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Women More Likely to Develop Depression After a Concussion/TBI Than Men, New Study Finds

Women are significantly more likely develop depression following a traumatic brain injury than men, according to new research.

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Retired Rugby Players Face Risks for Dementia, CTE

Alix Popham played in two rugby World Cups and won a Six Nations Grand Slam before retiring in 2011 as a professional in the rough-and-tumble game.

By 2020, he had already been diagnosed with early onset dementia and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disabling brain dis...

Could Contact Sports Raise Risks for a Parkinson's-like Disorder?

Autopsies of deceased boxers and pro football players have long confirmed that repeat head injuries can lead to a devastating brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Now, research supports the notion that contact sports can also raise the odds for a Parkinson's-like disease, called parkinsonism, in athletes already affected by CTE.

In the new study, "subject...

Study Casts Doubt on Standard Test for Athletes' Concussion

A test used to gauge whether a college athlete has suffered a concussion is right only half the time and may be useless, new research finds.

The test used by the NCAA, which oversees college sports, measures an athlete's cognitive skills, and is one of three tests (symptoms and balance tests being the other two) that doctors use to identify concussion.

"If you don't do well on the ...

Short Commercial Space Flights May Not Have Big Impact on Health

The first all-civilian space mission is shedding light on the potential health risks facing private astronauts.

The takeaway: Short-duration spaceflights appear to pose none that are significant.

The study sample was small -- four people who spent three days in low-earth orbit (LEO) on the 2021 Inspiration4 mission. 

But it lays the groundwork for an open biomedical datab...

1 in 8 Older Americans Are Stricken With Traumatic Head Injury

About one in eight U.S. seniors will be treated for a traumatic brain injury, typically during a fall, a new study finds.

Medicare data shows that about 13% of seniors suffered a severe concussion during an average follow-up period of 18 years, researchers report.

Although these injuries...

Light Therapy Might Help Heal Injured Brains

Near-infrared light pulsing into a person's skull appears to boost healing in patients with a severe concussion, a new study finds.

Patients who wore a helmet emitting near-infrared light displayed a greater change in connectivity between seven...

Repeat Blasts Can Damage Soldiers' Brains, Study Confirms

Soldiers can suffer brain injury if they are repeatedly exposed to explosive blasts, a new study shows.

Further, the more frequently a soldier is exposed to explosions, the greater their risk for brain injury, researchers reported April 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Based on this, researchers intend to develop a diagnostic test to detect blast b...

FDA Clears 15-Minute Bedside Test to Gauge Soldiers' Brain Injury

When a soldier is rushed to medical care following a blast or other injury to the head, time is crucial in deciding just how extensive that injury is.

Now, the U.S. Army has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a bedside whole blood test that can answer that question in about 15 minutes.

Prior tests relied on blood plasma or serum, and that meant sending ...

Could War Zone Blasts Raise Veterans' Odds for Alzheimer's?

Combat veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries due to explosive blasts may have markers in their spinal fluid similar to those of Alzheimer's disease, new research finds.

"Previous research has shown that moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease," said senior study author

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  • Kids Battling Mental Health Issues Have Tougher Time Recovering From Concussion

    Kids struggling with mental health problems have a tougher time recovering from a concussion, a new study finds.

    These troubled kids tend to have more emotional symptoms after concussion and take longer to fully recover, results show.

    In ...

    Embryo Technology Might Lead to Children With Genes From Two Men

    New technology might soon allow men in same-sex relationships to have a child genetically related to both dads, researchers say.

    The technology uses skin cells from one person to alter the genetics of a donated egg, researchers reported March 8 in the journal Science Advances.

    That egg can then be fertilized b...

    Analysis Showed Maine Mass Shooter Had Blast-Related Brain Damage

    The perpetrator of a mass shooting in Maine last fall had extensive brain damage from "thousands of low-level blasts" tied to his work at an Army Reserve hand grenade training range, a new report shows.

    On Oct. 25, Robert Card, 40, killed 18 and injured another 13 in a deadly rampage in the town of Lewiston after opening fire in a bowling alley and then a restaurant.

    After a two-da...

