Traumatic Brain Injury News Archive

Age a Factor in Concussion Symptom Severity

Age a Factor in Concussion Symptom Severity

Children in the youngest age group consistently reported worse scores on all measures than those in the highest age group.

Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Later Risk of Dementia

Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Later Risk of Dementia

Above-average dementia risk was observed among all participants with traumatic brain injury.

Teleconcussion Assessments Feasible for Football Players

Teleconcussion Assessments Feasible for Football Players

There was a high level of agreement in examination findings between remote and face-to-face providers.

In Traumatic Brain Injury, White Matter Diffusivity May Predict Long Term Outcomes

In Traumatic Brain Injury, White Matter Diffusivity May Predict Long Term Outcomes

The longitudinal trajectories in the TBI-slow group diverged from the normal group with widespread increases in mean, radial, and axial diffusivity.

Head Impacts in Soccer Lead to Moderate to Severe CNS Symptoms

Head Impacts in Soccer Lead to Moderate to Severe CNS Symptoms

In future research, it will be important to examine whether more subtle, transient CNS changes occur in the absence of severe CNS symptoms.

Lingering Concussion Symptoms May Affect Driving Ability

Lingering Concussion Symptoms May Affect Driving Ability

Despite feeling recovered from their concussion, participants were likely to drive erratically.

Concussions May Accelerate Alzheimer's in At-Risk Populations

Concussions May Accelerate Alzheimer's in At-Risk Populations

In people who are genetically at-risk for Alzheimer's, concussions appear to accelerate brain changes associated with the disease.

Can Exercise Prevent Post-Concussive Symptoms?

Can Exercise Prevent Post-Concussive Symptoms?

Participants who performed light, moderate, or full-contact activity had a lower risk for postconcussive symptoms.

Therapeutic Hypothermia Beneficial in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury

Therapeutic Hypothermia Beneficial in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury

Children with TBI who underwent therapeutic hypothermia, however, experienced increased mortality and worse outcomes.

Blood Metabolites May Indicate Concussion

Blood Metabolites May Indicate Concussion

The authors have filed a patent application for their test.

Many States Lack Plans to Return Children to School After Concussion

Many States Lack Plans to Return Children to School After Concussion

Most laws focus specifically on athletes, however all athletes are students as well.

Preventing Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

Preventing Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

Nearly 80% of depressive symptoms occur within the first 6 months after TBI.

Can Deep Brain Stimulation Improve Deficits From Traumatic Brain Injury?

Can Deep Brain Stimulation Improve Deficits From Traumatic Brain Injury?

Deep brain stimulation appears to boost function and quality of life in patients with TBI.

Biomarkers of Neuronal Damage in Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Biomarkers of Neuronal Damage in Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Levels of neurofilament light protein and amyloid β reflect CNS injury after repeated mild traumatic brain injury events.

Sertraline Tx May Prevent Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

Sertraline Tx May Prevent Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

The intervention was well tolerated, with mild adverse effects in both the sertraline and placebo groups.

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Long-Term Adverse Effects

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Long-Term Adverse Effects

TBI in childhood and adolescence was associated with low education attainment and premature death.

FDA Gives Marketing Green Light to Cognitive Tests for Concussion

FDA Gives Marketing Green Light to Cognitive Tests for Concussion

The devices are the first of their kind to be granted marketing approval by the FDA.

Preventing Symptom Spikes in Pediatric Concussion

Preventing Symptom Spikes in Pediatric Concussion

Risk of symptom spikes appeared to be linked to an abrupt increase in mental activity.

Changes in Brain Volume, Blood Flow After Concussion

Changes in Brain Volume, Blood Flow After Concussion

The findings indicate that long-term damage from concussions should be a concern for all athletes.

Player-Player Contact Increases Magnitude of Head Impact

Player-Player Contact Increases Magnitude of Head Impact

Certain football-specific stances were also associated with greater head impact.

White Matter Damage Lingers Months After Concussion

White Matter Damage Lingers Months After Concussion

The changes in white matter negatively correlated with acute concussion symptoms.

Concussion Rates Rising Sharply Among US Youth

Concussion Rates Rising Sharply Among US Youth

The rise may account for improved diagnosis.

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Parkinson's, Lewy Body Pathology

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Parkinson's, Lewy Body Pathology

Notably, there was no association found between TBI with LOC and dementia.

Concussions Are More Prevalent in Water Polo Than Thought

Concussions Are More Prevalent in Water Polo Than Thought

The average number of concussions was just over 2 per person.

