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Youth hockey brain imaging study suggests early marker for concussion damage

James Hudziak, M.D., has two children who love ice hockey. His son skates for his college team and one of his daughters plays in high school. As a pediatric neuropsychiatrist and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and … Continue reading

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The Beauty Products That May Trigger Early Menopause

Menopause, like puberty, is a reproductive rite of passage, and marks for women the end of their fertility and child-bearing years. But studies show that it’s not just age that can determine when menopause starts — exposure to certain chemicals … Continue reading

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Study: Former NFL Players Who Played Tackle Football Before Age 12 at Increased Risk of Memory and Thinking Problems Later

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – Former National Football League (NFL) players who participated in tackle football before the age of 12 were more likely to have memory and thinking problems in adulthood, according to a new study published in the January … Continue reading

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Post-concussion severity predictable via a protein

PHILADELPHIA - 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. The … Continue reading

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Parental misconceptions about concussions could hinder treatment and recovery

SAN DIEGO – With football season in full swing, there’s no shortage of talk about young players — from high school down to the pee wee levels — suffering from concussions. Yet many parents may lack knowledge about this mild … Continue reading

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How the woodpecker avoids brain injury despite high-speed impacts

Designing structures and devices that protect the body from shock and vibrations during high-velocity impacts is a universal challenge. Scientists and engineers focusing on this challenge might make advances by studying the unique morphology of the woodpecker, whose body functions … Continue reading

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First comprehensive pediatric concussion guidelines, available now

Ottawa/Toronto, CANADA – June 25, 2014 – Pediatric emergency medicine researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) together with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) today launch the first comprehensive pediatric concussion guidelines. “There have been recommendations and policies … Continue reading

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Youth hockey checking needs to decrease: doctors

(Reuters Health) - Body checking should be kept out of youth hockey until boys are at least 15 years old, pediatricians said on Monday. Even then, they added, it should be restricted to the highest levels of competition. According to … Continue reading

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Concussions may cause lingering mental anguish

(Reuters Health) - Youths who suffer concussions may continue to have emotional problems after their physical symptoms wane, a new study suggests. “The physical symptoms tend to start early and fade with time, while the emotional symptoms frequently have a … Continue reading

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Teenagers who have had a concussion also have higher rates of suicide attempts, being bullied and high-risk behavior, study finds

Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion are at “significantly greater odds” of attempting suicide, being bullied and engaging in a variety of high risk behaviours, a new study has found. They are also more … Continue reading

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Concussion apps vary in their accuracy, usefulness

(Reuters Health) - Some smartphone and tablet apps contain accurate information to help parents, coaches and athletic trainers tell when an athlete has a concussion, according to a new review of the tools. But concussion assessment apps vary widely, researchers … Continue reading

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Concussions identified via tau protein blood tests within one hour

Half way into last year’s season, 35 of 288 players in the Swedish Hockey League had already had a concussion. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, who surveyed all of the players in the league’s 12 clubs, have now developed a method … Continue reading

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Concussions may depend on what kind of helmet is worn

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 31, 2014 – Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation’s leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The study analyzed … Continue reading

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