Brain Injury

World Health: Spit test may predict stroke and heart attack

Thanks to scientists’ gene breakthrough a simple spit test may be able to predict strokes and heart attacks and help prevent thousands of events in those at greater risk of high blood pressure. Queen Mary University London and Imperial College London researchers have identified 535 genes linked to the condition, who say a third of […]

Health Day: Fitter folks suffer milder strokes: Study

It’s well-known that regular exercise can help cut your risk for a stroke. Now, new research shows fitness may have an added bonus, cutting the severity of a stroke should one occur. So finds a study of more than 900 stroke survivors. It found that fitter people were twice as likely as sedentary folk to […]

BBC: Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help doctors assess brain […]

Scientific American: Soccer headers cause more brain damage in female players

Repeatedly heading a soccer ball exacts a toll on an athlete’s brain. But this cost—measured by the volume of brain cells damaged—is five times greater for women than for men, new research suggests. The study provides a biological explanation for why women report more severe symptoms and longer recovery times than men following brain injuries […]

New York Times: For kids with concussions, less time alone in a dark room

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a major new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children on Sept. 4, the product of years of work and extensive evidence review by a large working group of specialists in fields ranging from emergency medicine and epidemiology to sports injuries to neurology and neurosurgery. […]

Today: New guidelines for children’s concussions aim to improve detection, treatment

New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months. Signs of potentially more serious injuries that may warrant CT imaging scans include vomiting, unconsciousness and severe, worsening headaches, according to the guidelines released […]

Psychiatry Advisor: Risk for heart attack and stroke increases with psychological distress

Psychological distress is strongly associated with myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke despite adjustments for confounders, according to the results of a population-based prospective study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The positive association is dose-dependent and persistent across sex and age, suggesting a direct mechanism linking psychological distress and MI and stroke. (September 12, […]

BBC: How your heart age is key to heart attack or stroke risk

Public Health England is urging people over 30 to take an online test to find out their heart age, which indicates if they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Unhealthy lifestyles put four in five adults at risk of early death, they estimate. People should quit smoking, eat a healthy […]