Ocular-Motor System Slow to Recover After Sub-Concussive Hits

Ocular-Motor System Slow to Recover After Sub-Concussive Hits

Repetitive, sub-concussive hits to the head are associated with near point of convergence.

Poor Sleep May Have Ill Effect on Baseline Concussion Assessment

Poor Sleep May Have Ill Effect on Baseline Concussion Assessment

Girls reported more symptoms of concussion after a poor night's sleep.

Youth Athletes Likely to Return to Play Less Than 24 Hours Post-Concussion

Youth Athletes Likely to Return to Play Less Than 24 Hours Post-Concussion

High school athletes are more likely than college athletes to demonstrate post-concussion symptoms.

Sleep Problems Persist in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

Sleep Problems Persist in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

Most patients underestimate their degree of sleep disturbance.

Hormone Deficiency Common in Veterans With Concussion

Hormone Deficiency Common in Veterans With Concussion

Insufficiencies in adrenal, thyroid, and growth hormone were noted.

Pre-Injury Psychosomatic Symtpoms Slow Concussion Recovery

Pre-Injury Psychosomatic Symtpoms Slow Concussion Recovery

Athletes with mental distress took twice as long to recover from concussion.

Examining Headaches Among Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Examining Headaches Among Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

New research suggests that TBI alone may be a strong predictor for headaches in the first year of VA care among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Biomarker May Detect Concussion Up to a Week After Injury

Biomarker May Detect Concussion Up to a Week After Injury

The biomarker can help identify TBI in patients whose symptoms have late onset.

Risk Score May Better Predict Postconcussive Symptoms in Children

Risk Score May Better Predict Postconcussive Symptoms in Children

The readily available assessment could help identify patients in need of closer assessment.

Concussion Catch 22: Are New Rules Promoting Joint Damage?

Concussion Catch 22: Are New Rules Promoting Joint Damage?

Since the new rules were implemented, knee, ankle, and leg injuries increased significantly.

Ill-Fitting Football Helmets May Promote Worse Concussion

Ill-Fitting Football Helmets May Promote Worse Concussion

Those with loose-fitting helmets had higher rates of drowsiness, hyperexcitability, and noise sensitivity.

Predicting Long Term Cognitive Outcomes After Concussion

Predicting Long Term Cognitive Outcomes After Concussion

Researchers utilized cognitive reserve to predict long-term cognitive outcomes.

Exosomal Tau Blood Test May Detect CTE in the Living

Exosomal Tau Blood Test May Detect CTE in the Living

The noninvasive blood test is a promising first-step in diagnosing CTE in the living.

Suicide Risk High After Concussion

Suicide Risk High After Concussion

The risk is especially high for concussions that occur on weekends.

Sufficient Rest is Critical in Concussion Recovery

Sufficient Rest is Critical in Concussion Recovery

Rest for longer than a day is critical for allowing the brain to recover from short-term injuries and reset neural networks after a concussion..

Axonal Injury After Traumatic Brain Injury May Contribute to Amyloid Buildup

Axonal Injury After Traumatic Brain Injury May Contribute to Amyloid Buildup

Amyloid plaque similar to that seen in Alzheimer's was found in participants with TBI.

New Ways of Preventing, Detecting Head Trauma in Football

New Ways of Preventing, Detecting Head Trauma in Football

Several studies suggest athletes undergo head trauma through the course of a season, even when concussion isn't present.

Tau Oligomers From Mice With TBI Linked to Cognitive Decline and Pathologic Seeding

Tau Oligomers From Mice With TBI Linked to Cognitive Decline and Pathologic Seeding

Tao oligomers in traumatic brain injury may provide insight into the pathogenesis of neurogenerative disease.

Severe Case of CTE in Young Athlete Alarms Researchers

Severe Case of CTE in Young Athlete Alarms Researchers

The subject's condition was as severe as that of 43-year-old Junior Seau, who committed suicide and was confirmed to have CTE.

Brain Death Determination Still Differs Despite Guidelines

Brain Death Determination Still Differs Despite Guidelines

While there have been improvements, variation still exists.

Concussion Awareness On the Rise Among Consumers

Concussion Awareness On the Rise Among Consumers

According to a new poll, 83% of the public think players should have to take a set amount of time off after a head injury to recover.

Reduced Cerebral Blood Flow May Persist After Concussion

Reduced Cerebral Blood Flow May Persist After Concussion

More research needs to be conducted to determine any harmful effects.

Neck Collar Could Help Prevent Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Neck Collar Could Help Prevent Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The device helps prevent brain "sloshing" which may contribute to concussion.

Functional Connectivity May Predict Comatose Patient Outcome

Functional Connectivity May Predict Comatose Patient Outcome

Functional connectivity strength between the PCC and mPFC was significantly different in comatose patients who went on to recover compared to those who remained comatose.

