Brain Injury

Medical Xpress: Researchers test new technique to help with concussion diagnosis

Sports-related concussions are a major public health concern and are notoriously difficult to diagnose. But new research from UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a new tool to help test athletes for recent brain trauma. “Diagnosing concussions relies heavily on patients reporting their symptoms. While there are other tests that may be used to help clinicians make […]

The Guardian: MRI scan that can predict stroke risk has ‘promise to save lives’

A new type of MRI scan can predict the risk of having a stroke, researchers have said in a study. The non-invasive technique, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, predicts whether plaques in the carotid arteries are rich in cholesterol and therefore more likely to cause a stroke. Carotid arteries supply the brain […]

Medical Xpress: Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke

Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute and Monash University. The scientists observed that when they increased the wavelength of the light currently […]

Science Daily: Study: Playing smartphone app aids concussion recovery in teens

Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone. (August […]

Harvard Health: A salad a day keeps stroke away?

New research suggests that eating plenty of nitrate-rich vegetables — such as lettuce, spinach, and beets — may lower your risk of dying of a stroke or heart attack. During digestion, your body converts nitrates into nitric oxide. This compound relaxes and widens blood vessels, which helps lower blood pressure. (August 14, 2017) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: Cooling helmet, supplement show potential as concussion healers

A brain cooling device and an oral supplement made from pine bark extract both have potential to expedite concussion recovery, according to two new studies by Penn State researchers. “Currently there are no clinically validated tools or procedures to treat concussive injury,” said Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology and an author of the studies. (August […]

Reuters: Increased risk of heart attack, stroke soon after cancer diagnosis

Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after diagnosis, compared with people who don’t have cancer, researchers report. “A new diagnosis of cancer is associated with more than a doubling in risk of stroke and heart attack in the first six months […]