Brain Injury

Neurology Advisor: MIND diet linked to slower cognitive decline among stroke survivors

High adherence with the MIND diet, a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, was associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline among stroke survivors, according to data presented at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting from April 21-27, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Investigators from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, […]

R&D Magazine: Blood test clears athletes for play following a concussion

Researchers in Sweden have a new blood test that could give doctors and athletic trainers a better idea of when an athlete can return to the field, court or ice following a concussion. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg have developed a high-sensitive blood test that can show when athletes are safe to return to […]

U.S. News & World Report: For soccer players, heading may pose bigger risk than collisions

Heading the ball — not player collisions — may lead to temporary thinking declines in soccer players, a new study finds. “Unintentional head impacts are generally considered the most common cause of diagnosed concussions in soccer, so it’s understandable that current prevention efforts aim at minimizing those collisions,” said study author Dr. Michael Lipton. (April […]

U.S. News & World Report: Playing games with stroke recovery

For each person who survives a stroke, rehab varies considerably, but frequently it includes physical, occupational and speech therapy, with regular input from clinicians who closely monitor progress. Often it’s a long, tough road. So while not aiming to replace traditional rehab, frequently stroke recovery programs now incorporate playing games – from low tech board […]

News-Medical: Experimental compound reduces destructive inflammation to improve stroke outcome

An experimental compound appears to improve stroke outcome by reducing the destructive inflammation that can continue months after a stroke, scientists report. Rats consuming compound 21 following a clot-based stroke – the most common type in humans – don’t have a smaller stroke size but do have better memory and movement in its aftermath, says […]

Parade: 5 doctor-recommended steps to prevent stroke

If you’ve ever worried that your family history suggests a stroke is in your future, there’s good news: “Genetics do play a role, but less than most people might imagine,” says Daniel Labovitz, M.D., director of the Stern Stroke Center at the New York-based Montefiore Medical Center. “Family history of stroke is only a mild […]

U.S. News & World Report: As younger men’s smoking rises, so does their stroke risk

Men under 50 who smoke cigarettes are increasing their risk for a stroke, researchers warn. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, reported the University of Maryland investigators. The bottom line: quit. But if you can’t, smoking fewer cigarettes may help reduce your risk, the researchers said. (April 19, 2018) Read the […]

CNN: One concussion could increase risk of Parkinson’s disease, study says

A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury — whether mild, moderate or severe — is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis, new research in veterans says. The size of the risk was found to be dependent on the severity of the injury. (April […]

Science Daily: Researchers chart a new way to look at concussion

A Portland State University research team studying concussion has published an interactive diagram showing the many facets of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) — from sleep problems to mood disorders to the increased danger of dementia — and how they connect with and affect each other. The diagram and its accompanying web-based presentation are part […]