Brain Injury

Reuters: Stroke survivors in U.S. may be getting less healthy

Stroke survivors are doing better at managing their blood pressure and cholesterol today than a generation ago, but a growing number now have poor eating and exercise habits that carry a risk of repeat strokes, a small U.S. study suggests. To minimize the risk of another stroke, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends seven key […]

U.S. News & World Report: Be alert for concussions in young athletes

With youth winter sports in full swing, it’s important for coaches and parents to know the signs of a concussion, a sports medicine doctor says. “Because concussion can affect thinking, the person who suffered the injury might not realize there is a problem,” said Dr. Kathryn Gloyer, a primary sports medicine physician with Penn State […]

Reuters: Fitness affects stroke risk

Low fitness levels have long been tied to higher risk for heart problems. Now researchers say men’s cardiorespiratory fitness is tied to their risk for stroke as well. Researchers in Norway followed 2,014 middle-aged men for more than 20 years. Those who were unfit for the whole study period, or who started out fit but […]

Third Age: Football-related concussions much more common than thought among kids 5-14

Concussions among football players age 5 to 14 are higher than previously reported. Five out of every 100 kids who were monitored suffered a football-related concussion, according to new research. The study, by investigators from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute, was published in the Journal of […]

The Wall Street Journal: Hospitals rush to offer new stroke treatment

Jacques Hayes, a Detroit-area construction worker, recently fell in his apartment. A visitor heard the thud in the next room, then saw Mr. Hayes struggle to walk and talk, falling a second time. So the friend called 911. (December 26, 2018) Read the full article here

UPI: Ex-NFL star working on ‘intercellular’ helmet to curb concussions, CTE

Nick Lowery says the movie Concussion accurately portrays brain injuries and the toll they take on players in the National Football League. The former All-Pro kicker watched numerous friends and teammates debilitated by concussions, including friend Mike Webster, who was found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and died at age 50. (December 26, 2018) Read […]

NPR: Bad vibes: How hits to the head are transferred to the brain

It was a question about soccer that got Philip Bayly interested in brain injuries. Bayly, a mechanical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, was approached by several doctors who wanted advice about some young soccer players they were treating. “They said, ‘Well, we’ve got some kids who have concussions and they want to know […]

CNN: 1 in 4 globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older, according to new study

One in four people globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older, according to a new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation studied global, regional and country-specific lifetime risks of stroke in 1990 and again in 2016, then compared them. […]

Medical Xpress: Ischaemic stroke assessment

Non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) is a low-cost medical imaging technology that is used widely in investigating damage to a patient’s brain caused by ischaemic stroke. However, writing in the International Journal of Image Mining, researchers from Algeria explain that it is not without limitations. As such, they are developing an algorithm that can automatically detect […]