    Iron Gathers in Brain After Concussions

    Folks who've suffered a concussion and then develop headaches show iron accumulation in their brains, new research discovers.

    Excess brain iron stores are a hallmark of damage, noted a team led by Simona Nikolova, of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The team is slated to present the results in April at the an...

    Which Activities Help Kids Recover From Concussion?

    A mental workout can speed teens' recovery from a concussion, especially if it takes place in the classroom.

    New research shows that returning to school early after a concussion and limiting screen time help symptoms resolve sooner.

    "Children and teens should be encouraged to get back to their routines and take part in activities like clubs, jobs and homework after experiencing conc...

    Sports Concussion Recovery Time Similar for Men, Women

    It's long been thought that it takes more time for a woman to recover from a concussion than a man.

    But a new national study of U.S. college athletes refutes that notion, finding that women and men recover from sports-related head injuries at about the same pace.

    Recovery patterns for both genders were similar on tests of brain function, concussion symptoms, mental health, and balan...

    Head Trauma Can Spur 'Spatial Neglect' Similar to a Stroke

    Stroke patients often suffer from "spatial neglect" -- an inability to see things on the side of the body opposite to where the brain injury occurred.

    Now, new research suggests that spatial neglect can also affect folks who've had a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    The study makes clear that screening for spatial neglect "is warranted in TBI rehabilitation as well as in stroke rehabil...

    Former Pro Football Players Show Troubling Brain Changes

    Head injuries related to football might be tied to markers of dementia like brain shrinkage and decreased blood flow to the brain, a new study of former pro and college players reports.

    The study looked at signs of injury to the brain's white matter, called white matter hyperintensities.

    These are caused by red...

    Tennis Ball Impacts Can Also Cause Concussions

    Games like football, soccer and rugby come to mind when thinking about sports-related concussions.

    But a smashing tennis shot could cause a traumatic brain injury if the ball whacks a player's head, a new study argues.

    Concussions can happen if a tennis ball traveling faster than 89 miles per hour hits someone on the head, researchers report.

    The average serve speed in profess...

    Head Injury Left Her Memory-Impaired. A New Brain Implant Has Brought Memory Back

    Gina Arata had a bright future, wrapping up college and preparing for law school, when a 2001 car wreck left her with lasting brain damage.

    After her recovery, Arata wound up taking a job sorting mail, but struggled even in that.

    "I couldn't remember anything,"said Arata, who lives in Modesto with her parents. "My left foot dropped, so I'd trip over things all the time. I was always...

    Persistent Inflammation Could Drive Brain Issues in Former Football Players

    The repeat head injuries suffered by football players, boxers and other athletes appear to affect brain health long after players have given up their sport.

    New research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore could explain why: The persistence in the brain of inflammation tied to the original injury or injuries.

    "The findings show that participating in repeated collision sports ...

    Soccer 'Heading' Tied to Declines in Brain Function

    Evidence that soccer heading -- where players use their heads to strike a ball -- is dangerous continues to mount.

    Research to be presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago on Tuesday points to a measurable decline in brain structure and function as a result of the practice.

    "There is enormous worldwide concern for brain injury in general...

    Too Few Seniors Get Follow-up Care After a Serious Fall

    Four of every 10 American seniors who suffer a fall and end up in the ER with head trauma get no follow-up care once they go home, a new study finds.

    "Only 59 percent of our study subjects had follow-up with their [health care] provider," study senior author Dr. Richard Shih said. He's professor of emergency medicine at Fl...

    Teens With Multiple Concussions Face Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

    A year after suffering a concussion, teens, especially boys, are more likely than their peers to think about, plan and even attempt suicide, new research finds.

    With more concussions, the risk grows.

    Teen boys who reported two or more concussions in the past year were two times more likely to report a suicide attempt than those who had one concussion. Girls' odds for suicidal behavi...

    Steroid Use Could Raise Teen Athletes' Odds for Concussion

    Use of steroids among high school athletes is a continuing problem, and now new research finds these youths are also more likely to suffer a concussion while they play.

    The study was published Oct. 20 in the Journal of Osteopathic ...

    Women Face Higher Odds of Depression After Head Injury Than Men

    Women are more likely to develop depression after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new study shows.

