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SNTF protein can predict severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes

SNTF protein can predict severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes. [More]
New findings may help develo injury-prevention measures

New findings may help develo injury-prevention measures

This week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation's childhood head injuries. The study, authored by [More]
Epilepsy: A true window on the brain

Epilepsy: A true window on the brain

Rapidly emerging technologies, novel imaging techniques, the development of new therapies and new genes, have given researchers and clinicians an extraordinary ability to explore the brain at the cellular, genetic and neural levels. While current epilepsy research may seem like it's ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel, it's real—and even pretty cool. [More]
Clinical study of Proxima miniature in-line blood gas analyser meets primary end point

Clinical study of Proxima miniature in-line blood gas analyser meets primary end point

Sphere Medical, innovator in critical care monitoring and diagnostics equipment, is pleased to announce the completion of a successful clinical study of its new Proxima miniature in-line blood gas analyser at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK. [More]
Nurses play key role in assessing impact of head injury on patients, families

Nurses play key role in assessing impact of head injury on patients, families

Families of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may expect them to return to normal quickly—after all, it's "just a concussion." But mild TBI can have a lasting impact on families as well as patients, according to a review in the November issue of American Journal of Nursing. [More]
Researchers discover two potential treatments for traumatic brain injury

Researchers discover two potential treatments for traumatic brain injury

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered two potential treatments for traumatic brain injury that are most effective when given at different stages after the injury has occurred. [More]
Study shows xenon gas treatment reduces brain damage after head injury

Study shows xenon gas treatment reduces brain damage after head injury

Treatment with xenon gas after a head injury reduces the extent of brain damage, according to a study in mice. [More]
Treatment with xenon gas after head injury reduces extent of brain damage

Treatment with xenon gas after head injury reduces extent of brain damage

Treatment with xenon gas after a head injury reduces the extent of brain damage, according to a study in mice. [More]
New editorial calls for sports authorities to consider long-term effects of cerebral concussion

New editorial calls for sports authorities to consider long-term effects of cerebral concussion

An editorial published today in The Lancet Neurology calls for sports authorities to take into consideration the long term neurological problems that repeated concussions can cause. [More]
Study explores neurological outcomes in patients treated for traumatic brain injury

Study explores neurological outcomes in patients treated for traumatic brain injury

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), neither the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin concentration through blood transfusion resulted in improved neurological outcome at 6 months, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA. [More]
Study shows similar outcomes between blast and nonblast-related brain injuries

Study shows similar outcomes between blast and nonblast-related brain injuries

Explosions are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. A new study shows that military personnel with mild brain trauma related to such blasts had outcomes similar to those with mild brain injury from other causes, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
GE Healthcare, Tesla Engineering announce collaboration to develop ultra high-field MRI systems

GE Healthcare, Tesla Engineering announce collaboration to develop ultra high-field MRI systems

Today at the joint meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology, GE Healthcare and Tesla Engineering Ltd. announced that they will collaborate together to produce 7.0 tesla (7.0T) human whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, and build upon the ten year history of GE innovations in this advanced, technical field. [More]
Social worker has potential to reduce functional decline of people with mild traumatic brain injury

Social worker has potential to reduce functional decline of people with mild traumatic brain injury

More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms each year. Yet few receive appropriate psychological and social follow-up care that can make the difference in whether or not they fully recover. [More]
Drug used to treat hypertension prevents post-traumatic epilepsy in rodent model

Drug used to treat hypertension prevents post-traumatic epilepsy in rodent model

Between 10 and 20 percent of all cases of epilepsy result from severe head injury, but a new drug promises to prevent post-traumatic seizures and may forestall further brain damage caused by seizures in those who already have epilepsy. [More]
Particular brand of helmet affects athlete's risk of suffering from sport-related concussion

Particular brand of helmet affects athlete's risk of suffering from sport-related concussion

Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, a sports medicine physician and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will present, "Incidence of Sport-Related Concussion in High School Football Players: Effect of Helmets, Mouthguards, Previous Concussions, Years Playing Experience" last week at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La. [More]

Research: Child's relationships may be hidden casualty long after head injury

New research has found that a child's relationships may be a hidden casualty long after a head injury. Neuroscientists at Brigham Young University studied a group of children three years after each had suffered a traumatic brain injury - most commonly from car accidents. The researchers found that lingering injury in a specific region of the brain predicted the health of the children's social lives. [More]
Western University researchers study causes of childhood concussions in rural and urban areas

Western University researchers study causes of childhood concussions in rural and urban areas

Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have found youth living in rural areas are more likely to sustain concussions from injuries involving motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, whereas youth living in urban areas suffer concussions mostly as a result of sports. [More]
High BP medications may increase risk of falls and fall injuries in older patients

High BP medications may increase risk of falls and fall injuries in older patients

Medication to treat high blood pressure (BP) in older patients appears to be associated with an increased risk for serious injury from falling such as a hip fracture or head injury, especially in older patients who have been injured in previous falls. [More]
Dreams and delusions are associated with faulty "reality testing", shows research

Dreams and delusions are associated with faulty "reality testing", shows research

New research from the University of Adelaide has delved into the reasons why some people are unable to break free of their delusions, despite overwhelming evidence explaining the delusion isn't real. [More]
Scientists measure how well football helmet designs protected against traumatic brain injury

Scientists measure how well football helmet designs protected against traumatic brain injury

A new study finds that football helmets currently used on the field may do little to protect against hits to the side of the head, or rotational force, an often dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy. [More]