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Naked molerats have evolved mechanisms to protect the brain from the effects of low oxygen. (Shutterstock)

Naked mole rats, frogs and other animals may hold the secrets to preventing brain injury

Some animals use microRNA to protect the brain from various stressors. Understanding how they do this and applying it to humans has potential for revolutionary treatments.
An estimated 69 million people worldwide experience a traumatic brain injury every year. Iaremenko/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Blocking an immune system molecule in mice may help prevent long-term disabilities after traumatic brain injury

The molecule C1q has both protective and detrimental effects after traumatic brain injury. Blocking it after injury in mice restored normal brain rhythms during sleep and prevented epileptic spikes.
The long-term health effects in professional contact sports have come under global scrutiny since the 2015 $1 billion lawsuit filed by former professional American football players against the NFL. Shutterstock

Rugby, concussions and duty of care: why the game is facing scrutiny

Brain injuries and the long-term health effects in professional sport have become significant issues in the past decade.
A new study on consciousness could help answer the question"will they ever wake up?“ create jobs 51/shutterstock.com

Will they ever wake up? New study on consciousness after brain injury shows ‘maybe’

Consciousness has long been debated, particularly in the decades since devices have been used to keep people alive after brain injury. A new study suggests that some people can “wake up” after injury.
Australia’s first Aboriginal Brain Injury Coordinator, Rebecca Clinch, with brain injury survivor Justin Kickett. Edith Cowan University

Aboriginal Australians want care after brain injury. But it must consider their cultural needs

The absence of Indigenous Australians in rehabilitation services has created the belief they don’t want therapy. The reality is they want services which better meet their cultural needs.
What ethical issues should you consider when watching football? Chris Brooks/flickr.com

Is it immoral to watch football?

Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.
The changes in the brain from a concussion do not appear on conventional imaging tests such as CT scans or MRIs; nor are there any other tests to diagnose a concussion. (Shutterstock)

This Mother’s Day, know the symptoms of concussion

All parents should understand the symptoms of concussion, whether their child plays sports or not.

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