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Health Tip: Heeding Motorcycle Safety

Posted 11 days ago by

--In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says. The council offers these suggestions for safer riding: Always wear a full-coverage helmet. Choose a bike that fits you. Invest in antilock brakes. New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses. Be familiar with the rules ...

Scientists Trace Link Between Head Injuries and Parkinson's

Posted 11 days ago by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – Links between brain damage and contact sports continue to emerge, with scientists now tying repetitive head impacts to a condition that can lead to Parkinson's disease. Researchers have already tied repetitive head impacts with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia. Now, investigators who examined 694 brains after death report ties with Lewy ...

How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia

Posted 11 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. "Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults," said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy. "Moreover, even in milder cases, it represents a risk factor for dementia, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ...

'Heading' a Soccer Ball More Dangerous for Women: Study

Posted 14 days ago by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – Heading soccer balls poses a much greater threat to women's brains than men's, new research suggests. The study included 49 female and 49 male amateur soccer players, aged 18 to 50. They reported a similar number of headings over the previous year (an average of 487 headings for the men and 469 for the women). Brain scans revealed that regions of damaged white matter in ...

Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident. "Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are critical goals for recovery," said lead ...

AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer. They've also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict. While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, Moroccan midfielder Noureddine Amrabat knocked heads with a rival so violently he awoke hours later in a ...

Are Concussions Tougher on Athletes With ADHD?

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Young athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety symptoms after a concussion, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,000 college athletes, found those with both ADHD and a history of concussion scored higher on measures of depression and anxiety. That was in comparison to ...

'Heading' Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who "head" the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information about how often they headed the ball during games and practices. The number of headers ranged from 16 to 2,100 per ...

Don't Turn Into a July 4 Highway Statistic

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – The National Safety Council has a sobering forecast for this Fourth of July. It estimates that 18,600 people could be seriously injured on U.S. roads and 164 could be killed – nearly 4 percent more than the number of deaths (157) that occurred in 2012, the last time July 4 fell on Wednesday. "Independence Day should be about spending time with loved ones and watching ...

'Walk & Think' Test Could Be Key to Concussion Care

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Can you spell words backwards while you're walking? Successfully performing that simple test of cognition could help decide whether a concussed athlete is safe to return to play, new research shows. If the athlete can't simultaneously walk and think in this way, they may not be fully recovered from a concussion and could be at risk for another injury if they resume ...

2.5 Million U.S. High School Students Had a Concussion in Past Year

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – The damaging effects of a concussion are well-known, and new research finds the injuries are common among U.S. high school students. In a representative survey of nearly 15,000 kids in grades 9 through 12, just over 15 percent – equal to 2.5 million American youths – said they had suffered at least one concussion over the prior year. The survey was conducted in 2017, ...

After Concussion, Are Legs at Risk, Too?

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – Young athletes with a history of concussions may be at increased risk for leg injuries, preliminary research suggests. The study included boys and girls who played soccer at 52 U.S. high schools. Those who'd suffered a concussion at any time in their life were 85 percent more likely to suffer leg injuries during one soccer season than those who'd never had a concussion, ...

Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Knowing how to respond to an emergency can save valuable time and lives. But do you know what to do? Whether it's a life-threatening injury, car accident or medical emergency, the most important thing is to quickly assess the situation and the safety of all involved, said Dr. Chris DeFlitch. He's an emergency medicine physician at Penn State Health Medical Center. "You ...

Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Although millions of Americans suffer concussions each year, many aren't given information about traumatic brain injury or follow-up care, a new study finds. "The lack of follow-up after a concussion is concerning because these patients can suffer adverse and debilitating effects for a very long time," said study lead author Seth Seabury. "Even patients who reported ...

Even Mild Concussion Tied to Greater Dementia Risk Later

Posted 7 May 2018 by

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 ...

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