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By On November 28th, 2016

MRI Scans Find Brain Changes In Football Players After Just One Season

New findings presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) indicate high school football players may develop brain abnormalities related to repeated head impacts after just a single season. Using advanced MRI scans, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas were able to detect abnormalities in brain…

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By On November 10th, 2016

November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month, and, in honor of that, our Brookhaven’s November Seminar was, “Living with a diagnosis: different perspectives for care partners and persons diagnosed.” It was one of the best I have attended in the year I have been part of the Brookhaven family. Nancy…

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By On October 17th, 2016

What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

If you’ve heard about the “concussion crisis” in the NFL or the long-term risks of traumatic brain injury, you’ve likely heard of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It is the boogeyman that has been linked to high-profile suicides like Junior Seau and was highlighted in the film “Concussion.” But, what actually is CTE? Despite being in…

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By On October 4th, 2016

CDC Tackles Youth Concussions

Football is beloved by many throughout the U.S. The affinity for it in certain states, though, such as Oklahoma, goes well beyond fondness. Similar to someone deeply in love, the flaws of the sport are glossed over, unrecognized, while the positives (teamwork, athleticism, excitement and entertainment value) are exalted. It seems that for those who…

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By On August 23rd, 2016

FDA Approves Testing to Assist in Brain Injury Determination

The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) under their guidelines as a “device.” This test is intended to be utilized as part of a larger medical evaluation to diagnose brain injury or concussion. It’s hard to believe that football season is once again upon…

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By On July 14th, 2016

NRI at Brookhaven Hospital Awarded Three Year Accreditation by CARF

The Board of Directors, our management team and staff members of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital (NRI) are proud to announce that our Brain Injury Inpatient and Residential Rehabilitation programs have been awarded a three year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This three year accreditation represents the highest…

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By On July 8th, 2016

Signs of Concussion Linger In The Brain For Months

Most concussions seem to last just a few days or weeks before symptoms are absent. However, recent research has suggested symptoms may disappear before the brain is fully healed. While symptoms may be gone, the brain may still be vulnerable and healing. The latest research to support this idea is being presented at the Sports…

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By On June 27th, 2016

CTE confirmed in college athlete’s death by suicide

We previously wrote a blog about Kosta Karageorge right after his tragic death in 2014. Karageorge was an Ohio State football player and former wrestler whose life ended with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After sending a few texts to his girlfriend, then his mother, Karageorge, climbed into a dumpster in an alley near his apartment, and…

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By On June 2nd, 2016

Late BMX Star Dave Mirra Diagnosed With CTE Following Autopsy

A Toronto-based neuropathologist recently confirmed that an autopsy of BMX star Dave Mirra’s brain found signs of the neurodegenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a report from USA TODAY sports. In February, Mirra committed suicide at the age of 41 in a way eerily similar to that of NFL stars with CTE like…

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