Brain Injury

Science Daily: Lasting impact of concussions on young adults

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that young adults who experienced repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussions, can experience persistent cognitive changes as well as altered brain activity.”Multiple concussions, even after general symptoms have subsided, decrease an individual’s ability to flexibly shift their mode of thinking,” said Robert Ross, assistant […]

Science Daily: Regrowing damaged nerves hinges on shutting down key genes

Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don’t grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of the body. Now, researchers have identified some of the key steps taken by nerves in the legs as they regenerate. The findings lay out a path that spinal cord neurons might be able to follow — potentially […]

Medical Xpress: Study makes significant findings related to traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is often referred to as the “invisible injury—while on the surface everything seems normal with brain structure, symptoms may present themselves in the behavior of the injured and cannot be explained. A team from Illinois Institute of Technology, the RDECOM Research Laboratory, the Army’s corporate research laboratory (ARL) and Argonne […]

UPI: Dementia, Alzheimer’s linked to stroke deaths

Researchers in Sweden have tied deaths from ischemic stroke, or IS, to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published Friday in Current Alzheimer Research, reveals that of the more than 28 percent who died with dementia in 2014, 8.3 percent of them had IS. (December 17, 2018) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Research: Concussion rates among young football players were higher than previously reported

New research from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5%, sustaining a football-related concussion each season. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the study summarizes the research team’s […]

Sleep Review: Addressing sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury

Disorders of sleep are some of the most common problems experienced by patients after traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to recognize and treat these problems early to allow for optimal cognitive recovery, but because they are so common, the importance of treating them is often underestimated. A special issue of NeuroRehabilitation focuses on […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers find the cause of and cure for brain injury associated with gut condition

Using a mouse model of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)—a potentially fatal condition that causes a premature infant’s gut to suddenly die—researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have uncovered the molecular causes of the condition and its associated brain injury. The discovery enabled the team to combine efforts with colleagues studying brain inflammation and to identify potential […]

Health Day: Insights into women and stroke risk

You might be surprised to learn that stroke is the number three killer of women. Women and men have many of the same risk factors for stroke, but some — like high blood pressure, migraine with aura, diabetes and stress — tend to be stronger or more common in women. (December 11, 2018) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: A new strategy for brain regeneration after stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of death and chronic disability in adults, causing a heavy social and economic burden worldwide. However, no treatments exist to restore neuronal circuitry after a stroke. While most neurons are generated during embryonic brain development, new neurons continue to be produced in the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) of the adult brain. […]

Medical News Today: Statins: Risk of side effects is low, say experts

For most people who take statins to lower cholesterol, the risk of side effects is low compared to the benefits, according to a recent scientific statement. The American Heart Association (AHA) statement applies to those who — according to current guidelines — are at risk of heart attack and ischemic strokes, which are strokes arising […]