For many years, the generally accepted guidelines for treating concussion called for the patient to completely avoid activity or too much stimulation in the days following diagnosis. A new study says there is no clear evidence that this approach benefits the concussion patient.
Research in recent years says receiving many less severe hits to the head over time may be even more dangerous to the brain than a single concussion.
When it’s time to buy a new football helmet, one of the most common questions parents and players ask is, “What’s the best concussion-proof football helmet?” “There isn’t one,” says Cleveland Clinic Certified Athletic Trainer Bob Gray. “Helmets don’t prevent concussions. The best protection is proper hitting, tackling and blocking technique.” But football helmets are … Read More
The unthinkable has happened. Someone you love has suffered a severe brain injury and is now unable to communicate. You meet with the doctor, who tells you one of two things: Your loved one is in a coma. Your loved one is brain dead. Both sound ominous, but what do they mean in terms of … Read More
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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
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
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
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