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By On March 26th, 2019

Distinct “fold” may help tell CTE from Alzheimer’s disease in living people

One of the biggest hurdles in identifying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living people has always been distinguishing the condition from Alzheimer’s disease. Both conditions are characterized by large numbers of tangled tau proteins or plaques which are seemingly indistinguishable between CTE and Alzheimer’s. However, a new breakthrough may have uncovered a subtle difference which…

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By On March 21st, 2019

Concussions may leave military members at increased risk for physical injury

New research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that concussions in veterans can cause neuromuscular changes which could leave military personnel at risk for physical injuries after a brain injury. “Similar to findings of research in athletes, neuromuscular differences are detectable in military personnel following concussion compared to those with no concussion history,” Shawn R.…

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By On March 19th, 2019

CDC report says contact sports are the leading cause of concussions in teens

Nearly 2 million American children and teenagers were treated for traumatic brain injuries and concussions in emergency rooms between 2010 and 2016, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. That averages to 283,000 every year. Sports and recreational activities were the leading causes for childhood brain injuries, with football, bicycling,…

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By On March 14th, 2019

Cyclist Kelly Catlin’s family donates her brain to CTE research after suicide

Last week, Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin – who helped lead the U.S. women’s pursuit team to win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games – committed suicide just months after experiencing a debilitating concussion. Now, her family says they are donating her brain to the Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank…

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By On March 5th, 2019

Study of former NFL players suggests physical symptoms after concussion may predict depression

A history of repeated concussions has long been tied to an increased risk of developing depression, but a new study suggests the relationship may not be so simple. Instead, researchers from the Vanderbilt Sports Concussions Center and Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) say physical symptoms after concussions may be the key indicator of whether a…

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By On March 1st, 2019

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Every day, approximately 153 people in America die from injuries related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yearly, brain injuries account for more than 2,500,000 emergency room visits and 282,000 hospitalizations. While many will quickly recover from the most common form of TBI – frequently referred to as a concussion – millions each year experience long-term…

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