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NFL Players Show Brain Changes Later In Life Related To Past Concussions

NFL Players Show Brain Changes Later In Life Related To Past Concussions

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A new study, published in JAMA Neurology, contributes to evidence supporting an association between brain injuries and long-term memory impairments by showing former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness related to a concussion show unique differences in brain structure later in life. In a study the researchers, comprised of neurologists and neuropsychologists at […]

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Ex-NFL Players Aren’t So Happy About The New Concussion Settlement

Ex-NFL Players Aren’t So Happy About The New Concussion Settlement

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Many sports fans and brain injury experts are celebrating the recent settlement between the NFL and former players who are experiencing issues related to traumatic brain injury, but one group isn’t so happy. A recent article from Time Magazine shows there is a small but notable group of former players who are upset with the […]

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What Do We Actually Know About Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

What Do We Actually Know About Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

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A few years ago chronic traumatic encephalopathy and traumatic brain injury were just medical jargon the average person was unlikely to encounter, let alone understand. Since then, things have changed drastically. TBI is a common topic in sports and headlines, and CTE has been diagnosed in almost 100 former football players. Unfortunately one thing hasn’t […]

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Concussion Effects Linger In Baseball Players Cleared To Play

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Like the National Football League, and most other professional sporting associations, Major League Baseball has enacted a concussion policy in recent years which makes efforts to protect players from brain injury. Unfortunately, a recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests the MLB concussion policy may not be strong enough. The study, […]

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PET Scans Show Promise at Detecting CTE in the Living

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative brain disease liked to repeated brain injuries, especially in sports. Currently the only way the disease can be diagnosed is through an autopsy examination, but a new study may have found a way to identify the brain disease in living people. The small study, presented in a paper […]

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New Combo of Biomarkers Can Distinguish Concussions From Other Injuries

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Several past studies have found numerous potential blood biomarkers which could help identify and diagnose traumatic brain injury, and now a new report suggests a panel of a select number of these biomarkers is capable of identifying brain injury within hours. Most importantly, the new method uses lab arrays widely available in most health centers. […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Speeds Up Brain Aging

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Serious brain injuries cause changes in the brain similar to those observed in older individuals, according to new findings from researchers at Imperial College London. According to the report published in Annals of Neurology, the researchers evaluated brain scans from over 1,500 healthy people to develop a computer program capable of predicting a person’s age […]

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Can a Smell Test Help Identify Traumatic Brain Injury?

Can a Smell Test Help Identify Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Can your ability to smell help medical professionals diagnose you with a brain injury? According to a new study by Federal researchers published in the journal Neurology, that might be the case. The study led by Air Force Colonel (Dr.) Michael Xydakis, associate professor of Surgery in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at […]

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Experts Speak On Chris Borland’s Concussion-Related Retirement

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Chris Borland caught the sports world by surprise yesterday by announcing his retirement from the NFL after just one promising season playing for the San Francisco 49’s, but brain injury experts are coming out in support of the athlete’s brave decision. “It’s surprising because you don’t see it happen,” said Dr. Kevin Winter, one such […]

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Kansas University Football Players Are Using a New Tool To Watch For Concussions

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While the governing bodies for sports leagues like the NFL and the NCAA are being regularly criticized for dragging their feet on concussion safety, many of the actual teams are taking pro-active stances to ensure the health of their players. One example of this can be found at Kansas University, where the football players will […]

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