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By On March 9th, 2016

CTE claims a former college footballer

Ryan Hoffman, 41 ,a former lineman at University of North Carolina, drove his bicycle into oncoming traffic this past November and died on the way to the hospital. At 6′ 5″ and 287 pounds Ryan Hoffman was an imposing adversary on the line. Homeless for over 15 years, Mr. Hoffman drifted into the mental health…


By On January 15th, 2016

“The Great” DeKosky and Mike Webster’s Brain

In the movie “Concussion” Dr. Steven DeKosky  portrayed by actor Eddie Marsan was referred to as “The Great DeKosky”  by Dr. Ron Hamilton a Neuropathologist and colleague. DeKosky, a Behavioral Neurologist and Dementia expert was supposed to barely have time for Dr. Bennet Omalu and to look at Mike Webster’s brain. In both real life…


By On December 1st, 2015

Brain takes longer to return after concussion

A report of athletes who sustained a concussion showed a significant drop in cerebral blood flow more than a week after their injury while athletes who didn’t have a concussion showed no changes in a comparison of MRI results as reported by Mike McCrea, PhD and his colleagues at the Radiological Society of North America…


By On August 6th, 2015

What happened to our two brains?

In the 1960’s and 1970’s neuroscientists spoke  of our “two brains” and traits, skills and even aspects of personality were assigned to a person being either “Right brained” or “Left brained”; creative or logical-art or science. Are we a Dr. Spock or a Leonardo DaVinci? Since then we have learned more about shared functions and…


By On July 27th, 2015

Junior Seau’s Family Not to Speak at Hall of Fame Induction

Junior Seau is being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his family has been prohibited from speaking at his induction. As football fans know, Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 by shooting himself in the chest to preserve his brain much like Dave Duerson, another football player who struggled with the aftermath of…


By On July 22nd, 2015

“Brain buckets” may not stop football concussions

Football helmets may not be able to stop concussions from happening due to the cause of football concussions being caused by a sudden rotation of the skull and brain. Research at Stanford University conducted by David Camarillo, an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has produced results which indicate that current helmet testing techniques and equipment are…


By On July 17th, 2015

Monoclonal antibodies may prevent CTE

Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD and his research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical school have connected the development of CTE with high levels of cis P-tau, a protein associated with the plaques seen in CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The build-up is seen as early as 12 hours to 2 months…

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