Brain Injury

U.S. News & World Report: Even mild concussion tied to greater dementia risk later

Concussions, even those that are mild, more than double the risk for developing dementia down the road, new research suggests. The findings stem from an analysis that tracked concussions and dementia risk among nearly 360,000 military veterans. Study author Deborah Barnes noted that many of the younger vets in the study had experienced concussions while […]

Cosmos: In soccer, heading the ball carries greatest risk of concussion

Major changes to the way the world’s most popular sport is played may be drawing closer, after a new study revealed the act of heading the ball is more likely to result in concussions than other head impacts sustained during play, including collisions with elbows, heads and even goalposts. The Einstein Soccer Study recruited experienced […]

News-Medical: New EU collaborative project aims to improve prevention and treatment of stroke

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is hosting a new EU collaborative project. Funded via the European ‘Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation’, the project aims to improve both the prevention and treatment of stroke, and the patients’ quality of life after stroke. It is hoped that computer-based predictive modeling will soon provide a means […]

Medical News Today: Could saunas reduce stroke risk?

Finally, something indulgent might actually be good for us; one newly published study says that enjoying regular saunas could significantly reduce stroke risk. Although their invention is often ascribed to the people of Finland, saunas and sweat lodges appeared independently in many cultures throughout ancient history. (May 3, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Scientists map key brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections for voluntary movement

Researchers trying to help people suffering from paralysis after a spinal cord injury or stroke mapped critical brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections that drive voluntary movement in forelimbs, a development that scientists say allows them to start looking for specific repair strategies. The study is an important step toward one day rehabilitating motor circuits to help […]

UPI: Changes to tiny blood vessels may help diagnose traumatic brain injuries

By finding changes to tiny blood vessels in the brains of people with traumatic injuries, researchers believe medical personnel could be able to make more precise diagnosis and treatment decisions. Researchers found that changes in the blood vessels may be linked to a range of cognitive symptoms after a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. (April […]

Medical Xpress: Acute and chronic changes in myelin following mild traumatic brain injury

Preliminary research using mcDESPOT magnetic resonance imaging shows changes in the myelin content of white matter in the brain following mild traumatic brain injury. Myelin changes are apparent at the time of injury and 3 months afterward. For more details, see the article, “Prospective study of myelin water fraction changes after mild traumatic brain injury […]

TIME: Playing youth tackle football is linked to earlier symptoms of brain disease

Playing football professionally has been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. But what happens to children who start the sport early, before they even turn 12? That’s the question neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, whose groundbreaking work on CTE has uncovered the neurological risks of playing football, set out to answer in […]