Brain Injury

New Blood Test Can Detect Concussions

Good concussion news! (I never thought I would type those words.) Scientists have come up with a simple blood test that can detect concussion up to seven days after the injury, taking the guesswork out of making a diagnosis. Concussions have reached almost epidemic proportions in young people, especially among those who play sports. Whether …

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NFL Admits Football's Link to Brain Disorders

Medical experts have been raising the red flag for years:  Playing football can cause brain damage and long-term degenerative brain disorders. Now, for the first time, an NFL official has finally acknowledged the link. According to an article in the New York Times, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, appears …

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New Film, "Concussion", Raises Awareness of Sports-Related Brain Injuries

“Concussion” is a new film starring Will Smith as a neuropathologist who discovers a link between repeated sports-related brain injuries and the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Some researchers say the movie is bringing a much-needed focus to the risks of injury athletes face each time they step onto the field. …

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What Activities Present the Greatest Risk of Sports-Related Brain Injuries?

Participating in sports can be a great way to stay in shape, but there are also inherent risks of injury. Some of the most common injuries reported by athletes some sports-related brain injuries. Estimates show that each year, more than 400,000 athletes receive medical treatment for blows to the head. Athletes playing certain sports account for a …

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Certain Signs and Symptoms of TBIs May Be Linked to Damaged White Matter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 2.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. While these injuries can cause cognitive and physical impairments, they can also cause changes in mood and personality that can be just as harmful to victims’ personal and professional lives. Two of the most …

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Does Riding Bicycles Pose a Greater Threat of Brain Injury to Today's Youth Than Playing Football?

Brain Injury Risks: Cycling vs. Football In a recent interview on the National Football League’s television network, Dr. Joseph Maroon made the statement, “It’s much more dangerous riding a bicycle or a skateboard than playing youth football,” when making a comparison between the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury during either activity. But is …

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Report Shows Sports-Related Brain Injury to Blame for NC High School Athlete's Death

With more and more research surfacing showing the devastating results sports-related brain injuries can have, teams, coaches, and sports officials are beginning to take a closer look at how they can better protect individuals on the field of play. Unfortunately, it came too late for one athlete who died as a result of complications with …

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