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

Posted 2 days 8 hours ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 12 days ago 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 13 days ago 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 19 days ago 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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'Heading' Soccer Ball Not Smart for the Brain

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A common soccer move – bouncing the ball off of the head – may not be as harmless to the brain as has been thought, new research suggests. A study of more than 200 adult amateur soccer players of both genders found that regularly "heading" the ball, as well as suffering accidental hits to the head, significantly boosted a player's risk of concussion. "The prevailing wisdom is that routine heading in soccer is innocuous and we need only worry about players when they have unintentional head collisions," study leader Dr. Michael Lipton, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said in a college news release. "But our study suggests that you don't need an overt collision to warrant this type of concern," said Lipton. He is professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein. Another concussion expert who reviewed the ... Read more

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Tamer Version of Youth Football Looks to Address Safety Concerns

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players. In a pilot program in a small number of leagues across the country, the organization will institute several rule changes that will be implemented nationally if they are deemed effective, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The changes include: cutting the number of players on the field for each team from 11 to between six and nine; creating smaller fields; eliminating kickoffs and punts; and banning the three-point stance for those playing on the line (players would crouch instead), USA Football told the Times. The intent of the changes is to fashion youth tackle football to be more like flag football, with much less contact and hitting. Participation in tackle football by boys between the ages ... Read more

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Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2017

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cancelled CDC Climate Change Meeting Revived, With Help From Al Gore A conference on climate change and health that was abruptly canceled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been revived, with the help of former vice-president Al Gore. The one-day meeting will take place Feb. 16 and organizers hope to attract as many as 200 attendees from across the nation to discuss human health threats from climate change, the Washington Post reported. The sponsors include nongovernmental groups such as the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Turner Foundation and the Climate Reality Project, an education and advocacy group founded by former vice president Al Gore. "He called me and we talked about it and we said, 'There's still a void and still a need.' We said, 'Let's make ... Read more

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Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries

Posted 15 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 14, 2017 – As children's soccer has become more popular in the United States, soccer-related injuries have also become more common, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. People can get hurt playing soccer if they collide with other players, the ground or a goalpost. Injuries can also occur while running, twisting, shooting and landing, the AAP explained. Children who are injured while playing soccer most often sustain sprains and strains. Bruises are also common. These soccer-related injuries are usually minor and can be treated with basic first aid and up to a week of rest, the AAP advised. The group cautioned, however, that more serious injuries may occur, including: Ankle and knee injuries: Boys sustain more ankle injuries, while knee injuries – particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – are more common among girls. These injuries can result ... Read more

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Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Could concussions speed up the mental decline of people already at risk for Alzheimer's disease? In a new study, researchers examined 160 U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The investigators found that concussions seem to accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain deterioration and mental decline in people who are at genetic risk for the disease. However, the study did not prove that concussions cause Alzheimer's risk to rise. "We found that having a concussion was associated with lower cortical thickness in brain regions that are the first to be affected in Alzheimer's disease," said study corresponding author Jasmeet Hayes. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. "Our results suggest that when combined with genetic factors, concussions may be associated with accelerated cortical thickness and memory ... Read more

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Kids With Concussion Need Vision Check Before Return to School

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – A new study suggests that children who've had a concussion should undergo comprehensive eye exams to see if they're ready to go back to school. This is especially important, researchers said, for kids who struggle in school. "Concussed children with vision symptoms, hearing disturbances and difficulty concentrating often have academic difficulty post-concussion," said study researcher Dr. Mark Swanson. He's associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. "As we continue to try to improve concussion protocols, specifically when it comes to children, it is important that we understand the effects of a concussion on a child's ability to learn," Swanson said in a university news release. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the rate of traumatic brain injuries in children more than doubled from 2001 ... Read more

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US Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – Families in the United States spend 1.5 billion hours each year providing home health care to their chronically ill or disabled children, a new study shows. The hours of health care these parents and other family members provide would cost $36 billion if performed by home health workers who received the going rate – or $12 billion if unskilled workers receiving minimum wage were hired, said senior researcher Dr. Mark Schuster. Parents of chronically ill children are asked these days to provide "the kind of care that, if they weren't there, the system would have to provide home health care or keep the children in the hospital longer," said Schuster, chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. He's also a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. These time-consuming and sometimes technical health care tasks can include maintaining ... Read more

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New Approach to Concussion Diagnosis

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – Testing someone's ability to process sound after a head injury may reveal whether that person has a concussion, according to a small new study. Currently, no single test can reliably and objectively diagnose a concussion, according to researchers at Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory in Evanston, Ill. "This biomarker could take the guesswork out of concussion diagnosis and management," said the study's lead author, Nina Kraus. "Our hope is this discovery will enable clinicians, parents and coaches to better manage athlete health, because playing sports is one of the best things you can do," added Kraus, who is director of the laboratory. Concussions are a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head. The study involved 40 children being treated for a concussion and a similar group of kids without a head injury. Kraus and her ... Read more

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Better Sleep May Signal Recovery From Brain Injury

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Recovery from traumatic brain injury appears to go hand-in-hand with improvement of related sleep problems, a new study finds. "These results suggest that monitoring a person's sleep-wake cycle may be a useful tool for assessing their recovery after traumatic brain injury," said study author Nadia Gosselin. She's an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Montreal. "We found that when someone sustained a brain injury and had not recovered a certain level of consciousness to keep them awake and aware of their surroundings, they were not able to generate a good sleep-wake cycle. But as they recovered, their quality of sleep improved," Gosselin said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The study examined 30 people between the ages of 17 and 58 who suffered moderate-to-severe brain trauma. Most were injured in ... Read more

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