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March 22, 2019

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I recently heard about Barrow Neurological Institute's Domestic Violence Traumatic Brain Injury Program in Phoenix, and am impressed, inspired, and grateful to know that such a program exists and is thriving. Having served over 20 years with Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico, I have long known of the link between inter-partner violence and traumatic brain injury. The link between athletes and ve...

November 16, 2018

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Doubled risk compared with football teams from large schools

By Randy Dotinga, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today

SAN DIEGO — Size matters when it comes to risk of injuries in youth football, researchers said here — the size of the school fielding the team, that is.

Players from small schools faced more than double the risk of injury -- including concussion — than those on the largest teams, said Lau...

July 26, 2017

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Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blow...

June 6, 2017

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A small study of NFL players suggests that the signs of CTE may be found with a low-cost, noninvasive test that tracks changes in conversational language years before symptoms appear.

May 16, 2017

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The debate over CTE's existence, associations, and causes has sparked politics and cover-up, breakthrough research, and even a Will Smith movie so melodramatic (Tell the Truth!) that he neglected to write an accompanying hit song (or perhaps he learned from Wild Wild West).

May 2, 2017

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Repeated head impact (RHI) exposure predicts higher later-life plasma total-tau (t-tau) concentrations in former professional football players, suggesting that t-tau could be a candidate screening biomarker for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

April 25, 2017

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A subset of patients experiencing cognitive problems following traumatic brain injury (TBI) show evidence of diminished dopaminergic activity, suggesting that dopamine-enhancing therapies such as those used in Parkinson’s disease might be useful.

October 10, 2016

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Recent attention to long-term brain damage linked to multiple concussions among professional football players has prompted a much closer look at how children and adolescents who participate in sports can be protected from similar consequences.

September 13, 2016

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Collaborative care, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), was linked with decreased reporting of post-concussive symptoms as well as fewer depressive symptoms among adolescents with persistent symptoms of concussion, a small randomized trial found. Six months following treatment, a significantly smaller portion of the group that received collaborative care reported having post-concussive...

August 26, 2016

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Military personnel who sustain one or more TBIs — the signature injury in military personnel deployed for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan — develop chronic neurological and psychological symptoms that can significantly impact their health and well-being.

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