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Body Temperature Might Give Clues to Coma

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Adjusting the so-called body clock might help severely brain-injured patients regain consciousness from a coma, researchers say. The preliminary study included 18 people with severe brain injuries. Their body temperature was continually monitored for one week, which enabled researchers to calculate the length of each patient's circadian rhythm – the natural cycles that tell you when to sleep, wake or eat. The researchers found circadian rhythms ranged from 23.5 to 26.3 hours among the study patients. The investigators also evaluated the patients' levels of consciousness by measuring things such as response to sound, and ability to open eyes with or without stimulation. Body temperature fluctuates throughout the day based on environmental cues, including daylight and darkness, the study authors explained. The researchers found that patients with a higher ... Read more

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Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – They may look like tons of fun, but all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are actually tons of trouble for kids. And efforts to reduce ATV-related injuries among children in the United States haven't had much impact, a new study said. "The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes," said study lead author Dr. Thomas Pranikoff. He is a professor of pediatric surgical sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Children are also at greater risk for ATV-related injuries than adults. Yet the major risk factors for young riders are entirely preventable, the study authors said. The most recent year of data available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was 2013. That data revealed almost 100,000 ATV-related injuries nationwide requiring treatment in ... Read more

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'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in Kids

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A concussion prevention program that teaches young football players safer ways to block and tackle was tied to about a one-third lower risk of head injury, according to a new study. And, in those players who did sustain a concussion, recovery was 27 percent faster for those involved in the program, the researchers found. "It is difficult to say which aspect of the program did this," said one of the study's authors, Dr. John Tokish. He's a professor of orthopaedics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. Tokish, a former football player and youth coach who's also the father of two football players himself, said the findings are encouraging. "I think the results are promising," he said. "However, they spur more questions that we are anxious to go after. It is certainly possible that further research would demonstrate different ... Read more

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Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report. That's because specializing in a single sport seems to increase a child's risk of injury, researchers say. "Young athletes should participate in one competitive sport per season, and take at least three months off (non-consecutive) from competition per year," said the study's leader, Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. He's a physician with Emory Sports Medicine and an associate professor of orthopaedics and family medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. For the study, Jayanthi's team assessed the risk of sports-related injuries among nearly 1,200 young athletes. After tracking their training schedules over the course of three years, the investigators found that nearly 40 percent of the athletes suffered an injury during the study period. The findings also showed ... Read more

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Serious Crash Often a Wake-Up Call for Teen Drivers

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – No matter how often teenagers are told to drive safely, some might not heed that advice until they are involved in a crash, new research suggests. The study included 254 teens, ages 16 and 17, who were participating in a driving study. Their cars were equipped with cameras and a device to measure acceleration, and researchers analyzed their driving habits. The investigators found that among teens who were involved in a severe collision – defined as "police-reportable" and causing major damage, airbag deployment, injury or a rollover – there was an immediate change in their driving habits. Rapid acceleration – a sign of risky driving – dropped by 34 percent, the findings showed. After about two months, instances of rapid acceleration tended to rise again, but stayed below pre-crash levels, according to the study published in a recent issue of the journal ... Read more

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Why Some Kids Take Longer to Recover From Brain Injury

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Brain scans may reveal which children will take longer to recover from a traumatic brain injury, according to a new small study. Damage to white matter in the brain – seen with brain imaging – appears to be associated with slower recovery, researchers found. "Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of disability in children, but it's very difficult to predict long-term outcome and which kids might need more aggressive treatment," said study author Emily Dennis. "While the severity of the injury certainly plays a role in this, there's still a lot of uncertainty – you frequently have two patients with similar injuries who have different recoveries," said Dennis, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The study included 21 children, aged 8 to 18. They had been hit by a car, hurt in a car crash, or had fallen from ... Read more

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Which High School Sport Has the Most Concussions?