    The analysis of nine published studies included nearly 700,000 people and found that the risk for depression among women after a TBI was nearly 50% higher than it is for men.

    "Depression is a known risk factor for poor recovery after TBI," said lead researcher

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  • Could Living Football Players Be Overdiagnosed for CTE?

    Former pro football players with symptoms of depression or anxiety are far more likely to receive an unverifiable diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) than players without those mental health conditions, a new study reports.

    Players with depression are 9.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with CTE, while players with both depression and anxiety are 12 times more likely, th...

    Brain Trauma Could Help Trigger Heart Troubles

    While the neurological impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has long been studied, new research suggests TBIs are also hard on the heart.

    The research team took a closer look at connections between the two organs, finding that nervous system dysfunction, neuro-inflammation, changes in the brain-gut connection and post-injury health issues may increase risk of both cardiovascular and ...

    Even a Mild Head Injury Raises the Odds for Stroke

    Any head injury -- even a mild one -- raises a person's risk of later having an ischemic stroke.

    Having multiple injuries increases that risk, even more so than the severity of a single traumatic brain injury (TBI), researchers report.

    "Our study found that those who experience two or more head injuries, including even mild head injuries, are at higher risk of subsequent ischemic s...

    In Twins Study, Concussions in Early Life Tied to Memory Issues Decades Later

    Your thinking and memory skills may take a hit decades after recovering from a concussion, a new study indicates.

    Scientists who studied male twins, from an average age of 67, found that earlier concussions were tied to lower scores on tests of thinking and memory. These men also had a more rapid decline in their cognitive skills -- skills needed for reasoning and the acquisition of...

    Mitch McConnell's Recent Episodes Weren't Strokes or Seizures, Capitol Doc Says

    The two "freezing" episodes that Sen. Mitch McConnell experienced recently weren't strokes or seizures, the Capitol physician said in a new letter released Tuesday.

    "My examination of you following your August 30, 2023, brief episode included several medical evaluations: brain MRI imaging, EEG study and consultations w...

    Sen. Mitch McConnell Cleared for Work After Another 'Freeze' During Media Briefing

    After Sen. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell froze for the second time during a Wednesday briefing in Kentucky, Congress' attending physician has cleared him to continue working.

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  • September 1, 2023
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  • Autopsy Study of Athletes Who Died Young Shows Many Had Signs of CTE

    The degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may be striking some at much younger ages than thought possible: New research has uncovered early signs of the condition in amateur athletes who died young after playing contact sports.

    The troubling finding was discovered during the brain autopsies of 152 athletes. All had engaged in the type of sports, such a...

    Suicides Among U.S. Veterans Jumped 10-Fold in Decades After 9/11

    Suicide has become an urgent issue among American military veterans, with rates increasing by more than 10 times in nearly two decades, a new study reveals.

    "Suicide rates for post-9/11 veterans have steadily increased over the last 15 years and at a much faster pace than the total U.S. population, and post-9/11 veterans with TBI [traumatic brain injuries] have a significantly higher suic...

    Playing Football Might Raise Parkinson's Risk

    The link between pro football and the risk for a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is well known, and now a new study suggests that football may also up the risk for Parkinson's disease, even among past high school and college players.

    "Parkinson's disease has been commonly reported in boxers, but we have not explored this link in great detail in foot...

    Concussions Won't Lower Your Kid's IQ: Study

    If your child has ever taken a knock to the head on the playing field, a new study has some reassuring news: There's no evidence that a concussion shaves points from a kid's IQ.

    Researchers found that compared with children and teens who'd suffered broken bones or sprained ankles, those with a recent concussion did just as well on IQ tests up to three months after the head injury.


    Depression That Hits After Brain Injury May Be Distinct Disease

    Depression that arises after a head injury may be its own distinct condition -- one that differs from traditional major depressive disorder, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that people with post-concussion depression showed a unique pattern of activity in the brain circuitry involved in depression. This "picture" was different from depression unrelated to a head injury, and differ...

    Australian Footballer Is First Female Athlete to Receive Diagnosis of CTE

    Heather Anderson, a star Australian rules football player who died last November, is the first female professional athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

    "She is the first female athlete diagnosed with CTE, but she will not be the last," researchers wrote in a paper published Friday. Anderson was 28 when she died from what was believed to be suicide.

