Brain Injury

Reuters: Concussion leads to post-career mental issues: FIFPro study

Athletes who suffer concussions during their careers are more prone to anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance after retirement, according to new research by soccer’s world players’ union FIFPro. A survey of 576 male former first division soccer, ice hockey and rugby players from France, Finland, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland found that […]

Self: The difference between a heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest

Heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest—you’re probably familiar with all three and know that they’re serious conditions requiring medical attention. But you might not know what’s actually going on in the body during these three events. With that in mind, we talked to experts to flesh out the differences between these conditions, including the signs […]

Consumer Reports: 6 ways to lower your stroke risk

E very 40 seconds or so, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, with adults 65 and older accounting for about two-thirds of these temporary blockages of blood flow to the brain. “As you age, you’re more likely to ­develop risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight,” says Ralph Sacco, M.D., […]

USA Today: Clinic provides hope for athletes with brain injuries: ‘This is going to be huge’

The announcement last month that Aaron Hernandez had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide while in prison did not come as a surprise to many former NFL players. That’s because they suspect they have the degenerative brain disease diagnosed too. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said on Twitter he’s “certain” […]

The Guardian: This is what a brain injury feels like

I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if I was still on the pavement, but then there are plenty of things I don’t remember. As I would find […]

Longevity Live: How to prevent a stroke in 7 steps

Thanks to amazing medical advances, more people than ever are surviving strokes – the blood clots and leaks that block blood flow to parts of the brain. A new study finds that a stroke ages your brain by eight years. Scientists from the University of Michigan compared memory and thinking-speed tests before and after a […]

Scientific American: Concussion recovery is slower in girls, mounting evidence suggests

Recovering from a concussion typically takes female athletes more than twice as long as males, according to a new study that tracked hundreds of teenagers active in sports. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that vulnerability to this injury—and aspects of the healing process—may vary by sex. (October 2, 2017) Read the […]

Medical News Bulletin: Understanding the reemergence of deficits after stroke

A recent study characterized the risk factors and clinical outcome of deficits after stroke, termed poststroke recrudescence (PSR). Stroke is a neurological disease that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked or ruptures. Because blood cannot reach the brain, brain cells begin to die, which can cause very severe symptoms. Stroke […]

New York Times: Managing head trauma in children

Unlike broken limbs, usually detected because of pain and clearly diagnosed with X-rays, head injuries are tricky to diagnose and manage. In many cases where the concern is concussion, there is no medication or surgery that can make a difference — the primary treatment is rest. Public awareness over the ties between concussions and later […]

Futurism: We finally have a way to detect brain damage from concussions in living brains

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a devastating, degenerative neurological condition that strikes athletes who play contact sports, veterans who’ve seen combat, and domestic violence survivors, among others. CTE can affect anyone whose brain sustains too much trauma, even multiple “mild” concussions—but thus far, there’s no way to diagnose the disease until after death, when it’s […]