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Frank Gifford Had Degenerative Brain Disease, Family Says

The family of Frank Gifford announced last week that the former NFL superstar suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive, debilitating brain disease linked to repeated concussions and even mild jerks of the head and neck that commonly occur in football. “While Frank passed away from natural causes this past August at the age of 84, our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma were confirmed when a team of pathologists recently diagnosed his condition,” the family said in a statement Nov. 25. The diagnosis likely will underscore the threat that concussion and other forms of traumatic ... Read More

Brain Injury Class Action Results In Big Changes To Youth Soccer Rules

The United States Soccer Federation has announced new rules and guidelines designed to protect more youth players from the cumulative neurological damage that can occur with repeated blows and knocks to the head. The new rules are part of a resolution in a class action lawsuit filed by a group of players and their parents in a California federal court, accusing FIFA, the U.S. Soccer Federation, and the American Youth Soccer Organization of negligence in the way they addressed and handled concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury among soccer players. The class action, which did not seek monetary ... Read More

Staggering Number of U.S. Veterans Struggle With Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the United States observes Veterans Day by remembering and honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The federal holiday is also a good time to call attention to the alarming number of U.S. Veterans suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According a recent survey of more than 23,000 veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project, more than 75 percent of wounded servicemen and women are trying to cope with the often devastating effects of TBI and PTSD, the “invisible wounds of war,” which ... Read More

Tracy Morgan hosts Saturday Night Live after deadly Walmart truck crash

Tracy Morgan, the actor-comedian best known for his role in the hit satirical sitcom 30 Rock, hosted Saturday Night Live Oct. 18, his first significant performance since the tragic Walmart truck crash that nearly took his life last year. Mr. Morgan, who is a former SNL cast member himself, began the show with a monologue about his return to television and comedy, as well as giving thanks to all of his friends, family and fans that helped make his recovery possible. During his intro sketch, Mr. Morgan even exclaimed that he was “back and better than ever.” In June 2014, Mr. Morgan ... Read More

Processed Fructose Impairs Brain’s Ability To Heal After traumatic brain Injury, UCLA Researchers Find

A new study led by a team of UCLA neuroscientists indicates that the consumption of processed fructose impairs the brain’s ability to heal after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The findings could have an enormous impact on the millions of Americans struggling to overcome the effects of brain injury, which include confusion, memory loss, diminished cognitive ability, mood swings, depression, and other potentially debilitating symptoms. Approximately 1.7 million Americans suffer from some form of TBI each year. “Americans consume most of their fructose from processed foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology ... Read More

Study Detects Links Between Energy Drinks And Traumatic Brain Injury

A Canadian study surveying thousands of Ontario students has found that energy drink consumption is linked to increased risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, reached the conclusion after surveying more than 10,000 Ontario students ages 11 to 20. Among other questions, the survey asked respondents about their energy drink consumption and whether they had ever experienced a traumatic brain injury. The study, published Sept. 16 in the journal PLOS ONE, defined TBI as any blow to the head that left the respondent unconscious for five minutes or required an overnight stay in ... Read More

96 Percent Of Deceased NFL Players Had Degenerative Brain Disease, Research Shows

Ninety-six percent of deceased NFL players examined by medical researchers tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the debilitating brain disease blamed for the decline and eventual deaths of former football players. Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University who have conducted post-mortem examinations of 91 former NFL players found that 87 had some form of CTE, a degenerative neurological disease that leads to memory loss, depression, dementia, and a spectrum of other difficulties. Altogether the study examined the brains of 165 former players, including NFL, semi-pro, college, and high school players. Of the wider group, CTE ... Read More

Tracy Morgan Makes First Appearance At Emmys Since Truck Crash

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan took to the stage at the 2015 Emmy Awards Sunday in his first public appearance since a Walmart truck crash nearly killed him in June of last year. “I miss you guys so much,” Mr. Morgan said, making a surprise appearance to a standing ovation. “Jimmy Kimmel said on this stage that we’ll see you back here next year Tracy Morgan. Well, thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my family and my beautiful new wife, I’m here standing on my own two feet.” Mr. Morgan, 46, was critically injured when a Walmart truck driven by ... Read More

Teens with TBIs more likely to have history of consuming energy drinks

Teenagers who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past year were also seven times more likely to admit to having at least five energy drinks in the previous week, according to a report published in PLOS ONE. The study involved surveys from 10,272 teens in grades 7 through 12. Researchers found that teens who suffered a TBI while playing team sports were twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks in the last year. These cases were compared to teenagers who suffered a TBI from fights, car accidents, or other injuries. Researchers say the link between energy drinks and TBIs is ... Read More

MRI Soon After Traumatic Brain Injury More Effective In Detecting Microbleeding

Military service members who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may receive prompter, more effective treatment if they undergo brain imaging soon after their injury, a new study has found. According to study leader Dr. Gerard Riedy, chief of neuroimaging at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., many veterans currently do not receive an MRI on their brain “until many, many months after injury occurred.” But an MRI on the brain performed soon after the injury occurred can help doctors detect cerebral microhemorrhages that often lead to severe secondary ... Read More