Head Injury

How Young is "Too Young" for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

Right now, no one knows how many hits…how frequent the hits…or how hard the hits have to be before “several concussions” becomes “irreversible brain damage.” The only thing that is clear is that we need to do more to protect the brains of young athletes. If chronic traumatic encephalopathy was found in the brain of an otherwise healthy 21-year-old man, when did it start? In high school? Junior high?

Youth Concussion Rates Skyrocket

It may seem like we keep banging the concussion drum, but this story doesn’t go away.  According to new information published online today, the number of concussion-related hospital emergency visits for children ages 8-13 doubled between 1997 and 2007 (a 100% increase). For youth age 14-19, the increase was 200%, a 4-fold increase. The cause …

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Brain Trauma May Mimic Lou Gehrig's Disease

“Tuesdays with Morrie” is the heartbreaking story of the final life lessons imparted by a beloved teacher dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Today, the New York Times reports on an astonishing bit of science that expands the tragedy:  Some people diagnosed with ALS may not have the disease. …

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