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New football helmet innovation from University of Washington startup wins Head Health Challenge II
POSTED NOV 13, 2014
UW and its commercial partner, startup VICIS, Inc., developer of a new football helmet designed to mitigate the forces likely to cause concussion.

Former UW football player on concussion crusade
POSTED AUG 1, 2014
Darin Harris is a man with an infectious laugh. A man who can light up a room, like he did the football field at the University of Washington.

X2 Biosystems raising $9.5M, partners with Major League Soccer for concussion software
Concussions suffered by athletes is a serious issue and one company from Seattle is on a mission to help curb the dangerous problem.

Effectiveness of a State's Youth-Concussion Law Studied
POSTED FEB 23, 2014
Now that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed his state's youth-concussion legislation into law, every state has some form of youth-concussion legislation. Are those laws actually changing behaviors?

Hawks owner Paul Allen funds research into brain injuries
POSTED DEC 6, 2013
The Seattle Times - Billionaire’s long-standing interest in neuroscience intersects with the current focus on head injuries to athletes, soldiers

Her Biggest Save
POSTED NOV 10, 2013
Soccer star confronts the concussion that killed her career and clouded her life.

Kids with previous concussions take longer to recover
Children's Safety Network - Children and young adults take longer to recover from a concussion if they've suffered a previous hit to the head within a year or repeated blows at any time, according to a new study.

Ice Hockey Causes 44.3% Of All Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Canadian Kids
Nearly half of all traumatic brain injuries among children in Canada who needed to be taken to an emergency department are caused by ice hockey, researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, reported in the journal PLOS ONE.

Obama outlines private-public project to study the brain
LA Times - Patterned after the Human Genome Project, the BRAIN initiative aims to make an unprecedented study of the human brain. Most of the federal-private funding, however, remains to be worked out.

Breakthrough in football safety?
Zackery Lystedt suffered multiple concussions in a middle school football game, and life never would be the same. Steve Cyphers reports on the impact the Lystedt incident is making on player health and safety in youth football.
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NFL, GE Announce Head Health Initiative
POSTED MARCH 15th 2013
GE and the NFL announced Monday the Head Health Initiative, a four-year, $60 million collaboration to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for brain injury.

NFL Players Union Grants $100 Million to Harvard for Safety Research
POSTED FEB 11th 2013
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative — Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members.

Seattle Company Creates Concussion Detecting System
POSTED FEB 3th 2013
When the Ravens and the 49ers collide in the Super Bowl this Sunday, a Seattle start-up's technology will be used to determine if a player has a concussion after a bone-jarring hit. .

N.F.L. Joins With G.E. in Effort to Detect Concussions
POSTED FEB 2nd 2013
The N.F.L., faced with increasing concern about the toll of concussions and confronted with litigation involving thousands of former players, is planning to form a partnership with General Electric to jump-start development of imaging technology that would detect concussions and encourage the creation of materials to better protect the brain. 60 Minutes Interview President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
POSTED JAN 28th 2013
“Secretary Clinton: Yeah, I have some lingering effects from the concussion that are decreasing and will disappear. But I have a lot of sympathy now when I pick up the paper and read about an athlete or one of our soldiers whose had traumatic brain injury. I'd never had anything like that in my family. And so, you know, I'm very conscious of how lucky I was.”

PET Scan May Reveal C.T.E. Signs, Study Says
POSTED JAN 22nd 2013
New York Times - A study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry on Tuesday suggests that PET scans could one day be used to diagnose brain injury in living patients.




Long Term Caregiver Mental Health for Adolescents with Complicated Mild to Sever TBI
POSTED FEB 13, 2015
Study examines the efficacy of counselor-assisted problem solving (CAPS) in improving long-term caregiver psychology functioning following TBI in adolescents.

Scientists create first functional 3D brain model
POSTED AUG 16, 2014
Scientists have created a three-dimensional brain-like tissue, allowing them to study the effects of brain injuries, diseases, and newly developed treatments outside the body for the first time.

Don’t Forget Your Helmet: New Study Shows Even Mild Brain Injury Causes Brain Damage
POSTED AUG 6, 2014
The Journal of Neurology recently published a study from Newcastle University that found that even mild brain injury causes brain damage.

State Lystedt Law and Concussion Documentation in the Seattle Public High Schools
Determining the effects of the Lystedt law on injury and concussion in the Seattle Public High Schools

Building Statewide Infrastructur for Effective Education Services for Students With TBI: Promissing Practices and Recommendations
2011's Summit on Childhood Brain Injury was hel in Pennsylvania, to develop recommendations for building support for students with TBI in educational settings.

Current State Motorcycle Helmet Laws and Fatality Rates
The percentage of people killed in motorcycle crashes in 2011 who were not wearing helmets is higher in states without a mandatory helmet law.

Returning to Learning Following a Concussion
POSTED DEC 13, 2013
This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in the school environment after a concussion.

Tony Dorsett, Joe DeLamielleure, Leonard Marshall Reportedly Show Signs of CTE
POSTED NOV 10, 2013
Researchers involved in the UCLA testing say their brain scan uses a radioactive marker to identify the signs of CTE in the living, as was done with the eight former players.

Time Interval Between Concussions and Symptom Duration
POSTED JUNE 10, 2013
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that children with a previous history of concussion have a longer duration of symptoms after a repeat concussion than those without such a history.

Persistence of Disability 24 to 36 Months after Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Cohort Study
POSTED JAN 7, 2013
This study examined the outcome of 0- to 17-year-old children 36 months after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and ascertained if there was any improvement in function between 24 and 36 months. Controls were children treated in the emergency department for an arm injury.

The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Symptoms after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
POSTED JAN 4th 2013
In this single-center, double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled, prospective trial at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, the effects of 2.4 atmospheres absolute (ATA) hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) on post-concussion symptoms in 50 military service members with at least one combat-related, mild traumatic brain injury were examined. Each subject received 30 sessions of either a sham compression (room air at 1.3 ATA) or HBO2 treatments at 2.4 ATA over an 8-week period.

A Trial of Intracranial-Pressure Monitoring in Traumatic Brain Injury
The New England Journal of Medicine: Intracranial-pressure monitoring is considered the standard of care for severe traumatic brain injury and is used frequently, but the efficacy of treatment based on monitoring in improving the outcome has not been rigorously assessed.

Placebo-Controlled Trial of Amantadine for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Amantadine hydrochloride is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness after traumatic brain injury. Preliminary studies have suggested that amantadine may promote functional recovery.

The Effects of Concussion Legislation One Year Later – What Have We Learned
A Descriptive Pilot Survey of Youth Soccer Player Associates. Christian Shenouda, MD, Peter Hendrickson, PhD, Kathleen Davenport, MD, Jason Barber, MS, Kathleen R. Bell, MD. 2012.

Changing the Culture of Concussion: Education Meets Legislation
Adler, Richard, Esq, Stanley A. Herring, MD. 2011.

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