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Michigan Motorcyclist Who Sustained Brain Injury May have Had Defective Helmet

A Michigan man who sustained a traumatic brain injury July 2 after crashing his motorcycle into a Detroit-area car wash may have been wearing a defective helmet, authorities say. The 30-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed in a report, was riding his motorcycle in the right lane of Utica Road southbound when he veered into the parking lot of the Royal Touch Car Wash in Clinton Township and lost control of the vehicle. The man had reportedly been traveling home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred around 10:38 p.m. The bike toppled over and the ejected motorcyclist ... Read More

Concussions Create Long-Term Structural Changes In Brain, Study Finds

Concussions can alter the structure of the brain over the long-term, even after clinical symptoms associated with head trauma have disappeared, a new study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin has found. While the effects a concussion makes on the brain’s microstructure are known and documented, the Wisconsin study, presented earlier this month in the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference, focused on the duration of those effects. The study analyzed the brains of 35 high school and college athletes using advanced neuroimaging technologies. Seventeen of the study subjects were examined after suffering a concussion. The ... Read More

High School Lacrosse Player Sues Over Alleged Mismanaged Head Injury

A high school Lacrosse player has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the Orange County, Fla., School Board and the Florida High School Athletic Association, alleging they were negligent in responding to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) she sustained during a match last year. According to an amended lawsuit filed in Orange County Circuit Court May 17, a player identified as Leighton Yenor, also named as a defendant, struck plaintiff Kendall Holley on the head with a lacrosse stick. The impact caused Ms. Holley to sustain a concussion. Instead of properly responding to the injury, however, “none of the referees, coaches ... Read More

New Study Finds Substantial Rise In Playground Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are on the rise at playgrounds across the U.S., according to a new study published by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. For the study, which was published May 2 in the medical journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at the 2005-2013 injury rates among children younger than age 14 and found a significant increase in the number of children being diagnosed with some form of traumatic brain injury. The study’s authors pointed to two possible causes for the increase: an increase in the amount of playground time for children at home or at school and an increased ... Read More

TBI can cause sleep disturbances up to 18 months after injury

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

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

Christmas Unleashes Torrent of Hoverboard Injuries

There is currently no easy way to quantify hoverboard injuries in the U.S., but if all the post-Christmas YouTube videos capturing children and adults losing their balance and taking a hard spill are any indication, hoverboard-induced head injuries, broken bones, scrapes, cuts, and bruises are not uncommon. In fact, reports such as one from 12 News Now of Beaumont, Texas, indicate hoverboard injuries could be a new epidemic challenging the nation’s emergency rooms. On Tuesday, 12 News Now reported that one Beaumont clinic treated six patients for hoverboard injuries on Monday alone. Multiply just a fraction of that number by the ... Read More

CPSC Urges Caution With Hoverboards Until Defects, Hazards Understood

Thousands of children, teens, and adults across the U.S. will find hoverboards under the Christmas tree this year despite mounting reports of the devices self-combusting and starting fires. The sudden popularity of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters has left federal safety regulators scrambling to understand why so many of the Chinese-made devices are erupting in flames and what they can do about it. “The challenge is to move quickly but also thoroughly and carefully to find out why certain hoverboards caught fire,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. “Every consumer who is riding a ... Read More

NFL Announces Second Phase of Concussion Research Grants

Two years after agreeing to pay nearly $1 billion to settle head-injury lawsuits brought by thousands of former football players, the NFL announced it has launched the second phase of a $20-million initiative to fund the research and development of concussion detection and prevention technologies. The Head Health Challenge is a three-stage program funded by the NFL in partnership with General Electric and Under Armour with the aim of advancing “the development of technologies that can detect early-stage traumatic brain injuries and improve brain protection.” The first phase of the initiative reached a semi-final phase in January 2014 with 16 winners ... Read More

Doctors Speak Up About Hoverboards And Head Injuries

Hoverboards – those two-wheeled, self-balancing, motorized skateboards – occupy the top spot on a lot Christmas wish lists this year, but medical professionals treating injured patients pouring into the emergency rooms nationwide are sounding a warning. Many hoverboard owners will say that the boards take some getting used to, and falling backward off of the devices seems like a rite of passage before riders get the hang of them, as evidenced by countless videos showing people of all ages wiping out. Dr. Reginald Burton, a trauma surgeon at Bryant West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., told Omaha’s KETV 7 that a lot ... Read More