Blood Test Promising for Concussion Detection in Children

Blood Test Promising for Concussion Detection in Children

The researchers hope to make the test available to parents, coaches, and trainers to administer after impact.

AAP Stresses Proper Tackling Technique to Prevent Football Injuries

AAP Stresses Proper Tackling Technique to Prevent Football Injuries

Ultimately, players must decide if the benefits of play outweigh the risks of injury.

Concussion, Isolated Mandible Fractures Often Co-Occurring

Concussion, Isolated Mandible Fractures Often Co-Occurring

Patients presenting with mandible fractures should be screened for concussion as well.

Older Adults Recover More Slowly from Concussion

Older Adults Recover More Slowly from Concussion

Younger patients have better neural plasticity than older patients.

Hypothermia Doesn't Improve Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury

Hypothermia Doesn't Improve Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury

The therapy doesn't improve outcomes any more than standard care alone.

CTE Nearly Ubiquitous Among NFL Retirees, Study Finds

CTE Nearly Ubiquitous Among NFL Retirees, Study Finds

CTE was found in 96% of all NFL players and 79% of all football players studied as part of the brain bank's investigation.

Energy Drinks Mixed with Alcohol Linked to Traumatic Brain Injury

Energy Drinks Mixed with Alcohol Linked to Traumatic Brain Injury

That Red Bull and vodka concoction is more likely to earn you a TBI, study results show.

King-Devick Test a Reliable Sideline Assessment of Concussion

King-Devick Test a Reliable Sideline Assessment of Concussion

Combined with other rapid assessment tools, the King-Devick test had 100% concussion detection accuracy.

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults

TBI may cause neuro-psychological changes resulting in an ADHD diagnosis.

Color-Changing Material May Help Detect Traumatic Brain Injury VIDEO

Color-Changing Material May Help Detect Traumatic Brain Injury VIDEO

The polymer-based material changes color based on the force of impact.

Head Injuries at Young Age May Disrupt Brain Development

Head Injuries at Young Age May Disrupt Brain Development

Early exposure to brain injury linked to later-life brain alterations.

Anticholinergics Slow Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Patients

Anticholinergics Slow Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Patients

Higher doses of anticholinergics was associated with a longer hospital stay in patients with brain injuries.

Elevated Tau After Multiple TBI Linked to Chronic Post-Concussive Symptoms

Elevated Tau After Multiple TBI Linked to Chronic Post-Concussive Symptoms

Elevated levels of plasma tau appear to persist after multiple TBIs, contributing to chronic symptoms.

Concussion in Soccer Primarily Caused By Player Contact, Not Heading

Concussion in Soccer Primarily Caused By Player Contact, Not Heading

More physical play is the root cause of concussion in soccer, although heading presents a significant risk.

Functional, Structural Differences in TBI, PTSD Detected with Neuroimaging

Functional, Structural Differences in TBI, PTSD Detected with Neuroimaging

SPECT detected the subtle functional and structural changes in the brain between those with PTSD, TBI, or both.

Sleep Benefits Memory Consolidation After Traumatic Brain Injury

Sleep Benefits Memory Consolidation After Traumatic Brain Injury

Sleeping helps encode new memories, even in patients with a history of traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury Raises Parkinson's Risk in Older Adults

Traumatic Brain Injury Raises Parkinson's Risk in Older Adults

Dose-response associations were found for TBI severity and frequency.

Concussion with Loss of Consciousness Linked to Brain Atrophy, MCI

Concussion with Loss of Consciousness Linked to Brain Atrophy, MCI

Those with a history of G3 concussion are at increased risk of brain atrophy and MCI.

Post-Concussion Symptoms Affect Academic Performance

Post-Concussion Symptoms Affect Academic Performance

High school-aged student were more likely to report problems with academics related to concussion recovery.

Concussion Risk Greatest During High School Football Practice

Concussion Risk Greatest During High School Football Practice

High school football players sustained the greatest amount of concussions compared to youth players and college athletes.

Working Memory Worse in Women After Traumatic Brain Injury

Working Memory Worse in Women After Traumatic Brain Injury

MRI indicates that working memory may take longer to recover in women than in men.

Protein Pattern in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Identified

Protein Pattern in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Identified

The brains of people with chronic traumatic encephalopathy have distinct patterns of tau protein buildup.

Focus on Concussion Detection Turns to Blood Biomarkers

Focus on Concussion Detection Turns to Blood Biomarkers

Researchers have uncovered a simple panel of blood biomarkers for concussion as the CDC highlights gaps in TBI research.

