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By On January 23rd, 2018

Repetitive hits, not concussions, cause CTE

A newly released study by researchers at Boston University linked repetitive hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of CTE. The study found the link between head impact and TBI, independent of concussion. For the research team, the findings explained why approximately 20% of athletes with CTE were never diagnosed with a concussion.

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By On December 13th, 2017

Bostonian of the Year: Ann McKee CTE Researcher

Recently McKee’s published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that of 202 brains of former football players, 177 had CTE. Dr. McKee also served as the pathologist for the study of Aaron Hernandez’s brain. Hernandez, the former Patriot, was a convicted murderer serving a life sentence for killing his friend. Hernandez ended his life six months into his sentence. The autopsy revealed that Hernandez had advanced CTE.

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By On October 30th, 2017

Boston Patriots Near Forgotten Heroes Live with CTE

The 1960’s and 1970’s football heroes are now old and aging. Some have passed away and a few have taken their own lives. Football in the 1960’s and 70’s allowed players to return to the game with concussions due to the lack of awareness of the long-term effects of multiple concussive injuries. It’s time that we take a look at these players and see how they’ve fared as they age.

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By On October 18th, 2017

Can research develop early detection of CTE?

Over 700 mixed martial arts fighters and boxers have enrolled in a study at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Revo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas over the last six years. The study involves both active and retired fighters and is looking for the early signs of trauma-induced brain injury based on subtle changes in blood chemistry, brain imaging and performance testing.

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By On October 12th, 2017

NRI at the Zarrow Mental Health Symposium

This year’s Zarrow Symposium, organized by the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, garnered national news for its powerful themes of diversity and inclusion. Among notable speakers like Dr. Cornell West, our own CEO Dr. Rolf Gainer presented his talk “Resilience After Brain Injury Disability (pdf).” Shortly after that presentation, Dr. Gainer and Jason Pirtle, the…

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By On September 11th, 2017

“Bolloxed” says McGregor, Concussion likely per Referee

Conor McGregor called his wobbly legs and dazed look “bolloxed”, but Referee Robert Boyd identified McGregor as unable to continue the fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. due to what may have been the signs of concussion. A veteran ringside physician, Darragh O’Carroll, MD,  confirmed that the signs of concussion observed by the referee were consistent…

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By On July 25th, 2017

110 NFL Brains with CTE

The results of a study by Dr. Ann McKee into the brains of deceased NFL football players was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. McKee studied the brains of 202 deceased football players of which 111 played in the NFL and 110 showed signs of CTE.

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By On June 27th, 2017

Throwing Darts at ECT

Take a look at the familiar names that appear in Wikipedia’s “List of people who have undergone electroconvulsive therapy [ECT]” and you’ll see names of people you probably recognize: Carrie Fisher, Lou Reed, Judy Garland. As a reader, I honed in on two names in particular: Ernest Hemingway and David Foster Wallace. Both men are…

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By On June 19th, 2017

Grieving Without End

As we think about brain injury it is important to consider that the injury not only affects the person, but those around them. The Loss of Self which the person experiences and the Ambiguous Loss felt by their loved ones are aspects of brain injury which need to be addressed during the rehabilitation process and, in many cases, long after rehabilitation is over.

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