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What Happens When the Brain is Concussed?

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Have you ever wondered what happens within a person’s skull when he/she suffers a traumatic brain injury? The New York Times recently published a wonderful interactive article about brain injuries. The article describes and demonstrates what happens within a football player’s skull when he suffers a concussion. Using a mouth guard developed by bioengineer David Camarillo… Continue Reading

The Steep Rise in Concussions Diagnoses in the U.S.

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BlueCross BlueShield just released its Health of America Report showing that concussion diagnoses have increased 43% from 2010-2015. The rise was particularly marked in children and teens with a 71% rise in diagnosed incidences. Not surprisingly the rate in male patients during the fall season was double that of females. “Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts had… Continue Reading

Suicidal Behavior Increases after Traumatic Brain Injury

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In 2001, Teasdale and Engberg published an article in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, entitled Suicide after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Population Study. The researchers reviewed data from Danish hospital admissions covering the years 1979-93 and found that patients who had sustained a TBI had an increased risk of suicide. The authors in… Continue Reading

Tracking Brain Tsunamis in TBI Patients

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Brain tsunamis are seizure-like waves of electrical activity in the brain caused by Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and strokes. Much like a tidal wave in the ocean, brain tsunamis build power, wash through the brain, and subside, leaving behind a path of destruction. The waves exhibit electrical signal voltage up to ten times that of… Continue Reading

New Study Questions Whether Cognitive and Physical Rest Improves Concussion Recovery Time

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A new study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation calls into question whether acute cognitive and physical rest improves concussion recovery times. Thomas A. Buckley, EdD, ATC of the Department Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware conducted a study to determine if rest after concussion would result in a shorter… Continue Reading

The Chronic, Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

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It is ironic that on the same day I receive a defense neuropsychological report stating, “Individuals who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury typically recover from neuro cognitive deficits within 6-9 months after the time of injury” that I also receive the current issue of the Journal of Neuro Trauma. And in this current… Continue Reading

“Blast” versus “Blunt” Concussions: Is There a Difference?

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Because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 15- to 17-percent of our soldiers have experienced a concussion. As a result, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have spent large sums of money investigating these injuries and funding research. This research has been particularly useful in objectively demonstrating that our clients with mild traumatic… Continue Reading

Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury have Higher Mortality and Morbidity Fifteen Years Post Injury

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For over fifteen years, researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh have been following a large population of adults admitted to hospital with traumatic brain injuries. Those readers familiar with this blog are familiar with my reporting of the various papers that have been published by these researchers. I recently came… Continue Reading

New Study Finds Permanent Brain Damage Due to Concussion

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Despite study after study demonstrating long term effects from mild traumatic brain injury (concussions), it is astounding that defense courtroom doctors still maintain that there are no permanent residuals from mild traumatic brain injury. A new study,  Imaging Correlates of Memory and Concussion History in Retired National Football League Athletes, published in JAMA Neurology once again… Continue Reading