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Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Create Observable Brain Damage

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Create Observable Brain Damage

The common concussion is typically thought to be of little risk, but a new study published in Neurology shows that even mild traumatic brain injury can cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems. The study evaluated 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with moderate traumatic brain injury and compared [...]

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Death by Denial: When Society and Medicine Disavow Brain Injury

Death by Denial: When Society and Medicine Disavow Brain Injury

Recently I had the privilege of conversing with the parents of an Afghanistan war veteran who tragically lost his life in a shooting encounter with Tulsa police.  In many of the early media reports, the parents recognized that the police officer was only doing his job to protect the neighborhood. His mother also acknowledged that [...]

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New Editorial Calls For New Concussion Protocols in Soccer

Last week I discussed the handling of potential brain injuries in the World Cup, along with countless other critics who have seen players endure harsh blows to the head which cause them to collapse and writhe in pain, only to see the players return to the game moments later looking dazed but determined to play [...]

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Teens With Concussion Related Vision Problems or Noise Sensitivity Likely to Have Emotional Symptoms

Teens With Concussion Related Vision Problems or Noise Sensitivity Likely to Have Emotional Symptoms

Emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression have been associated with concussions and traumatic brain injuries for years, but brain injuries are far from heterogeneous. While some brain injury victims experience chronic headaches or nausea, others experience depression or irritability, and others experience a combination of these and other symptoms. But, a new study may give [...]

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The World Cup Showcases Why FIFA Needs a New Concussion Policy

This weekend the World Cup will come to an end as Germany and Argentina square off for the championship, but this year’s tournament has created its fair share of controversy that seems likely to hang over the sport moving forward. The biggest controversy likely to haunt FIFA when the World Cup springs back into action [...]

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CT Scans Aren’t Always Needed For Children With Head Trauma

Anyone brought to a medical professional for mild head trauma undergoes a fairly standard process. First, the will answer a barrage of questions about how their injury occurred and what their current symptoms are. Then, they are likely to run through a few tests of motor function, before finally being sent off for a CT [...]

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NCAA Announce New Concussion Guidelines, But Are They Strong Enough?

The NCAA has received harsh criticism for their lax concussion rules, and they have finally taken a step towards addressing the complaints by releasing a new set of guidelines for concussion safety, including restrictions that limit live contact football practices to two per week during the season. However, many are not pleased by the guidelines [...]

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Metal Fan Suffers Brain Injury From Headbanging

There are plenty of common ways people suffer brain injuries. Car crashes, falls, and sports are all widely recognized for their potential for brain injuries, but there is one way to get a brain injury rarely observed until recently: rocking too hard. A 50-year-old fan of the band Motorhead was experiencing worsening headaches for over a [...]

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Ex-NFL Player and Brain Injury Awareness Advocate Releases Song Inspired By TBI And His Daughters

Ben Utecht is most well-known for the years he spent playing for the Colts and Bengals in the NFL before he was forced to retire, but he is quickly becoming the face of the NFL’s concussion problem. Utecht retired from football in 2009, after suffering a concussion – his fifth diagnosed brain injury in six [...]

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Living with Long-Term Effects of Brain Injury, Medicaid Waivers are an Answer

Recovery from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can be a long and difficult path, and often help is needed to get the level of rehabilitation required for a positive long-term outcome. Of course some may be lucky enough to avoid the incapacitating effects of a more severe brain injury. But, for others lack [...]

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