Brain Injury

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 […]

News-Medical: Study: Apolipoprotein E mimetic peptide protects against diffuse brain injury

Because the majority of patients with diffuse brain injury are not suitable candidates for surgery, neuroprotective agents are of great importance. Apolipoprotein E exerts a neuroprotective effect against brain injury, but synthetic apolipoprotein E cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, thus limiting its application.It has been reported that apolipoprotein E (138) mimetic peptide can cross the blood-brain barrier […]

Washington Times: Pentagon spending $30 million to develop brain implants

Boston researchers are set to launch a five-year, $30 million brain implant project based on President Obama’s “BRAIN” initiative — an ambitious Department of Defense project that is aimed at helping combat veterans deal with the mental injuries and stresses of battlefield deployments. The “BRAIN” project was unveiled last year with hope of it sparking […]

UCSF: Untangling the Brain Circuits in Mental Illness

A team of scientists and physicians led by UC San Francisco is launching a $26 million project, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to map the human brain circuits that go awry in neuropsychiatric disorders and employ advanced technology to correct these patterns. It’s one of the first projects launched in support of […]