Brain Injury

CBC: Concussions a common enemy for Olympic athletes

Like many of Canada’s elite winter athletes, Spencer O’Brien has suffered a concussion. In fact, several. The Olympic snowboarder believes her most recent one, which happened a little over a year ago and caused her to miss the rest of the season, was the fifth time she has been concussed while competing. “It was difficult,” […]

Medical Xpress: African Americans live shorter lives due to heart disease and stroke

The average lifespan of African Americans is significantly shorter than white Americans, mostly because of heart disease and stroke, which contributed to more than two million years of life lost among African Americans between 1999 and 2010, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. (October 23, 2017) Read […]

U.S. News & World Report: State laws help reduce concussions in youth sports

State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working. Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect young athletes against traumatic brain injury (TBI). Washington state was the first in 2009. Most of the laws require athletes with suspected concussions […]

U.S. News & World Report: Who’s most at risk of head injury in youth football?

Young football players are more likely to experience a brain-jarring hit to the head if they’re part of a team’s running and passing game or a fast-moving defender, a small study found. High-magnitude head impacts most often involve positions such as quarterback, running back and linebacker as those players sprint across an open field, Virginia […]

Harvard Health: Women’s stroke rate stubbornly steady

Men are less likely to have strokes than they were 10 years ago, but the risk for women has stayed about the same, according to a study of stroke data from Ohio and Kentucky, published online on August 21 by Neurology. The question is, why? “This study raises important concerns about the lack of decline […]

Medscape: ‘Alarming’ increase in stroke risk factors

Despite many prevention initiatives, the prevalence of conventional stroke risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, drug abuse, and smoking, actually appears to be on the rise among new ischemic stroke patients in the United States, a new study shows. Other vascular conditions, such as chronic renal failure, coronary artery disease, and carotid stenosis, also appear […]

Live Science: Why do we get addicted to things?

Two years ago, after struggling from Post-Concussion Syndrome, I founded National Concussion Awareness Day. In my journey I saw firsthand the lack of understanding that surrounds mild traumatic brain injury. At first, I didn’t even recognize my own symptoms. I am not an athlete and had never been educated about concussions. (October 16, 2017) Read […]

R&D Magazine: Key molecule sheds light on common brain injuries

Scientists have begun to piece together what happens to a key molecule during the most common types of brain injury. Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC)/North Carolina State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering are starting to understand what happens to axons— thin, fragile and long stalks that grow out of the bodies of […]

NPR: Health conditions that increase stroke risk rise across all ages, races

For years, doctors have been warning us that high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, illegal drug use and diabetes increase our chances of having a potentially fatal stroke. And yet, most of the stroke patients showing up at hospitals from 2004 to 2014 had one or more of these risk factors. And the numbers of people at […]