Brain Injury

Inverse: Football concussion equipment is fighting a losing battle, science says

As his helmet collided violently with his opponent’s shoulder, Luke Kuechly looked like a life-size bobblehead doll. In an instant, the Carolina Panthers star linebacker suffered yet another concussion. His season, and perhaps career, was in jeopardy.A few weeks earlier, Kuechly began wearing an experimental collar around his neck designed to protect his brain from […]

Medical Xpress: One type of brain cell might hold key to inflammation after head injury

By eliminating one type of immune cell in the brain, researchers were able to erase any evidence of inflammation following traumatic brain injury, according to a new study from The Ohio State University. “We used a drug to wipe out cells called microglia in mice that had experienced brain injury, and the inflammation that is […]

Medical Xpress: Stroke survivors and those at risk urged to focus on yoga and tai chi

One of Australia’s biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure, an Australian study has found. Stroke costs the country $5 billion a year through treatment and loss of productivity, affecting 56,000 Australians in 2017, equivalent to one stroke every nine minutes. (November […]

Medical Xpress: New research shows symptom improvement after concussion in children varies

Age and sex must be taken into consideration when looking at children’s recovery after a concussion, say researchers at the CHEO Research Institute. In a new article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, authors describe how the common symptoms following concussion improve by both age and sex over time. In “Natural […]

UPI: Specific gene variant linked to severe symptoms of CTE

Researchers have identified a specific and common variant of a gene that plays a role in the severity of chronic traumatic encephalopathy based on a study of 86 brains of football players. The findings, which were published Saturday in Acta Neuropathologica Communications, could explain why similar levels of head trauma can cause some of them […]

Reuters: Poor sleep linked to longer concussion recovery in kids

Getting a good sleep each night after a sports-related concussion might be linked to a shorter recovery time in adolescents, new research suggests. Young athletes who slept well after a concussion were more likely to recover within two weeks, while those who slept poorly were more likely to endure symptoms for 30 days or more, […]

Science Daily: Chronic exposure to excess noise may increase risk for heart disease, stroke

Exposure to environmental noise appears to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes by fueling the activity of a brain region involved in stress response. This response in turn promotes blood vessel inflammation, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange […]

Health 24: Easing sleep apnoea may be key to stroke recovery

Sleep apnoea is a known risk factor for stroke, and new research suggests that curbing the condition might also aid the recovery of people who’ve suffered a stroke or mini-stroke. Patients in the study typically used the CPAP mask – “continuous positive airway pressure” – to ease their nighttime breathing difficulties. (November 2, 2018) Read […]

Sleep Review: Good sleep quality encourages better recovery after sport-related concussion

A new study found that young athletes who have good sleep quality after sustaining a concussion are more likely to recover within two weeks. Those who don’t have good sleep quality often take longer to recover. The study abstract, “Association Between Sleep Quality and Recovery Following a Sport-Related Concussion in the Pediatric Population,” will be […]