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Why Do Some Boxers Develop Dementia and Some Don’t?

The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage, resulting in dementia or Parkinson’s disease-like movement changes. The boxing community even has a name for it: punch-drunk. But while many notable fighters have developed these problems – along with depression and other neurological symptoms … Read More

Immune Cells Help Protect Brain Cells After Traumatic Injury

Microglia is a type of immune cell that is widely believed to make chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, worse. But research shows these cells can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow neurodegenerative diseases. A research team led by Bruce Trapp, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurosciences … Read More

Have Kids in Sports? Know the Laws About Concussions

While anywhere from 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that nearly half of athletes (47 percent) who suffer concussive blows don’t report their symptoms. If you have children in sports, it’s important for you, as a parent, as well as … Read More

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More Elderly Falls, More Brain Injuries

A growing number of elderly people are falling and suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result, a new study says. Alarming rise in number of traumatic brain injuries Researchers at the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center followed a group of Finnish people over 40 years. They found the number of older Finnish adults with a … Read More