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PTSD, Other Brain Injuries Taking Toll On U.S. Special Op Forces

Medical researchers have found the fallout from brain injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicide, are just as common among the nation’s “elite” Special Operations forces as they are among other servicemen and women. According to The New York Times, most Special Ops, including the Navy SEALs, the Army’s Delta Force, Green Berets, and Rangers, and special units within the Marines and Air Force, have been deployed numerous times in Iraq or Afghanistan or both on missions where exposure to traumatic brain injury (TBI) is both a common and constant threat. Head trauma among our Special Operations forces ... Read More

FDA panel questions whether bowel disease drug increases risk of deadly brain infection

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel is questioning the safety of Takeda Pharmaceutical’s inflammatory bowel disease drug candidate vedolizumab, claiming the drug could cause patients to develop a rare but deadly brain infection. The panel is set to rule on Dec. 9 whether to recommend the drug be approved for marketing in the United States. The medication fared well in clinical trials as a treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, but experts say the drug carries the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a life threatening brain disease that affects immune deficient patients. No patients in clinical ... Read More

Researcher uses fruit flies to find better ways to diagnose, treat traumatic brain injuries

Ever swat at a fruit fly and watch him stagger a bit before righting himself and flying off again seemingly unscathed? That response raised a curiosity in Barry Ganetzky, a geneticist at University of Wisconsin-Madison medical school who has studied the insects for more than 30 years. After the suicide of retired San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau due to a brain disease caused by repeated concussions, Ganetzky began to wonder if the fruit fly could hold the answer to treating complex human neurological problems such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Fruit flies have been used in research for decades ... Read More

Fifteen people exposed to deadly mad cow-like disease from surgical equipment

Fifteen people in three states have been warned by hospital officials that they may have been exposed to a rare but deadly brain disease after undergoing surgery with contaminated surgical equipment. The concern stems from a now-deceased patient who had brain surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. in May. He is suspected to have had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD, a rapidly degenerating and incurable neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease. A true diagnosis cannot be made without an autopsy; Results are expected in a few weeks. The patient was treated using a guided imaging navigational system made by ... Read More

FDA issues draft guidance for companies developing drugs for early Alzheimer’s patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending new guidelines to help companies developing new treatments for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The guidelines are designed to help identify and study patients in the very early stage of the disease before too much irreversible damage to the brain has occurred. Researchers believe this population of Alzheimer’s patients has the best chance of benefiting meaningfully from new drugs. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and cognitive abilities. Eventually, patients area unable ... Read More

Duerson diagnosed with brain disease affecting NFL players

It’s a sad ending to a tragic story. Last February, just moments before taking his life with a single bullet to the chest, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson left a note asking that his brain be given to the NFL’s “brain bank.” He wanted to show proof that his emotional problems and violent mood swings were caused by a dementia-like brain disease affecting athletes known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This week, doctors announced that Duerson did in fact suffer from a moderately advanced form of the disease with “severe involvement of areas that control judgment, inhibition, impulse ... Read More

NFL player’s suicide a result of hundreds of concussions

Chris Dronett said her husband, NFL lineman Shane Dronett, never let a concussion deter him. In fact, in the 10 years he played for the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons, he took quite a beating. Linemen sustain an estimated 1,000 or more hits every season and many feel they have no choice but to play through concussions that cause symptoms such as dizziness, short-term memory loss and confusion. “There were times when he’d be slow getting up and kind of try to shake it off and get back in there. He would have headaches and he would say ‘I ... Read More