Brain Injury

Newswise: Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved ╬▒II-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes. The complete findings were released today in the Journal of Neurotrauma. This new study builds on previous research […]

WKRC: Studying Effects of Concussions on Teen Drivers

The number of teens who have suffered concussions in the tri-state skyrocketed over the past two years. The dramatic increase raises a new danger on the roads. Several studies are underway to determine how soon teen athletes who suffer concussions can get back to playing their sports. But there’s a far more dangerous question for […]

Medical Xpress: Football Players Found to Have Brain Damage From Mild ‘Unreported’ Concussions

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions. Published in the current issue of JAMA Neurology, this study could improve decision making on when an athlete should “return to play.” According to […]

The Washington Post: Brain-Stimulating Device May Aid Recovery of Stroke Victims

Using non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, researchers at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center may have found a way to help prep a stroke victim’s brain prior to physical therapy to aid a more complete recovery. When one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the corresponding healthy part goes into overdrive in […]

News Medical: Research Shows That Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors May Work in Glioblastoma, Brain Metastases

New evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in glioblastoma and brain metastases was presented by Dr. Anna Sophie Berghoff at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. The novel research shows that brain metastases have dense concentrations of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, providing an immunoactive environment. Moreover, both primary and secondary brain cancers […]

Science Daily: Brain Injuries in Mice Treated Using Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Antioxidants

Researchers of CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU-UCH) for the first time transplanted bone marrow stem cells into damaged brain tissue while applying lipoic acid (a potent antioxidant), with the aim of improving neuroregeneration in the tissue. This new way of repairing brain damage, which combines cellular treatment with drug therapy, has shown positive results, especially […]

Army Times: Oxygen Therapy No Better Than Placebo For Treating Concussion, Study Finds

New research finds that oxygen therapy, administered in the same type of pressurized chamber used to treat scuba divers for decompression sickness, works no better than compressed air for treating troops with lingering symptoms of concussion. Hyperbaric oxygen, or HBO, therapy has been praised by some in the medical community as well as head injury […]

Medical Xpress: Magnetic Repulsion Suggested as Possible Means to Reduce Concussions in Football

Neuroscientist Raymond Colello has been testing the idea of reducing concussions in American football by placing small magnets in helmets to produce a repulsive force between two players. He presented his ideas at this past week’s annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Colello contends that most concussions that occur during a football game happen because of […]