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Girls' Sports-Related Concussions May Last Twice As Long

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Sports concussion symptoms linger twice as long in teen girls as in boys, a new study finds. "These findings confirm what many in sports medicine have believed for some time," said lead researcher Dr. John Neidecker, a sports concussion specialist in Raleigh, N.C. Previous research has suggested that concussions may exacerbate underlying conditions that are more prevalent in girls – migraine headaches, depression, anxiety and stress. This may explain the extended recovery period, Neidecker and his colleagues said. The study findings were published Oct. 2 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The results highlight "the need to take a whole person approach to managing concussions, looking beyond the injury to understand the mental and emotional impacts on recovery when symptoms persist," Neidecker said. Doctors should get a full patient history ... Read more

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20 Percent of U.S. Teens May Have Had a Concussion

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – As many as one in five U.S. teens may have suffered a concussion, and contact sports might often be the cause. That's the conclusion of new research that included more than 13,000 teens. It also found that nearly 6 percent of teens reported having more than one concussion. These findings show that the number of middle school and high school students who will suffer a concussion in their lifetime is greater than thought, said lead researcher Phil Veliz. "The prevalence of concussions may be much higher than what is reported from emergency room data," said Veliz, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan. "Participation in contact sports shows a strong association with reporting a diagnosed concussion," he added. These findings suggest a greater need for prevention efforts in schools and communities, "particularly with respect to ... Read more

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Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Girls who play soccer try to tough it out after a concussion more often than their male peers do, researchers warn. In fact, they were five times more likely than boys to return to the field on the same day, putting them at increased risk for injury, the small study found. The researchers looked at 87 soccer players from Texas, average age 14, who sustained a concussion during play and were treated at a pediatric sports medicine clinic. Two-thirds of the injured players were girls. Nearly 52 percent of girls returned to playing in a game or practice on the same day as their concussion, compared with just 17 percent of boys. The study was presented this weekend at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "The girl soccer players were ... Read more

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Youth Football Ups Odds of Brain Problems in Adulthood

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who start playing tackle football before age 12 have a higher risk of mental and behavioral problems in adulthood than their counterparts who began playing at older ages, a new study suggests. Researchers say playing tackle football at a younger age boosted the odds of later problems with behavioral control, apathy, thinking and decision-making by twofold compared to other players. They also said the risk of clinical depression rose by threefold in these players compared to their counterparts who started playing at older ages. "These findings were independent of the total number of seasons the participants played football or at what level they played, such as high school, college or professional," said study lead author Michael Alosco, a post-graduate fellow at Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. However, these findings ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of a Concussion

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A concussion is a brain injury resulting from an abrupt hit to the head. It causes the head and brain to move back and forth quickly, resulting in a chemical change in the brain. It may be difficult to determine if someone has suffered a concussion. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says key symptoms of concussion include: Convulsions or seizures Drowsiness or inability to wake up A headache that gets worse and does not go away Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination Repeated vomiting or nausea Confusion Slurred speech Loss of consciousness Read more

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Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Bicyclist deaths on U.S. roadways are up significantly, and men – not kids – are commonly the victims, a new report finds. Biking deaths rose 12 percent in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. This jump was the largest among any group that uses roadways. Historically, most fatal bicycle crashes involved children and teens. Now, 85 percent of bicyclists killed on the road are men, the report said. And of the 818 bicyclists killed in 2015, the average age was 45. "We need to ensure that bicyclists and motorists can share roads safely," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, which funded the report. "Unfortunately, bicyclists are vulnerable and much more susceptible to serious injury or death when on the roads with vehicles," Mullen said in an association news ... Read more

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Confederate Submarine Crew Killed by Blast From Their Own Torpedo

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – For more than 150 years, how eight crew members of a Confederate submarine dubbed the H.L. Hunley died during an attack on a Union warship has remained a mystery. Until now. Using a six-foot replica of the submarine to analyze the effect of underwater explosions, researchers report in a new study that the men fell victim to a shockwave from the torpedo the Hunley sent into the warship's hull. In 1864, performing what would be its first and last mission, the Hunley sunk outside the Charleston harbor in South Carolina after first sinking the USS Housatonic. Five crew members of the Housatonic perished, with the rest able to escape via lifeboats. After raising the Hunley from the water's depths in 2000, scientists discovered the skeletons of eight crew members. What they couldn't determine was exactly what killed them. None of the crew suffered broken bones, and ... Read more

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Study Tests Sound Waves to Monitor Pressure Inside the Skull

