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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

FDA approves new devices to evaluate cognitive function after head injury

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new medical devices that are designed to evaluate symptoms and cognitive function after a head injury. The computerized Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) System and the ImPACT Pediatric are both manufactured by the ImPACT Applications company. They are not intended to diagnose concussions or determine appropriate treatments. Instead, the devices are designed to test skills such as word memory, reaction time and word recognition, all of which can be affected by a head injury. The results are matched with an age-matched control database or to a patient’s pre-injury baseline ... Read More

Study: NFL tried to influence concussion-related government research

The National Football League (NFL) in 2012 promised to donate tens of millions of dollars to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund concussion research, a public relations coup for the league, which had been marred by accusations that it hadn’t done enough to protect its professional football players from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and for downplaying the long-term effects of repeated head blows. But the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee tried to improperly influence the government research and ultimately reneged on one major study, citing conflicts with a researcher and the university he was affiliated with, according ... Read More

Sharp increase in number of playground-related brain injuries

Despite safety improvements in playgrounds, there has been a significant increase in playground-related brain injuries, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 2001 and 2013, emergency departments saw an average of 21,000 playground-related traumatic brain injuries each year among children 14 years of age and younger. In 2013, 29,000 children were taken to Emergency Departments for serious head injuries, up from 18,000 in 2001. “It’s not just sports. This study highlights the importance of other causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions among children,” said Dr. Jeneita Bell, a medical officer with the ... Read More

Blood test may help detect concussions up to a week after injury

A new blood test may one day be used to detect concussions up to a week after injury, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. The study, conducted at Orlando Regional Medical Center, involved 600 adults, half of whom suffered concussions from car crashes, falls, sports, and other activities. Most were mild, with symptoms ranging from loss of consciousness, amnesia or feeling disoriented. The others had fractures or other non-brain trauma. Researchers took samples of participants’ blood beginning four hours after the injury then periodically for the next seven days. The tests measured levels of two different proteins ... Read More

Patients with TBI more likely to lose health insurance coverage

People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more likely to lose their private health insurance coverage, according to a new analysis. Researchers with Brigham and Women’s Hospital reviewed more than three years worth of data and found that the more severe a patient’s brain injury, the faster and more likely he is to lose or see changes in his health coverage. Since most people receive health insurance from their employers, changes in coverage were often attributed to a change in employment, such as an inability to continue working and eventually becoming unemployed. For the study, researchers used data ... Read More

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the video, the former linebacker and team captain dumped a Gatorade bucket full of ice water over his own head and challenged the Titans organization, the Penn State football team, coach James Franklin, and his community in Clarenceville, Mich., to do the same. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against the disease,” said the 30-year-old ... Read More

National Football League Players Association gets hit with concussion injury lawsuit

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), a union for professional football players in the NFL, and three former presidents of the group, have been hit by a lawsuit from two former football players who claim the defendants conspired to conceal evidence that traumatic brain injuries increase the risk for long-term neurological problems. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed in Missouri federal court by former Minnesota Viking Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks, who played with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. The players claim they spent thousand of dollars in dues during ... Read More

Sports, Medicine groups should focus on improving diagnosing, treating sports-related head injuries

More information is needed about the diagnosing and treating of sports-related head injuries, and authoritative bodies in both sports and medicine should be charged with developing, implementing and evaluating large-scale efforts to address the issue, an expert panel recommended. The recommendation was made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC). Both are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert unbiased advice on pressing questions about health and other issues in order to improve lives of people in the United States. Both agencies are known as National Academies within the National Academy of Sciences. The organizations made ... Read More

Researcher uses fruit flies to find better ways to diagnose, treat traumatic brain injuries

Ever swat at a fruit fly and watch him stagger a bit before righting himself and flying off again seemingly unscathed? That response raised a curiosity in Barry Ganetzky, a geneticist at University of Wisconsin-Madison medical school who has studied the insects for more than 30 years. After the suicide of retired San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau due to a brain disease caused by repeated concussions, Ganetzky began to wonder if the fruit fly could hold the answer to treating complex human neurological problems such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Fruit flies have been used in research for decades ... Read More