Brain Injury

Consumer Reports: How to prevent concussions in children

Deciding when—or whether—your child engages in contact sports is a personal choice. But parents can employ a number of safety-enhancing strategies, such as the following: Check in with coaches. “Make sure the coach and league are doing whatever they can to lessen the risk,” says Frederick Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics at the University […]

USA Today: Study: Tackle football before age 12 leads to brain issues

Playing tackle football before age 12 “may have long-term neurobehavioral consequences,” according to a study published on Tuesday. Researchers from Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center — who have led several studies exploring links between football and the debilitating brain disease CTE —  surveyed 214 former football players and found that participation in football before […]

Cosmos: Concussion sets brain connections in a spin

Even a single concussion can cause long lasting disruption to networks within the brain, new research shows. In a small study comprising 20 people with diagnosed concussion and the same number of controls a team led by Benjamin Dunckley from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, measured brain function using magnetoencephalography (MEG). (September […]

Science Daily: An interconnection between the nervous and immune system

A newly-discovered reflex arc mediates a process which leads to a disruption in the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands which, in turn, results in an increased susceptibility to bacterial infections. This research breaks new ground in the development of treatments to reduce the incidence of infections, and its results have been published in the […]

Science Daily: Memory decline after head injury may be prevented by slowing brain cell growth

The excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study. In the September issue of Stem Cell Reports, Viji Santhakumar, associate professor in the department […]

Medical Xpress: Memory decline after head injury may be prevented by slowing brain cell growth

The excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study. In the September issue of Stem Cell Reports, Viji Santhakumar, associate professor in the department […]

Neurology Advisor: Stroke risk increased in patients with hip fracture

Patients with hip fracture have an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Alma B. Pedersen, MD, PhD, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues examined the interaction between hip fracture and comorbidity with respect to risks of MI or […]