    New Ways to Spot Risk for CTE in Boxers, MMA Fighters

    Autopsy is currently the only way to definitively diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease often seen in athletes who've suffered repeated blows to the head.

    But there may be a way to predict which athletes are likely to develop CTE, researchers report June 28 in the journal Neurology.

    They outline criteria for a condition called traumat...

    Obesity Could Slow Recovery From a Head Injury

    Obesity is a known contributor to a host of health risks ranging from diabetes to cancer, but new research suggests it may also delay recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury.

    Why? The systemic inflammation that being obese can cause in the body may be a driving factor, according to researchers.

    "This is a very understudied population related to obesity impacting outcomes,"said l...

    Which Football Players Face Highest Odds for Brain Disorder CTE? New Findings May Tell

    The number and strength of head impacts, not concussions, cause degenerative brain injuries to football players, a new study suggests.

    That's what appears to drive the growing number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers say.

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). I...

    Head Injury Outcomes Could Take Years to Unfold

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have long-term effects, much like a chronic condition, a new study says.

    Looking at hundreds of patients, researchers found that problems related to traumatic brain injuries can last for years, with people improving and declining at different time points. These problems encompassed memory, thinking and everyday functioning.

    "TBI is essentially a ...

    Women's Gymnastics Brings High Risk for Concussion

    Gymnasts make it look easy, but mastering those floor exercises and balance beam moves can take a toll on the brain.

    Researchers studying preseason and regular season concussion rates in college sports found that women's gymnastics led all others for its concussion rate in the preseason. The rate was 50% higher even than that for college football players.

    Unlike soccer and football,...

    With Training, Soccer Headers Might Be Safe for Teen Players

    Limited "heading" of a soccer ball in youth sports may not cause irreversible harm, as long as players are properly trained, a new study finds.

    This study from concussion researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) looked at the consequences of repeated head impacts shortly after the impact. They did this using six different tests.

    They found that having a small ...

    New 'National Sports Brain Bank' Will Boost Head Injury Research

    A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.

    The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and...

    Concussion's Effect on Brain Can Last 6 Months or More

    A significant number of patients take far longer to recover from a concussion than expected, and they may not be getting the care they need, according to a new study.

    Researchers from the United Kingdom who studied concussion patients found that almost half had changes in how regions of the brain communicate with each other. This may cause long-term symptoms, including fatigue, and impair...

    Sen. Mitch McConnell Leaves Rehab, Heads Home After Concussion

    Sen. Mitch McConnell is back home more than two weeks after he fell at a private dinner and was hospitalized with a concussion and broken rib.

    The Senate Minority Leader spent five days in the hospital and the remainder of the 2-1/2 weeks following his fall in inpatient physical therapy.

    "I'm in frequent touch with my Senate colleagues and my staff,"McConnell said in a

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  • Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer Players

    It's well-established that American football players can suffer significant brain impacts as they age.

    Now, new research shows that elite European soccer players are also more likely than the average person to develop dementia.

    Men in the Swedish top soccer division between 1924 and 2019 were 1.5 times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease than those in a control group.

    Falls Can Be More Dangerous for Older Men Than for Women

    While older women are treated for falls more often than elderly males, men are more likely to sustain skull fractures when they topple over, new research suggests.

    This is a serious concern because more than 3 million people aged 65 and older are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for falls.

    "The high incidence of head injury and subsequent skull fractures due to falls...

    Breathing Exercises Might Speed Concussion Recovery in Teens

    Combining breathing exercises with gradual aerobic activity may benefit teens who are recovering slowly from a concussion.

    New research found that while the two therapies each offer benefits, together they led to even greater improvement in thinking and memory skills, depression and mood.

    The findings are scheduled for presentation in Boston and online at the meeting of the American...

    In Autopsy Study, Over 90% of Former NFL Players Showed Signs of Brain Disease CTE

    Many football fans fondly remember Rick Arrington as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback from 1970 to 1973, but his daughter's memories are tainted by years spent watching her dad suffer from late-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

    A degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, CTE causes depression, suic...

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