Brain Injury

CNN: Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to either the head or the body. Though not life-threatening, these injuries […]

Seeker: Virtual reality training can aid in stroke recovery

A new study out of Europe suggests that virtual reality training is equally as effective as traditional physical therapy when trying to help stroke victims recover use of their arms and hands. Published in the November issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the research found that a basic VR […]

Popular Science: Heading a soccer ball might hurt women’s brains more than men’s

Repeatedly putting your head in the path of a fast-moving projectile isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but it’s par for the course for soccer players. They might hurl their foreheads toward the soccer ball dozens of times during a single practice or game. But playing with your head can hurt your brain. (November […]

Medical Xpress: Studies uncover the hard-hitting consequences of sports-related head injuries

Playing contact sports can injure the brain even if head impacts don’t result in concussions, according to new research presented today at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. The studies also suggest that relatively simple changes in equipment […]

Reuters: Treating modestly high blood pressure may not boost survival odds

Below a certain starting threshold, using medication to reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy people doesn’t provide a clear survival benefit for most, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 74 previously published clinical trials that randomly selected a total of more than 306,000 people to take blood pressure drugs or placebo. (November 15, […]

Medical News Today: Coffee drinkers at lower risk of heart failure, stroke

If you simply can’t live without coffee, then we’ve got good news for you: drinking coffee has been linked to a lowered risk of both heart failure and stroke. I, for one, can’t function without a large cup of coffee in the morning. And at least another cup in the afternoon, to get me out […]

Reuters: Time limit for stroke treatment may be longer in selected patients

Removing a stroke-causing clot from a large blood vessel in the brain can improve outcomes in some patients, even when extraction occurs 6 to 24 hours after symptoms develop, according to results of a large new test of the technique. Until now, studies have suggested that the extraction needs to be performed within 6 hours […]

Medical Xpress: New wake-promoting node pinpointed in brain

Scientists have identified an additional group of cells in the brain responsible for keeping us awake: the supramammillary nucleus, part of the caudal hypothalamus. Neurologists had suspected that a component of the “ascending arousal system” could be found in this part of the brain for more than 100 years, but the precise location had been […]