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Even Mild Concussion Tied to Greater Dementia Risk Later

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Concussions, even those that are mild, more than double the risk for developing dementia down the road, new research suggests. The findings stem from an analysis that tracked concussions and dementia risk among nearly 360,000 military veterans. Study author Deborah Barnes noted that many of the younger vets in the study had experienced concussions while in combat, often in ...

Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 36 years of data from 2.8 million people and found that those who sustained TBIs were 24 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementias than those with no history of TBI. But the study did not prove ...

Kids With Severe Brain Injuries May Develop ADHD: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – Young children who sustain a severe head injury may struggle with attention problems as they grow older, researchers say. A new study reports that kids who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury around ages 3 to 7 are three and a half times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by the time they enter middle school. "Those kids had a risk of ...

Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted 9 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Traumatic brain injury, most often a concussion, is caused by a sharp and sudden blow to the head. It may be stem from a car accident, football tackle or an unfortunate fall. If you suspect a TBI, you should seek immediate medical attention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A doctor may conduct a neurological exam to evaluate thinking, movement, sensory function, coordination and ...

Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, than the general public. The other study found ...

First Blood Test to Evaluate Potential Concussions Approved

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – The first blood test designed to help doctors evaluate whether a suspected brain injury is a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Traditional concussion evaluation includes a CT scan of the head to detect any brain tissue damage. But many people who have such a scan do not have brain lesions that are detectable, the FDA said Wednesday ...

Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too. Some very well might be, new research suggests. About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials. The findings are part of a report on children's head ...

Do NFL Players Face a Higher Risk of Early Death?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots playing in Sunday's Super Bowl may have already taken a hidden hit before setting foot on the field, a new study suggests. The new research says career NFL players have a slightly higher risk of early death than a group of replacement players who stood in for a few games during a short league strike in the 1980s. The ...

Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain – such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident – is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But the new research finds that, although the risk decreases over time, it still continues for many ...

Former NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – A group of former National Football League greats – including Hall of Famers Harry Carson of the New York Giants and Nick Buoniconti of the Miami Dolphins – is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they're at least 14 years old. The group is instead endorsing a program called "Flag Football Under 14," launched by the Concussion Legacy ...

Concussion May Not Be Needed to Bring on CTE Brain Disease

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research. The findings could lead to early detection and improved treatment and prevention of CTE, the researchers suggest. More than 100 National Football League players have been posthumously identified as having CTE. They ...

High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – The link between concussions and brain injury might be a hot topic in the NFL, but at the high school level? Apparently not so much. Overall, only about a third of high school athletes, their coaches and parents know that a concussion is a brain injury, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The athletes themselves were the most likely to know that fact, ...

Helmets Too Rarely Used in Baseball and Softball

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Despite a significant risk of head injuries in baseball and softball, helmet use in those sports is low, a new review says. "Our review demonstrates that traumatic brain injury in baseball and softball affects players of all levels and all positions," said study lead author Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Although the risk for ...

Hockey Study Suggests Injured Kids Sent Back on the Ice Too Soon

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – After-effects of a concussion continue to wrack the brains of young hockey players long after they appear ready to return to play, new research finds. MRI scans of concussed teen hockey players revealed brain changes persist for at least three months – weeks after other symptoms resolve and skaters are cleared to hit the ice, a Canadian research team found. Scores on ...

State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working. Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect young athletes against traumatic brain injury (TBI). Washington state was the first in 2009. Most of the laws require athletes with suspected concussions to stop playing until a doctor ...

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