Brain Injury

Democrat & Chronicle: UR study: Football impact on brain lingers

A football season of only routine hits to the helmet might inflict enough injury to the brain that six months of normal, non-contact activity afterward isn’t enough time for it to heal. That’s what a University of Rochester research study of 10 of the school’s players suggests. The results, published Thursday, provide a new look […]

Today Online: PET Scans Could Predict Extent of Recovery from Brain Injury, Trials Show

Doctors believe they may have found a reliable way to assess whether patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain injury are likely to wake up, raising ethical questions about the best treatment for those in an unresponsive state. In a hospital trial, brain scans using PET technology — positron emission tomography — identified […]

MMQBI: If You Give a Mouse a Concussion

One of the most important recent developments in the treatment of brain trauma—and by extension, the future of football—may have been discovered by a clumsy intern. Theo Roth is a St. Louis-born, Alabama-raised Stanford graduate who finagled his way into a National Institutes of Health internship in the summer of 2010, after his senior year of high school. […]

Psych Central: Teen Head Injuries Linked to Greater Suicide Risk

Emerging research suggests that teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) such as a concussion are at “significantly greater odds” of attempting suicide, being bullied, and engaging in a variety of high-risk behaviors. “Investigators found that these teens were also more likely to become bullies themselves, to have sought counseling through a crisis […]

Providence Journal: Federal Judge Rejects NFL Concussion Settlement, for Second Time

A federal judge in Philadelphia has again denied preliminary approval of the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s order Wednesday also denies class-action status to lawsuits filed by thousands of retired players, at least for now. The ruling comes after Brody asked lawyers for more details to support […]

The Herald- Scotland: Brain Injury Concern as Former Footballer Dies of Dementia at 65

Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, has produced evidence that shows playing rugby can cause early onset dementia. He said last night that the conclusive evidence of causal link between brain damage and football could only be found if children were divided into two groups, one heading a […]

Fox News: Off-Season May Not Be Long Enough For Football Players’ Brain Health

The time between football seasons may not be enough for players’ brains to recover from hard hits to their heads during games and practices, suggests a new, small study. Researchers discovered changes in the white matter of 10 college football players’ brains after one season, compared to people who didn’t play sports. After six months […]