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What can woodpeckers teach us about brain injury?

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The people working on treating and preventing brain injuries often look toward the woodpecker. These birds smack their heads against trees thousands of times a day, yet they don’t get brain injuries. Or, do they? Because woodpeckers don’t show any signs of behavioral changes or memory issues as they age, we have all assumed their […]

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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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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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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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David Irving’s concussion reveals brain injury treatment issues for more than the NFL

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When Dallas Cowboy’s pass rusher David Irving experienced a concussion earlier this year, he probably didn’t expect to become a standout case for how brain injuries are mismanaged in both football and the larger medical community. But, after hiding his symptoms and getting into a car wreck shortly afterward, he has become just that. Irving […]

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Motorcycle drivers and passengers face high risk for TBI – helmet or no helmet

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Motorcycle riders and their passengers face a uniquely high risk for traumatic brain injuries, especially if they neglect to put on a helmet. This might seem like common sense, but a new U.S. study shows a large number of riders still go helmetless – especially when it comes to passengers. The new study, published in […]

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Young athletes show subtle brain changes after concussion

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With the increasing awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), many are beginning to recognize the long-term risks of playing football. However, two recent studies suggest we may be underestimating the short-term effects the game can have on the brain. Two separate reports presented at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas at the annual meeting […]

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A saliva test could predict how long children’s concussion symptoms will last

A saliva test could predict how long children’s concussion symptoms will last

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A simple saliva test may soon be used to test children for concussions and predict how long their symptoms may last, according to a small study published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. After a concussion, changes can be observed in the saliva of children, which could allow tests to identify specific microRNA’s associated […]

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Some football positions may be riskier for concussions that others

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These days, just about everyone knows football is a dangerous sport for your brain. But, what they might not know is that some positions may be riskier than others. A recently published, NFL-funded study suggests that some players are more likely to experience more severe brain injuries more frequently than other positions. As lead researcher […]

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Young hockey players show signs of brain damage three months after concussion

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The typical concussion is thought to take between one to two weeks to recover from. At least, that is what doctors and patients alike believed until recently. The latest studies suggest that while concussion symptoms can fade away within the weeks after a brain injury, the damage to the brain may last quite a bit […]

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