Brain Injury

Is It Concussion? Simple Test Can Tell.

University of Michigan researchers have reported that a simple test that measures reaction time can help detect and diagnose concussion in athletes. In the study, athletes were tested once at the beginning of their sport season—they had to catch a weighted cylinder dropped by their coach. Their reaction time was measured. Then, if one of …

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Avoid Ginkgo biloba if You Have Seizures!

The herbal medication Ginko biloba (sometimes called G. biloba, or even just “Ginkgo”) is commonly sold as a memory-boosting supplement. Now, a study published in the Journal of Natural Products reports that using Ginkgo may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy, and Ginkgo could reduce the effectiveness of anti-seizure drugs. (see full story …

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Concussion Should Sideline Kids from Sports for 3 Months

One of the world’s leading brain injury researchers recommends that children under age 18 should sit out of sports participation for three months after suffering a concussion. This statement was made by Dr. Bennet Omalu, co-founder of the Brain Injury Research Institute at West Virginia University, on February 1, 2010, while testifying at a House …

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