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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

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

Rams Quarterback Finishes Game With Head Injury, NFL Investigating

The National Football League (NFL) and players’ union said they are investigating the circumstances that allowed St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum to push through the remaining one minute and 10 seconds of Sunday Night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens despite visible signs that had suffered a concussion. With the teams tied 13-13 near the end of the fourth quarter, Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan threw Keenum to the ground just after he dropped back and threw the ball. In the tackle, Keenum hit the ground hard on his back as his head slammed the ground and bounced sharply back up. Keenum immediately ... 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

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

Boy suffers devastating TBI after home pesticide exposure

A Florida family is blaming the pest control company that fumigated their home for their 10-year-old son Peyton’s traumatic brain injury (TBI). The McCaughey family claims that a Terminix subcontractor, Sunland Pest Control, sprayed their home for termites on Aug. 14, and they were told that it would be safe for them to return to the home two days later. But immediately upon their return, all four family members started vomiting and became ill. Everyone, including Peyton’s 7-year-old sister, recovered, except Payton. His condition deteriorated to the point he couldn’t stand or speak. They rushed him to a local medical ... Read More