Brain Injury

Newsweek: Repairing the Brain

Will the problem of memory loss one day be forgotten? In the next few weeks the Pentagon’s research-and-development arm will announce a plan to fund the creation of a brain implant to help wounded soldiers recover their mental faculties. The research could also impact the millions of civilians affected by Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain […]

JConline: Parents, coaches grapple with concussion risk in youth football

After years of mounting evidence that professional football players can suffer debilitating brain damage as a result of multiple concussions suffered during their playing years, concern now is spreading at the high school and youth levels regarding the safety of America’s beloved gridiron tradition. Last week, the National Academy of Sciences issued an alarming report […]

The Globe and Mail: Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Music therapy became a clinical profession in the 1940s, after doctors and nurses noticed that war veterans suffering emotional and physical trauma responded well to musicians who gave volunteer performances in hospitals. Nevertheless, the profession spent decades on the fringes of medical science, until the early 1990s when advances in neuro-imaging technologies confirmed that musical […]

The Guardian: Obama: US must change ‘suck-it-up’ culture on concussion and head injuries

America must change its “suck-it-up culture” when it comes to responding to head injuries, President Barack Obama said at a White House event on Thursday, during which he revealed his suspicion that he himself sustained concussions as a young athlete. As the Department of Defense and National Collegiate Athletic Association announced a $30m research programme into the effects of […]

The Atlantic: The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat PTSD

Now the Pentagon is developing a new, innovative brain chip to treat PTSD in soldiers and veterans that could bring sweeping new changes to the way depression and anxiety is treated for millions of Americans. With $12 million (and the potential for $26 million more if benchmarks are met), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, wants to […]

Newsweek: Tau Could Be the Key to Monitoring Brain Damage From Concussions

But it took another 70 years for coaches, players, fans and even doctors to realize that the problem with football collisions isn’t the immediate dizziness after a hit but the concussions that can cause lasting and irreparable damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts more than 1.6 million sports-related traumatic brain injuries a year, and […]

US News & World Report: Obama to tackle youth sports concussions, highlight pledges of money, support to gather data

Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions. Tackling the issue at a White House summit Thursday, […]

Discovery: Brain-Zapping Implant Could Aid Injured Soldiers

DARPA’s SUBNETS program (short for Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) will fund teams of researchers to develop brain interfaces, computational models of brain activity and clinical therapies for illnesses, including depression, chronic pain, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The project is part of the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative, a collaborative effort between government agencies and industry […]

HealthCanal: NYU Scientists Part of White House BRAIN Initiative Project to Target Brain Circuitry to Treat Mental Disorders

Neuroscientists, engineers, and physicians are teaming up for a five-year, $26 million project to develop new techniques for tackling mental illness by building implantable brain-interfacing devices to target and correct malfunctioning neural circuits related to conditions such as clinical depression, addiction, and anxiety disorders. The project, which stems from the White House’s BRAIN Initiative, was […]

The Examiner: Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can damage fetal brain

The report stresses that iodine deficiency can interfere with normal fetal brain development; furthermore, it increases vulnerability to the effects of certain environmental pollutants, such as nitrate, thiocyanate, and perchlorate. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a supplement containing adequate iodide; however, only approximately 15% do so. In addition, some prenatal supplements do not contain enough iodide and may […]