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TBI can cause sleep disturbances up to 18 months after injury

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People who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may suffer sleep problems for more than a year after the injury occurred, according to a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. TBI is a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. It often occurs as a result of a severe sports injury or car accident. Immediate or delayed symptoms include confusion, blurry vision, and concentration difficulty. Recovery can take weeks or even years, with some symptoms lingering a lifetime. Repeated blows to the head, whether or not ... Read More

Some NFL owners dismiss link between football and brain disease

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Some owners of National Football League (NFL) teams are taking issue with statements made by NFL executive Jeff Miller admitting a link between football and a degenerative brain disease, saying they don’t support the science behind the claims. Earlier this month, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s vice president of player health and safety, said during a discussion about concussions at the House Committee on Energy & Commerce roundtable that there was a link between football and the dementia-like brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE). That statement was not disputed by the league, as explained by Commissioner Roger Godell. But Colts owner ... Read More

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

NFL executive admits football is linked to degenerative brain disease

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A top National Football League (NFL) official has acknowledged that there is a link between concussions sustained during football and degenerative brain diseases including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, spoke earlier this week at the House Committee on Energy & Commerce roundtable about concussions and, when pressed whether he believed that football was linked to brain damage, Miller responded, “Yes. Sure.” Despite his acknowledgement, Miller added that “there are also a number of questions that come with that.” Miller referenced the research of Boston University’s Dr. Ann McKee, who found CTE ... Read More

New method predicts former football players’ long-term risk from concussion

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Researchers say they can predict cognitive outcomes of former professional football players long after they have retired by studying the severity and frequency of their game-related concussions as well as their overall mental abilities. The study comes amid growing concern about the long-term effects of repeated head trauma sustained during practice and play of professional football. Recent studies have linked game-related concussions to an increased risk of degenerative brain diseases including dementia, ALS and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ETC). To better predict a retired player’s risk of cognitive problems, researchers with LA BioMed, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the University of ... Read More

NHL fights lawsuit by former players over concussion injuries


No resolution is expected soon in a class action lawsuit filed against the National Hockey League (NHL) by 105 former players who claim the league promoted violent play and failed to protected players against head injuries or warn them of risks associated with repeated head blows. The primary purpose of the lawsuit is for the league to provide medical monitoring for about 4,800 living former players, plus additional unspecified compensation. No dollar amount was given for the fund, though many are looking to the National Football League (NFL)’s pending $1 billion settlement with former football players as a benchmark. Whisper ... Read More

NHL pushes to dismiss concussion-related lawsuits


The National Hockey League (NHL) says a recent federal court ruling in a lawsuit waged by a former NHL player Derek Boogaard alleging the league did not protect him from concussions should be applied to a year-old motion pending in a Minnesota federal court. The pending motion was filed by the NHL to dismiss similar claims made by a group of retired NHL players whose lawsuits are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Late last year, the NHL successfully argued that claims made by the estate of deceased NHL player Derek Boogaard were preempted by the federal Labor Management Relations Act, and that to ... Read More

NFL great Ken Stabler diagnosed with CTE

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When NFL great Ken Stabler died from colon cancer in July at age 69, he had a severe case of the concussion-related degenerative brain disease that has affected several former football players including Junior Seau and Frank Gifford, Boston University researchers have found. Stabler had agreed to have his brain donated to science after his death to determine if his confusion and headaches were symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease can only be diagnosed posthumously. Researchers found that on a scale of 1 to 4, Stabler was a “high 3.” CTE causes dementia-like symptoms including memory loss ... Read More

Tyler Sash family finds answers in CTE diagnosis

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Barnetta Sash, mother of former Giants safety Tyler Sash, blamed her son’s bizarre behavior on powerful prescription drugs he was taking for a football-related shoulder injury. The 27-year-old became a celebrity when the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011. But it was after leaving professional football following his fifth concussion that Barnetta says her son changed. Tyler was becoming confused at times, suffered memory loss, and became prone to temper tantrums. He had so much difficulty focusing that he was unable to seek meaningful employment. He was arrested in his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, for public intoxication after leading ... Read More

‘Concussion’ movie documents discovery of head injury-related brain disease

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“I probably won’t be getting my free Super Bowl tickets this year,” says actor Will Smith, who plays Dr. Bennet Omalu in the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Concussion” opening this Christmas. Omalu is the man who discovered the link between repeated head blows from NFL players and the degenerative brain disorder, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Smith admits he felt conflicted about his role in the movie since he is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and father of a high school football star. But Omalu convinced him. During filming, Smith also met with family members of retired NFL players who had been ... Read More