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Health Tip: Learn Football Helmet Safety

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A football helmet is a necessary part of the uniform that reduces the risk of a concussion or other head injury. But the helmet has to fit properly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these tips for selecting a football helmet: Make sure the child's eyes are visible and that he can see straight ahead and from side to side. The helmet should cover the head from the middle of ...

Even Mild Concussion Tied to Greater Dementia Risk Later

Posted 17 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 ...

U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Dropped 6 Percent Last Year

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Motorcycles are still deadlier than cars, but there's some good news: Nearly 6 percent fewer bikers died on U.S. roads last year than in 2016, a new report says. Preliminary data indicate that there were 4,990 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States in 2017 – which is 296 fewer than the year before, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). But ...

For Soccer Players, Heading May Pose Bigger Risk Than Collisions

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Heading the ball – not player collisions – may lead to temporary thinking declines in soccer players, a new study finds. "Unintentional head impacts are generally considered the most common cause of diagnosed concussions in soccer, so it's understandable that current prevention efforts aim at minimizing those collisions," said study author Dr. Michael Lipton. He is a ...

Contact Sports May Alter the Brain, Scans Suggest

Posted 22 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 – There are differences in the brains of athletes who play contact sports and those who play noncontact sports, according to researchers. But they added that it isn't clear if these differences are caused by blows to the head because the study only showed an association. The Indiana University investigators scanned the brains of 21 college football players, 19 college ...

Just One Concussion Could Raise Parkinson's Risk

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – If you've ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson's disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests. "Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury [concussion], so these findings are definitely concerning," said study author Dr. Raquel Gardner. She is an assistant professor of neurology ...

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 ...

Hoverboard Injuries Speeding U.S. Kids to the ER

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think. Nearly 27,000 kids landed in the emergency room from a hoverboard accident during the first two years the self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized scooters were sold in the United States, according to a new study. While it pales in comparison with the more than 121,000 skateboard injuries ...

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 ...

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 ...

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