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Canada Bus Crash Survivor Goes Home After 11 Months in Hospital

A Canadian high school hockey player who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a deadly bus crash last year has been released from the hospital after a 333-day stay. Morgan Gobeil was one of 13 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who were injured April 6, 2018, when their bus rammed a tractor-trailer that had run a stop sign. Sixteen others, including 10 of the hockey players, were killed in the crash. According to The Canadian Press, Morgan is the last survivor of the bus crash that stunned the nation to be released from the hospital. Like ... Read More

Eye-tracking device is first baseline-free test for diagnosing concussions

A new medical device that tracks eye movements can help medical professionals diagnose concussions, and is the first noninvasive, baseline-free test of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EyeBOX, made by Oculogica, uses proprietary technology to collect and analyze more than 100,000 data points relating to cranial nerve function and eye movements to generate an objective assessment of concussion in less than four minutes. Oculogica plans to market the device for use in children and adults ages 5 to 67 years, starting in select, qualified sites. What is unique about the EyeBOX is ... Read More

Brain Injury Turns Deadly for Georgia High School Football Player

An undetected brain injury turned deadly for a 16-year-old Georgia high school football player who complained of feeling unusual during a Sept. 28 game before he collapsed on the sidelines. Dylan Thomas, a junior at Pike County High School and linebacker on its home team, the Pirates, took a hit during a play in the second quarter against Peach County High School. Some fellow players said Dylan seemed unfazed until into the third quarter when he said he wasn’t feeling right. Head coach Brad Webber told reporters at an Oct. 1 news conference that the game was stopped in the ... Read More

CDC Issues New Pediatric Concussion Care Guidelines

Federal health authorities have issued new clinical recommendations for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — commonly called concussions — in children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for the treatment of pediatric concussions consists of 19 sets of clinical recommendations covering the diagnosis, prognosis and management, and treatment of these mild traumatic brain injuries, which government sources refer to as “mTBI.” “More than 800,000 children seek care for TBI in U.S. emergency departments each year, and until today, there was no evidence-based guideline in the United States on pediatric mTBI—inclusive of all causes,” ... Read More

Hoverboard Craze Sent Nearly 27,000 Kids to ER

Hoverboard injuries sent nearly 27,000 children and teens to emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016 amid a craze that saw millions of the self-balancing scooters flooding into the country, according to a new study. Researchers for the study, published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, pulled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for both the years. Data included demographic information, body regions injured, and admission status. Of the 26,854 kids treated in emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016, all but three patients suffered injuries related to falls, with wrists being the most commonly injured body part, ... Read More

Head injury risk in childrens sports a growing debate in family court

The debate about whether to let children play football due to the risk of repeated concussions which could have detrimental, lifelong consequences, has become a growing debate in divorce proceedings in family court. “You always heard it sometimes, when one parent would say ‘I don’t want him doing that because he might get hurt,’” said Allen E. Mayefsky, a leading divorce lawyer and former president of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Usually we thought the parent was just overprotective. Now, it’s more of a real medical issue.” That’s because scientific evidence has emerged in ... Read More

TBI in young children linked to greater ADHD risk

Very young children who suffer a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 3.6 times more likely than young children who have not suffered a head trauma to develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) up to nearly seven years following their injury, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. “Children with a history of traumatic brain injuries – even those with less severe injuries – have an increased risk for the development of new-onset attention problems, potentially many years after injury,” said Megan Narad, PhD of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Previous studies have shown that children who suffered TBI were ... Read More

FDA approves blood test to help doctors evaluate concussions

A new blood test that evaluates mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in adults has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Brain Trauma Indicator, made by Banyan Biomarkers Inc., helps medical professionals determine whether patients with a suspected mTBI need a CT scan for further evaluation. The test is designed to prevent unnecessary neuroimaging and associated radiation exposure to patients. Most patients with a suspected head injury are examined using a neurological scale, the 15-point Glasgow Coma Scale, followed by a CT scan of the head to detect brain tissue damage or intracranial lesions that may require ... 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

Girls suffer concussion symptoms longer than boys

Young female athletes suffer from concussion symptoms – like headache, loss of memory and confusion – longer than young male athletes, a phenomenon possibly due to underlying conditions that are typically more prevalent in girls like migraines, depression, anxiety and stress, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study involved an analysis of medical records of 110 male and 102 female athletes ages 11 to 18 with first-time concussion diagnoses. Researchers noted that boys had a median duration of symptoms for 11 days while girls had a median duration of symptoms for 28 ... Read More