Brain Injury

Health Imagining: Brain impact of football affected by career length, player’s position

The lasting effects of football on the brain continue to make headlines, with plenty of attention focused on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurodegeneration associated with repetitive head trauma. New research, funded by the National Football League Charities and the NFL Players Association, examined former football players, examined career duration and playing position in […]

Self: What actually is a mini stroke?

Expert say that strokes are increasing among young people, due in large part to increases in common stroke risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use, and obesity. And while you should absolutely know the signs and causes of a stroke, it’s equally important to be aware of mini strokes, known in the medical community as […]

Inverse: NFL-funded study identifies football positions most at risk of brain injury

The suicide of former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez in April brought the controversy surrounding brain injury in the National Football League back to the front pages. After his death, an examination of the 27-year-old brain showed that he had severe CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy — a serious disease, resulting from repeated blows […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers discover cause of brain sensitivity to lack of oxygen

Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center and Maastricht University have discovered why the brain is more sensitive to oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, than other organs. Hypoxia caused by a stroke, for example, activates a specific mechanism that is protective in other organs but can be detrimental to the brain. ‘This discovery solves a long-standing mystery […]

News-Medical: Experts call for mandatory helmet use at all positions of youth baseball and softball

Despite lower rates of traumatic brain injuries in baseball and softball, there is poor compliance overall with helmet use and return-to-play guidelines following a concussion across all levels of play, according to a new systematic review. The review, published online today in Frontiers in Neurology, examined 29 studies that collectively identified 242,731 baseball-and-softball related traumatic […]

Medical Xpress: Biomarkers can reveal traumatic brain injury, even when concussions don’t show up on CAT scan

UCLA researchers have identified four biomarkers that could help doctors diagnose brain trauma and concussions through a simple blood test. The biomarkers are proteins, from brain cells called astrocytes, which are released instantly into the bloodstream when astrocytes’ outer membranes rupture from blunt impact or whiplash trauma. (October 27, 2017) Read the full article here

The Health Site: World stroke day: What is the “golden hour” of stroke?

World Stroke Day is observed on the 29th of October every year. This year the theme is ‘what is your reason for preventing a stroke?’ Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. According to the World Stroke Organisation, every year 6.5 million deaths occur due to stroke. One […]

Popular Science: Concussions make lasting changes to the brain, even after you feel fine

In Canada, many kids are on ice skates before they can walk. But they don’t get to start slamming into each other until they’re around 11, when they can sign up for full contact hockey. Unsurprisingly, that’s also the age when the baby Wayne Gretzky’s start getting their first concussions. (October 25, 2017) Read the […]