Important Facts about Strokes and Increased Danger for Women

Most of us know how dangerous strokes are. While strokes can and often are lethal, they also can cause varying degrees of brain damage, paralysis, and severe cognitive deficits. Often the amount of time that elapses between the stroke and treatment determines the patient’s recovery or permanent damage. Stroke is currently the fourth leading cause… Learn More »

Football players at much higher risk for brain diseases

I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS.… Learn More »

NFL brain injury lawsuits lead to questions about the league’s future

“This gladiator mentality may have allowed the NFL to generate enormous profits, but it has left its players with serious life-altering injuries, including various degrees of brain damage,”  – excerpt from complaint   To date, more than 1,000 former NFL players are suing the league. Some of the plaintiffs claim that the NFL had knowledge… Learn More »

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on… Learn More »

Football Player Suicide Linked to Brain Injury

David Duerson was a former Chicago Bears safety who took his own life in February. He left a note behind requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dementia-like brain disease afflicting athletes exposed to repeated brain trauma. This month, scientists announced that Duerson’s brain tissue showed evidence of… Learn More »

Scrutiny of Concussion Risk From Football Grows

As the football playoffs get underway, it behooves us to take note of the increasing publicity surrounding concussion injury among football players. Researchers from the University of North Carolina released the results of a groundbreaking study of concussion risk among football players in the December 2007 issue of Neurosurgery. The researchers had outfitted college football… Learn More »