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Does Football Increase Risk of Degenerative Brain Disease?

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 110 of 111 (99 percent) brains of deceased former National Football League players that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA. CTE, a neurodegenerative brain disease, was also neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 of the 202 players studied across all levels… Continue Reading

Kessler Foundation Researchers Awarded Grants for TBI Research

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Four Kessler Foundation researchers were awarded two-year grants to fund studies of functional and cognitive deficits in individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). The grants, totaling $713,000, were awarded by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR). Researchers will study functional and cognitive deficits in individuals with moderate to severe traumatic… Continue Reading

Do Brain Injuries Accelerate Cognitive Aging?

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A recent review examined clinical and experimental literature for information on the long-term cognitive impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the context of cognitive aging. Neurobiological changes take place as part of the normal aging process. The issue evaluated through the literature is whether those individuals who experience cognitive problems as a result of… Continue Reading

What is Diffusion Tensor Imaging? How Will It Improve Brain Injury Research?

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Much of the recent research concerning mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has focused on professional athletes and military veterans. This research may not apply to individuals with mTBI whose injuries result from other causes, including motor vehicle collisions and falls. Autopsies of individuals with these types of injuries indicate that mTBI causes diffuse axonal injury… Continue Reading

Do Concussions Affect Sleep?

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force, usually a blow or jolt to the head, disrupts the normal functions of the brain. Even a mild TBI or concussion can cause cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical impairments. Often, changes in sleep patterns occur after a concussion. In fact, 30 to 70 percent of patients… Continue Reading

Ohio State Research May Prompt New Treatments for Concussions

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Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) examined the effects of concussions on “sub-cellular levels,” possibly pointing the way for new treatments to be developed for concussions. According to Science Daily, the OSU researchers discovered that blows to the head cause numerous small swellings along the length of neuronal axons. The study, published in The Journal of… Continue Reading

Childhood Concussions Linked to Anxiety and Depression Years Later

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According to a recent study, children who sustained concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may experience anxiety, phobias, and depression years later. Lead author Michelle Albicini, a researcher at Monash University School of Psychological Sciences in Melbourne, Australia, says that the study suggests that brain injury is related to long-term anxiety symptoms. The anxiety may… Continue Reading

Brain Injuries Trigger Immune Response

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When brain injuries stimulate the infiltration of immune cells, it may cause inflammation and tissue damage in the brain and impair patient recovery. Thus, the brain’s recruiting of immune system cells to the brain may cause more harm than good. Johns Hopkins researchers report that they have identified how brain cells trigger a response in… Continue Reading