Brain Injury

CBS News: Injuries on the rise in high school lacrosse

High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds. Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to […]

Medical Xpress: Detecting concussion-related brain disease in its earliest stages

Autopsies have shown that some high-profile athletes who suffered repeated blows to the head during their careers have unusual protein clumps in their brains. Those clumps suggest the athletes had a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now, scientists are working on tests that might be able to detect CTE in its earliest stages, according […]

The Daily Beast: Dysfunctional Congress Prepares to Claim Another Victim: Injured Veterans

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that a pilot program to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries should be extended. But they can’t seem to pass the needed legislation. Despite bipartisan support, Congress has not been able to pass an extension of the rehabilitation program. Since last fall, the extension has been attached […]

Medscape: Caring for the ‘Hidden Patient’ After Stroke

Post-stroke interventions that combine skill-building, such as problem-solving and stress management, with practical education may improve quality of life for both stroke survivors and their caregiver, concludes a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Scientific Statement. Tailored interventions delivered face to face or by telephone in 5 to 9 sessions also appear to reap […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers discover neuroprotective role of immune cell

A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to Cleveland Clinic research published today in the online journal Nature Communications. The research team, […]

US News: Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

People who are older than 65 who’ve had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and found that those factors could up […]

PR Web: Doctor’s 7 Coping Strategies for “Chemo Brain”

For a number of years, cancer patients have faced the frustrating mental fog that accompanies chemotherapy treatment, known commonly as ‘chemo brain.’ This mental fog can affect patients who have undergone chemotherapy treatments of any duration, not just long-term treatment. “Chemo Brain” tends to present individuals with problems primarily related to attention, memory, and general […]

Fox News: Mild traumatic brain injury may cause cognitive problems, lasting brain damage

While much is known about the effects of severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI), less attention has been paid to mild and moderate brain injuries. In a new study published in Neurology, researchers have found that mild TBI may impact patients’ cognition and brain matter. “The [study’s] focus was really on the mild end… because they’re […]