Head Injury

Recovering from Brain Injury to Help Others

We don’t get many opportunities to write uplifting stories about traumatic brain injury (TBI), so when we found a story filled with hope, we just had to share it with you. This comes from CBS New York. As a rehabilitation counselor at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey, Matthew Peltz helps children who have suffered brain …

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Traumatic Brain Injury Causes Progressive Damage

The initial trauma that causes brain injury is just the beginning of the health nightmare. New research published in the November issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine used sophisticated imaging techniques to track how brain structures change over time after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While the results of the research will help scientists …

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Motorcycle Wrecks a Major Cause of Brain Injury in Youths

This week, two articles published in the medical journal Pediatrics highlight the extremely high cost of motorcycle wrecks for youths ages 12 to 20. The first study, “Youth Motorcycle-Related Hospitalizations and Traumatic Brain Injuries in the United States in 2006,” showed that the number of motorcycle deaths and injuries are increasing for children and young …

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Brain Doctors Make Recommendations on Concussions

It’s not everyday that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) takes an official position on an ethical topic; they have released fewer than 2 dozen position statements in the last 20 years. But today, this organization of more than 22,500 neurologists and neuroscience professionals have gone public on a topic near to our hearts: Concussion …

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Cycling Helmets Will Soon Warn You of Cracks

In cycling, the first line of defense against brain injury is the helmet. A properly fitted, regulation helmet can save your life in the event of a crash. But if the integrity of the helmet is compromised–if cracked or crushed in an accident–it loses its ability to protect your head. Unfortunately, a dangerous crack isn’t …

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NFL Backing Concussion Program with Fines

At the end of the summer, the National Football League (NFL) decided to take action to reduce the number and potential effects of concussions. It created a poster that outlined the organization’s position on concussion, including the fact that players should know the symptoms, report them, get checked out, and basically start taking concussions seriously. …

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Blood Test May Identify Mild Brain Trauma

A fascinating article in USA Today reports that Army researchers have discovered a simple blood test that may help diagnose concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). This could prove to be a game-changer for detecting (and then treating) the hidden damage often suffered by soldiers and athletes after head impact, and by infants after being …

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