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – A noninvasive method of monitoring pressure inside the skull – using sound waves – shows promise, researchers report. Brain disease or a head injury can cause brain tissue to swell, as well as an increase in the volume of fluid that surrounds and protects the brain. This can cause pressure within the skull to rise, and serious complications and even death can result. Continuous monitoring lets doctors know if and when they must take steps to lower the pressure. Currently, to monitor intracranial pressure, a hole is drilled into the skull and sensor-equipped catheters are inserted. This procedure carries risks such as bleeding, infection and damage to brain tissue, but no noninvasive ways to monitor pressure are available, the study authors said. German researchers tested an experimental noninvasive method on 14 patients and got encouraging results, according ... Read more

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Combined MRI Might Help Predict Brain Damage in Boxers

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Brain injuries among pro football players are in the headlines, but pro fighters often suffer damaging head injuries, too. Now, research with boxers and mixed martial arts professionals suggests that combination MRI technology can help pinpoint which injuries might lead to brain damage. In the boxing ring, as on the football field, recurring blows to the head can cause mild traumatic brain injury. Over time, this can lead to progressive brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and create problems with mood and movement. A study published this week found that 110 of 111 brains of deceased National Football League players whose brains were autopsied showed signs of CTE. Currently, the disease can only be diagnosed with an autopsy, but scientists are seeking to improve detection. Previous studies have focused on the brain cells in gray matter ... Read more

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Know the Signs of Concussion

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Concussions have been in the news a lot because of health problems experienced by football players, but you don't have to be a professional athlete to suffer this injury. Youngsters are at risk, even if they don't play contact sports. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury – or mTBI – caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to shake, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Since it doesn't take a visible head-on collision to get a concussion, it's important to know the signs of injury. Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, balance and vision issues, sensitivity to light or sound, sleep troubles, difficulty thinking, and even emotional issues. Crying for no reason can be a sign as well. Symptoms including a seizure, weakness in the limbs, slurred speech and confusion necessitate a call to 911. Symptoms ... Read more

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Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side

Posted 30 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 29, 2017 – A trampoline may have your kids jumping for joy, but the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reminds parents of potential dangers. In 2015, more than 295,000 medically treated trampoline injuries occurred in the United States. These included almost 103,000 emergency department visits, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "We want children to enjoy exercise and physical activity, especially during the summer months, but parents and caregivers should know about the dangers of trampolines and the risk for serious injury, especially in very young children," academy spokeswoman Dr. Jennifer Weiss said in a news release from the surgeons' group. "Children younger than age 6 are less likely to have the coordination, body awareness and swift reaction time necessary to keep their bodies, bones and brains safe on trampolines," said Weiss, a Los ... Read more

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Nearly All Autopsied NFL Players Show Trauma-Linked Brain Disease

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Ninety-nine percent of former NFL players who donated their brain to science turned out to have the devastating disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a new report. Researchers found evidence of the degenerative brain disease in 110 out of 111 deceased National Football League players, said study co-author Dr. Daniel Daneshvar. He is a researcher with the Boston University School of Medicine's CTE Center. "A remarkable proportion of the athletes who played at the highest level develop neurodegenerative disease," Daneshvar said. "This is incredibly concerning, because of the sheer numbers" of men who have ever played the game professionally. Evidence of CTE also was found in 91 percent of brains donated by college football players, 88 percent of those from Canadian Football League players, and 21 percent of brains donated by high school ... Read more

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Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says. "Early detection of consciousness and brain function in the intensive care unit could allow families to make more informed decisions about the care of loved ones," said study co-lead author Dr. Brian Edlow. He's with Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery. "Also, since early recovery of consciousness is associated with better long-term outcomes, these tests could help patients gain access to rehabilitative care once they are discharged from an ICU," Edlow said in a hospital news release. The study included 16 severe brain injury patients in the ICU. The researchers concluded that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) may reveal ... Read more

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Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common? Do those sports lead to any long-term brain damage? Possibly, suggests a new study that found boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have higher levels of certain brain proteins that reflect brain injury compared to retired fighters and non-fighters. The research is preliminary, but if it bears out, the analysis might be a way to predict which fighters are at the greatest risk of long-term complications, said study author Dr. Charles Bernick. He's the associate director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. "We can identify proteins in the blood that may reflect ongoing brain injury," he said. In the study, ... Read more

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PTSD After Head Injury May Signal Brain Changes

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Scientists report they have discovered biological differences in the brains of head injury patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, the area of the brain that controls emotion – the amygdala – is larger than normal in those who develop PTSD after a brain injury, researchers said. "Many consider PTSD to be a psychological disorder, but our study found a key physical difference in the brains of military-trained individuals with brain injury and PTSD," said Dr. Joel Pieper, from the University of California, San Diego. "These findings have the potential to change the way we approach PTSD diagnosis and treatment," Pieper added. The study included 89 current or former members of the U.S. military with mild traumatic brain injury. Brain scans revealed that the amygdala was 6 percent larger, particularly on the right side, in the 29 ... Read more

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