as Oklahoma, goes well beyond fondness. Similar to someone deeply in love, the flaws of the sport are glossed over, unrecognized, while the positives (teamwork, athleticism, excitement and entertainment value) are exalted. It seems that for those who […]

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FDA Approves Testing to Assist in Brain Injury Determination

FDA Approves Testing to Assist in Brain Injury Determination

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The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) under their guidelines as a “device.” This test is intended to be utilized as part of a larger medical evaluation to diagnose brain injury or concussion. It’s hard to believe that football season is once again upon […]

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