Brain Injury

Health Day: ‘Walk & think’ test could be key to concussion care

Can you spell words backwards while you’re walking? Successfully performing that simple test of cognition could help decide whether a concussed athlete is safe to return to play, new research shows. If the athlete can’t simultaneously walk and think in this way, they may not be fully recovered from a concussion and could be at […]

Science Daily: Teens with concussion may benefit from earlier physical therapy

For adolescents with symptoms following a concussion, starting physical therapy (PT) earlier — within less than three weeks after the injury — provides outcomes similar to those of later PT, suggests a study in the July issue of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT). “Multimodal PT interventions administered by licensed physical therapists may be […]

Medical Xpress: Computer therapy can help people with aphasia find lost words

Computer therapy can help people with aphasia learn new words even years after a stroke, a new study conducted by the University of Sheffield has revealed. Researchers from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) found there are a number of significant benefits to using computer therapy for people affected by aphasia, in […]

Medical Xpress: A next-gen EEG could bring back lost brain function

A device under development at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University could help bring back lost brain function by measuring how the brain responds to therapies that stimulate it with electric current. The approach could open new avenues for treating brain disorders and selectively switching brain activities on and off, […]

Neurology Advisor: Post-stroke oral anticoagulation reduces recurrent stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

In patients with high-risk ischemic stroke with atrial fibrillation (AF), the use of oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy following a stroke event is associated with a greater reduction in recurrent stroke risk compared with antiplatelet therapy or no antithrombotic therapy, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Investigators retrospectively reviewed treatment patterns and long-term […]

Science News: Watch the brain jiggle with each heartbeat

With every heartbeat, fluid squishes through the brain and jiggles it like a bowl full of jelly. A new twist on magnetic resonance imaging illuminates these pulsing brain ripples, movements so subtle that they had escaped detection by current imaging technology. Abnormal brain motion could signal trouble, such as aneurysms or damage from a concussion. […]

Science Daily: ‘Antifreeze’ molecules may stop and reverse damage from brain injuries

The key to better treatments for brain injuries and disease may lie in the molecules charged with preventing the clumping of specific proteins associated with cognitive decline and other neurological problems, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in a new study published in Neurobiology of Disease. Concentrations of […]

UPI: After concussion, legs may be at risk, too

Young athletes with a history of concussions may be at increased risk for leg injuries, preliminary research suggests. The study included boys and girls who played soccer at 52 U.S. high schools. Those who’d suffered a concussion at any time in their life were 85 percent more likely to suffer leg injuries during one soccer […]