New research reveals that routine sparring can have immediate effects on the brain, putting athletes at greater risk of injury when brain-muscle communication is impaired.
People with damaged frontal lobes often need help with daily life. The problem is, they think they're fine.
Brain damage linked to concussions in football can resemble that found in elderly and comatose patients but there may be ways to prevent it so the sport continues. Toronto Argonauts’ Jeffrey Finley, left, rushes to take down Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in this August file photo.
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Concussions in football and other contact sports correlate with severe, long-term brain damage — but science shows it doesn't have to be that way.
Heavy alcohol consumption over ten years or more can cause significant brain function problems. But what about casual drinking?
New research shows an association between moderate drinking and long-term brain impairment. But there are a few reasons to be cautious about these findings.
People with traumatic brain injuries, say after a car accident or an assault, can have behavioural problems long after their physical injuries have healed.
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries might have behavioural issues or have problems holding down a job for years after a blow to the head or a bad fall.
If hitting below the belt, not the head, was the aim, then brain damage from boxing would disappear overnight.
Forget tinkering with the rules of boxing. It's time for a wholesale change. Let's make hits to the groin the aim of the game and ban hits to the head.
Basil Hetzel’s research supported the use of iodised salt as an easy way to ensure adequate dietary iodine intake.
Public health pioneer Basil Hetzel died on February 4 2017. Among other career highlights, he identified the most common cause of preventable brain damage: dietary iodine deficiency.
Cristiano Ronaldo heading a football.
A single session of football heading can temporarily impair memory. So what does that mean for children with developing brains?
The physical and mental health benefits associated with moving, being active and mindful are not just limited to yoga.
One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime. That's about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes.
Patients with alexia – or acquired dyslexia – can recognise letters but not words.
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Lesions on a particular region of the brain can cause 'acquired dyslexia'.
The majority of women stop drinking in their second trimester.
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Around 40% of Australian women drink alcohol while pregnant, despite medical guidelines recommending they don't.
MRIs of 9,000 people have shown that depression shrinks parts of the brain.
Brain damage is caused by persistent depression rather than being a predisposing factor for it, researchers have finally concluded after decades of unconfirmed hypothesising.
Try and run but you can’t hide.
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