Sense of Smell May Help Identify Traumatic Brain Injury

Sense of Smell May Help Identify Traumatic Brain Injury

Evaluating sense of smell on the battlefield is much more practical and provides more timely evaluation, care.

Flash Card Concussion Test Brings Simplicity, Accuracy to Sideline

Flash Card Concussion Test Brings Simplicity, Accuracy to Sideline

The simple assessment can be performed by trainers, coaches, and parents alike.

Cerebral Blood Flow Could Indicate Concussion Severity, Recovery

Cerebral Blood Flow Could Indicate Concussion Severity, Recovery

Imaging showed reduced circulation in football players that hadn't recovered from the injury.

Football Helmet Add-Ons Have Little Effect on Concussion Impact

Football Helmet Add-Ons Have Little Effect on Concussion Impact

Helmet add-ons like padding and protective layers have little effect on impact.

Gist Reasoning Indicative of Daily Function in Traumatic Brain Injury

Gist Reasoning Indicative of Daily Function in Traumatic Brain Injury

Gist reasoning may be more indicative of daily functioning at work and home in people with TBI.

Fighters Show Brain Volume Loss, Cognitive Deficits Over Time

Fighters Show Brain Volume Loss, Cognitive Deficits Over Time

Boxers appeared to fair worse than martial arts fighters do to the focus on hitting the head in the sport.

Eye Tracking Could Help Identify Severity of Brain Injury

Eye Tracking Could Help Identify Severity of Brain Injury

The tool can help track ocular motility disruption from concussion.

Molecular, Structural Changes in Brain After Concussion

Molecular, Structural Changes in Brain After Concussion

Researchers are now looking to study current players to see if the changes occur during play or as a late response to injury.

Auditory Training Improves Responsiveness of Coma Patients

Auditory Training Improves Responsiveness of Coma Patients

After weeks of training, patients were able to prioritize familiar voices over secondary sounds like bells or whistles.

Is Inflammation Behind Cognitive Problems Following Traumatic Brain Injury?

Is Inflammation Behind Cognitive Problems Following Traumatic Brain Injury?

The authors propose that experimental drugs and exercise programs may help prevent inflammation after TBI.

One Season of Middle School Football Has No Ill Effect on Brain

One Season of Middle School Football Has No Ill Effect on Brain

What separates youth football players from high school-aged players is the amount of hits, not the force of impact.

More Rest Can Hinder Concussion Recovery in Pediatric Patients

More Rest Can Hinder Concussion Recovery in Pediatric Patients

Too much rest after a concussion could actually slow recovery in young patients.

White Matter Abnormalities Link Depression, Concussion

White Matter Abnormalities Link Depression, Concussion

Similar brain abnormalities could indicate a common pathophysiology between the diseases.

Concussion Laws Promote Greater Use of Health Care

Concussion Laws Promote Greater Use of Health Care

The increase in health care utilization could be due to increased injury awareness.

Progesterone Has No Benefit on Traumatic Brain Injury

Progesterone Has No Benefit on Traumatic Brain Injury

The results of the larger trials were in stark contrast to two previous studies, which had positive results.

Brain Changes in Teen Football Players Without Concussion

Brain Changes in Teen Football Players Without Concussion

Researchers now must explore if similar changes occur in other teens and teen athletes not exposed to head impacts.

Pituitary Activity May Help Diagnose PTSD in Traumatic Brain Injury

Pituitary Activity May Help Diagnose PTSD in Traumatic Brain Injury

Metabolic activity in the pituitary gland may help identify PTSD symptoms in patients with mild traumatic brain injury.

Head Health Challenge Develops Tech to Diagnose, Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

Head Health Challenge Develops Tech to Diagnose, Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

The Head Health Challenge has already awarded $10 million to research groups focused on traumatic brain injury diagnosis.

No Post-Concussion Symptom Benefit with Hyperbaric Oxygen

No Post-Concussion Symptom Benefit with Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen was no more effective than a sham procedure for treating post-concussion symptoms.

Falls Are a Leading Cause of Head Trauma in Children

Falls Are a Leading Cause of Head Trauma in Children

Seven percent of the children in the study were found to have traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury in Teens May Lead to Substance Abuse

Traumatic Brain Injury in Teens May Lead to Substance Abuse

Substance abuse could be a coping mechanism used by adolescents to deal with the effects of TBI.

Current Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognostic Models Unsatisfactory

Current Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognostic Models Unsatisfactory

Current prognostic models for mild traumatic brain (mTBI) injury do not accurately reflect actual outcomes.

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