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Female soccer players suffer the highest rate of concussions among all high school athletes in the United States, a new study finds. "While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk," said study author Dr. Wellington Hsu. He is a professor of orthopaedics at Northwestern University in Chicago. "The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends," Hsu said in a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 41,000 injuries suffered by high school athletes in nine sports between 2005 and 2015. The injuries included nearly 6,400 concussions. The sports studied included ... Read more

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Concussions More Likely in Female Athletes

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Female athletes appear to be more likely than men to suffer concussions during their careers on the field, a new study suggests. The findings add to the existing evidence that female athletes may be more susceptible to concussions, even as attention has tended to focus on the risk to male football players. "The more we look at concussion, the more we realize that women are at high risk," said study co-author Dr. James Noble. He's an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Once a concussion occurs, however, the gender gap dwindles, the researchers found. "For the most part, men and women experience concussion in about the same way," Noble said, "although men were more likely to report forgetfulness and women more likely to report sleep problems." Concussions, especially among football players from high school to ... Read more

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Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries

Posted 26 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Ice fishing may seem like a relaxing pastime, but it can result in broken bones, concussions and other injuries, according to surgeons from the Mayo Clinic. "Ice fishing has become more popular in the last few years, and, with this, we have seen an increase in ice fishing-related injuries," study author Dr. Cornelius Thiels, a surgical resident, said in a hospital news release. "What is even more concerning is that ice fishing injuries tend to be more severe than injuries associated with traditional fishing," Thiels said. "We hope this research will bring awareness to the safety issues that surround this pastime and help prevent similar incidents," he said. For the study, the researchers examined ER records of visits that occurred between 2009 and 2014. Overall, they identified 85 people treated for injuries sustained while ice fishing. Ironically, burns are ... Read more

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Repeat Head Hits May Not Put NFL Players at Risk of Motor Problems

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 19, 2017 – Repeated hits to the head may not doom NFL players to suffer movement disorders after they retire, new research suggests. "We found that while the motor functions of former NFL players were not as good as other men their age, they were still within normal range and not related to repeated head injury," said study author Dr. Samuel Frank, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Repeated head injuries have been linked to a devastating brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the researchers noted in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. Numerous NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their deaths. Performing an autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose the condition. In January, a $1 billion concussion lawsuit settlement for former NFL players was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite legal challenges from ... Read more

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Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properly preparing for practices and competitions, young athletes can excel on the field and stay off the sidelines with potential injuries." As spring season approaches, NATA recommends parents and students review their school's policies and procedures on sports-related injuries. Here's what to consider: Who handles sports-related injuries? Know who will care for athletes who are hurt during practice. Consider that person's experience and credentials, ... Read more

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Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – For the first time, researchers have confirmed evidence of the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired soccer players. Investigators in the United Kingdom examined the brains of six former soccer players with dementia who had died. All six had signs of Alzheimer's disease and four also had signs of CTE, the degenerative brain condition that has been linked to repetitive head trauma. "This is the first time CTE has been confirmed in a group of retired" soccer players, said study lead author Dr. Helen Ling, a neurologist at University College London. The rate of CTE among the former soccer players was higher than the 12 percent found in the general population, the researchers reported. Other studies have found evidence of CTE in the brains of athletes who compete in such contact sports as boxing and American football. While ... Read more

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Driving Skills May Suffer Even After Concussion Symptoms Subside

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Even after their symptoms disappear, concussion patients may still have difficulty driving, a small study suggests. The study included 14 college-age participants who were tested on a driving simulator within 48 hours after they no longer felt the effects of their concussions. Despite feeling like they had recovered from their head injuries, the patients were still likely to drive erratically. At times, their skill levels were similar to driving after drinking, the University of Georgia researchers said. "They had less vehicle control while they were doing the driving simulation, and they swerved more within the lane," said study author Julianne Schmidt. "This is a pretty large indicator of motor vehicle accident risk, and this is at a time point when they are considered recovered," Schmidt, an associate professor in the kinesiology department, said in a ... Read more

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College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – College students seem to take longer to recover from concussion than the average in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 128 students who suffered a concussion during the 2014-2015 academic year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Their average age was 20. Forty-four students were varsity athletes and 33 played club sports. Another 34 played recreational sports, while 17 did not report any regular physical activity. Overall, the students took much longer to recover from a concussion than the national average of 7 to 14 days. But there were significant differences between the groups of students. Average recovery times were 11.5 days for varsity athletes and nearly 19 days for club athletes. Recreational athletes took nearly 23 days to recover from a concussion. These differences could be due to the amount ... Read more

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30 Former NFL Players Pledge Their Brains for Research

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Thirty former NFL players have joined the growing number of retired players who have pledged to donate their brains to research on a devastating brain disease that has been linked to the repetitive head trauma. Scientists believe that multiple concussions, or even less severe blows to the head, may trigger chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Numerous NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their deaths. Performing an autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose the condition, the Boston-based foundation explained in a news release. Last month, a $1 billion concussion lawsuit settlement for former NFL players was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court despite legal challenges from some retired players. The ruling means that payouts can begin to former players who develop ... Read more

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