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  • Study results could lead to blood test that may detect concussion

    Study results could lead to blood test that may detect concussion

    New research has found that a protein indicating the breakdown of white matter in the brain can be detected following a hard blow to the head, raising hopes that a blood test could soon detect a concussion, predict how long symptoms will linger, and guide decisions about an athlete's return to...

  • NFL players' brains at work show early signs of concussions' toll

    NFL players' brains at work show early signs of concussions' toll

    Watching the brains of former football players at work on a demanding mental task, researchers believe they have identified an early warning sign of concussions' cumulative toll, and the cognitive trouble it may portend. The study found only modest differences between the performance of 13 retired...

  • Study finds concussions common in teens

    Study finds concussions common in teens

    New research from Canada has found that roughly 1 in 5  adolescents has probably suffered a traumatic brain injury--a figure that suggests severe concussion among children and adolescents may be far more common than has been estimated. The new study also hints at a troubling link between a history...

  • Head injuries in one football season cause measurable brain damage

    Head injuries in one football season cause measurable brain damage

    For college athletes who get through their sport's season concussion-free, new research suggests it may be too early to breathe a sigh of relief. Following a season of grueling practices and hard-fought games, football and ice hockey players who had no outward sign of head trauma showed worrisome...

  • In recovering from brain trauma, it helps to have stayed in school

    In recovering from brain trauma, it helps to have stayed in school

    The extra brainpower that comes with having spent more years in a classroom is a powerful aid to recovery following a moderate to severe brain trauma, a new study finds. Researchers have long known that cognitive reserve -- a level of mental engagement that may come from reading books, staying...

  • NFL concussion rates are lower at higher altitudes, study finds

    NFL concussion rates are lower at higher altitudes, study finds

    Here’s one solution to the National Football League’s concussion problem: Stop playing at sea level. Researchers have found that concussion rates are about 30% lower in games played at higher altitudes. The finding was based on an analysis of all 300 concussions reported during the first 16 weeks...

  • Concussions linked to Alzheimer's disease?

    Concussions linked to Alzheimer's disease?

    Elderly people who have both mild cognitive impairment and a history of serious concussion showed higher amounts of the protein deposits associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The results, published Thursday in the journal Neurology, suggest a potential link between a history...

  • After concussions, girls recover faster than boys

    After concussions, girls recover faster than boys

    Bucking the emerging belief that females are more vulnerable to concussion, a new study finds that irrespective of the severity of initial concussive symptoms, girls and women who've suffered mild traumatic brain injury recover faster than do boys and men. In a group of 47 men with concussions...

  • Football helmet design can alter concussion rate, study finds

    Football helmet design can alter concussion rate, study finds

    Super Bowl viewers might want to keep an eye on the helmets crashing together in Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. A new study says that the lids worn by opposing quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, not to mention the dreadlock-filled helmet of Seattle cornerback...

  • Concussion settlement highlights difficulty of proving brain damage

    Concussion settlement highlights difficulty of proving brain damage

    Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its link to neurocognitive problems that appear...

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