Tagged Articles

brain injury 177 articles

White House unveils ambitious plans to advance understanding of the human brain

The White House unveiled a brain-mapping initiative this week that could help “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.” Called the BRAIN initiative (short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the plan seeks to accelerate the invention of new technologies and open areas of study that could spawn other related industries, fueling job creation and domestic output. In describing the scope and purpose of the BRAIN initiative, President Barack Obama said that the advancement of brain science and technology ... Read More

Junior Seau’s family sues NFL, helmet maker over brain trauma

The family of famed linebacker Junior Seau, who killed himself in May at age 43, is suing the National Football League (NFL) and Riddell Inc., a major football helmet manufacturer, over brain injuries that doctors say likely played a role in his death. Mr. Seau spent 13 seasons playing for the San Diego Chargers before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent three years, and the New England Patriots for the final four years of his professional career. Like former Chicago Bears Safety Dave Duerson, Mr. Seau shot himself in the chest, quite possibly so that his ... Read More

Study confirms NFL star Junior Seau had degenerative brain disease

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have confirmed what those close to National Football League (NFL) linebacker Junior Seau suspected: the celebrated San Diego Chargers player suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to multiple blows on the head and concussions, when he took his life last May. Mr. Seau, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his Oceanside, Calif., home, is the latest and most prominent NFL player to take his life after suffering from depression, cognitive decline, and other psychological and emotional difficulties. His death mirrored that of former Chicago ... Read More

Second impact syndrome a potentially fatal type of brain injury

Cody Lehe, 23, spends most of his time in a wheelchair, struggling with partial paralysis and a compromised mental capacity. But he says he’s happy to be alive. As a high school student, he suffered from a rare type of traumatic brain injury known as second impact syndrome, which is fatal about 85 percent of the time. Cody was a high school football player when he suffered a hard blow to the head. For the next three days he had headaches and then went for a CT scan on his head, which showed no abnormalities. His doctor deemed him fit ... Read More

Diabetes drug may help reduce brain injury after stroke

The type 2 diabetes drug linagliptin, known by the brand name Tradjenta, may reduce brain damage after a stroke, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Diabetes. The research suggests Tradjenta could potentially be used to decrease brain injury after stroke in patients other than diabetics with a high stroke risk. A stroke occurs when part of the neural tissue in the brain is damaged due to a lack of oxygen. It is either caused by a blood clot or a rupture of a blood vessel. People suffering from diabetes are already at higher risk of having ... Read More

VA to improve and expand mental health and suicide prevention resources

As U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down, efforts to treat massive numbers of veterans for mental health issues is picking up. Military veterans will soon have better access to mental health services and suicide prevention efforts under a new plan aimed at expanding and improving several Veterans Administration (VA) programs. An executive order signed by President Obama Friday directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure any veterans expressing suicidal thoughts are seen by a mental health professional within 24 hours. Although that standard already exists at the VA, the agency often fails to meet the goal, ... Read More

Film documents local NFL star’s battle with ALS

Prattville Alabama native and former NFL fullback Kevin Turner is the subject of an award-winning film documenting his struggles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease that gradually diminishes voluntary and involuntary muscle control. Mr. Turner believes his case of ALS, which is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, was brought on by repeated blows to the head when he was a professional football player. “American Man,” produced and directed by Jon Frankel of HBO’s program “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” aired Sunday on ESPN Classic and is scheduled to run again on the same channel on November 24 ... Read More

Toppled TV kills Arizona boy

PHOENIX, AZ – Police officials say that a 5-year old boy died in Phoenix Monday after a television set apparently fell on top of him. According to a report from CBS5 in Phoenix, Isaiah Hernandez was watching television by himself in a back room of his house while on a fall break from school. After a couple of hours, the boy’s mother and grandmother went to get him and found him pinned underneath a 165-pound television set. Police described the TV as an “old-style picture tube” that appeared to have been perched on top of a nightstand, about two feet ... Read More

Oakland Raiders Heyward-Bay resting after play-stopping neck injury

CASTRO VALLEY, CAL–Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay has been released from a Bay Area hospital after a head and neck injury left him unconscious during Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh. Mr. Heyward-Bey was taken to Eden Medical Center in Alameda County during the Raider’s winning game against Pittsburgh in Oakland. He was running across the end zone in an attempt to catch a pass when two Steelers defenders collided with him simultaneously. Mr. Heyward-Bey took a brutal hit on his facemask from Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy’s helmet, causing him to lay motionless with eyes closed for about 10 minutes ... Read More

College football games marred by spine, head injuries

Saturday’s football game between Tulane and the University of Tulsa ended with a serious spinal injury for senior safety Devon Walker, who was rushed to the hospital with a broken neck and paralysis just before the end of the first half. The injury occurred as Mr. Walker was making a tackle in the final play of the first half. Medical personnel from both teams rushed to the field as Mr. Walker lay motionless, as the crowd at H.A. Chapman Stadium fell silent. According to the AP, several coaches were emotionally distraught when the ambulance took the motionless player to a ... Read More