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Researchers spoke to families of athletes who had suffered from traumatic brain injuries during their sporting careers.
Sleep plays a critically important role in the recovery process in the days following a concussion.
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While high-profile concussions in the NFL have brought renewed attention to the gravity of head injuries, they can also occur on the playground or during junior varsity practices – with lasting effects.
Health and service workers are not asking women about a potential traumatic brain injury, there’s a lack of referral options, and often no diagnosis.
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports or only in teens and young adults; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds.
Canadian researchers are exploring unanswered questions about concussion: How to diagnose it accurately and quickly, how to predict outcomes and promote recovery, and how to prevent it altogether.
Approximately 10% of people will experience at least one seizure during their lifetime.
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Because some seizures are relatively subtle, they can go unrecognized, leading to a delay in diagnosis.
The brain’s neural network, which includes both gray and white matter.
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Long overlooked by scientists, white matter may provide clues to some of the brain’s greatest mysteries.
Over the past two decades, researchers have gained a great deal of insight into the risks surrounding concussions – some of which has led to sweeping policy changes.
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Millions of sports-related concussions occur in the US every year. Many of them happen to high school and college athletes.
Concussion patients were once prescribed rest in a dark room, but in recent years concussion management has literally come out of the dark.
For many years, concussion treatment followed a rest-is-best approach. But research now suggests that low-to-moderate intensity exercise is a safe and useful approach to managing concussion symptoms.
An estimated 69 million people worldwide experience a traumatic brain injury every year.
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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.
Although a great deal of research is still required, it may one day be possible to identify and treat people either with CTE, or at risk of it.
fNIRS can be done at a patient’s bedside.
By imagining a unique scenario to answer “yes” or “no” questions, this research could potentially be used to communicate with locked-in patients.
Male pileated woodpecker.
Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
A young football player holds his mouth guard.
Football participation among high schoolers continues to decline, as concern about brain injury increases. Could training without helmets make a difference?
People who have trouble with their speech, say after a stroke, can find it challenging. But a speech pathologist can help.
When people lose their speech, they can stop working and friends can drift away. Here’s what we can do to help them get the rehabilitation they need.
Understanding the facial cues from another person is a component of empathy.
Millions of people suffer traumatic brain injuries, and many lose the ability to emotionally connect with others. A new study suggests there’s a way to help them regain their ability to connect.
Assorted cannabis bud strains.
Marijuana is known for delivering a good high. But the plant’s uses go well beyond the recreational. Marijuana contains a trove of medicinal compounds whose uses we are just now discovering.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.
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A standard clinical MRI is not sensitive to the distributed and microscopic injuries in a concussed brain. But new discoveries are in the pipeline.
Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel is tackled by the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Aug. 11, 2018. Manziel was subsequently placed under the CFL concussion protocol.
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Recent research shows that the heart is affected when the head takes a blow, in sports-related concussion.
Increasing risk does not mean it’s predetermined.
Reporting of recent studies may have caused alarm that brain injuries cause dementia. It just increases your risk.
New brain cells can form after injury.
Brain injuries damage regions of the brain and this damage can extend post-injury. But other brain regions can pick up the slack, and there are things we can do to help.