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Degenerative brain disease ‘strongly linked’ to football

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association strongly links the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with North American football. Researchers found evidence of CTE in the brains of 177 of 202 deceased men who had played football in college or professionally for at least two years, and 100 of the 111 former National Football League (NFL) players in the study were neuropathologically diagnosed with severe CTE. The study was conducted by a group of investigators from the Neuropathology Service of the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System and the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. ... Read More

Did Panthers Return Cam Newton To Saints Game With a Concussion?

More NFL concussion controversy has erupted after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit in Sunday’s wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints and appeared to suffer the symptoms of a concussion. But instead of going to the locker room as the League’s brand-new concussion rules require, Newton was evaluated on the sideline and returned to the game in four minutes. Just after Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison tackled Newton with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle David Onyemata pummeled Newton hard in the head. Newton was slow to stand back up and then, as he was ... Read More

Heading ball in soccer can cause concussion symptoms

Intentional and unintentional head impacts in soccer are associated with moderate to very severe central nervous system (CNS) symptoms, suggesting that soccer players experience repeated concussive impacts and not simply subconcussive ones, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, recruited 222 amateur soccer players from a sub-study of the Einstein Soccer Study to complete a total of 470 online HeadCount questionnaires at baseline and every two weeks throughout the duration of the study. Participants were asked about soccer practices and games, heading the ball, and ... Read More

Texans’ Tom Savage Returned To Game With Concussion

Concussion experts, professional athletes, NFL fans, and others expressed their shock and disgust that Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was returned to play in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers immediately after being hit and clearly showing signs of concussion. Mr. Savage remained on the ground after being hit on a third-down play, his arms outstretched and twitching in a seizure-like manner known to concussion experts as a “fencing response.” Team doctors evaluated Mr. Savage on the field, but instead of docking him and getting him the treatment he needed, they returned him to the game. It wasn’t until he ... Read More

Testing child’s saliva after TBI could help detect prolonged concussion symptoms

Testing the composition of a child’s saliva following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could help doctors detect whether the child may have prolonged symptoms of concussion, according to a small study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Prolonged concussion symptoms are defined as a symptom score of 5 or greater on the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool four weeks after injury. Researchers with Pennsylvania State University discovered that following head trauma if they tracked concentrations of five specific microRNAs, they were more than 85 percent accurate at identifying prolonged concussion symptoms. This test proved to be more accurate than tracking symptoms four weeks ... Read More

TV producer sues Punkin Chunkin event over critical injuries

A television producer shooting last year’s “Punkin Chunkin” event for the Discovery Channel has filed a personal-injury lawsuit blaming the event’s organizers and others for critical injuries she suffered when one of the pumpkin launchers exploded. According to the Associated Press, Suzanne Dakessian filed her lawsuit Aug. 16 in a Delaware federal court against World Championship Punkin Chunkin Inc., Wheatley Farms Inc., Discovery Communications, the State of Delaware, and other defendants. During the filming of the event on Nov. 6, a cannon being used to launch a pumpkin exploded, blasting a metal plate about the size of a car door and other ... Read More

Amputation, Concussion Among Minnesota School Explosion Injuries

Doctors performed a leg amputation and several concussion screenings on the survivors of a Minneapolis, Minnesota school explosion Aug. 2. A soccer coach who was critically injured in the Minnehaha school explosion is recovering from a leg amputation, while several others are being monitored for concussions and other head injuries similar to combat vets returning home from war. The wife of Bryan Duffey, an assistant boys soccer coach at Minnehaha Academy, said her husband continues to make progress after being critically wounded in the natural gas explosion at the school. He has undergone three surgeries and will have a major skin graft surgery in the ... Read More

TBI Study: Breakthrough Findings Could Help Treatment

University of Maryland researchers have identified an inflammatory process the brain undergoes in response to an injury that could better our understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases develop and potentially lead to better treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, found that levels of microparticles released from the brain’s immune cells, or microglia, soar in both the blood and brain following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a concussion or severe blow to the head. In tests, researchers found these microparticles promoted inflammation and activated normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain ... Read More

Concussion Researchers Use Grant To Study Unconventional Therapies

Concussion researchers at the University of Pennsylvania received a $9.25 million award from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and his sister Jody to study concussions and potential new treatments for them in an unconventional way. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, David Meaney, bioengineering chair for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Douglas Smith, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the Perelman School of Medicine will lead the studies, which will look at the ways in which the brain attempts to repair itself after a concussion by focusing on a “shadow network of cells.” Dr. ... Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury Suffered on the Job Leads to Georgia Firefighter’s Death

A 10-year veteran of the Macon County Fire Department in Georgia, Darrell Plank, was struck in the head by a metal coupling when a fire hose snagged on a fire truck while fighting a fire on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The Telegraph reports that Plank was taken by ambulance from the incident location in Montezuma to a nearby Medical Center, Navicent Health, where a CT scan later revealed he had suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain indicating a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Darrell’s family and fellow firefighters held out hope for his recovery until ... Read More