New TBI saliva test being used as evidence in personal injury cases

One million — that’s the number of children and adolescents who suffer brain-damaging concussions every year in the United States, and the #1 cause of TBIs among those aged 5 to 24 is car accidents.  I don’t know the number in Canada, but proportionately, I’m guessing that it’s about 200,000.

When someone carelessly crashes into another vehicle, victims are often left trying to figure out the extent of their injuries. With complicated brain injuries, they sometimes see doctor after doctor only to find that there’s “nothing wrong” even when they know something is affecting their ability to get through their day-to-day routine. 

Attorney Tom Crosley has a long history of dealing with complex brain injury cases. He has worked with experts like researchers at the University of California to pioneer new methods of detecting brain injuries and using them as evidence in personal injury cases. 

Sports: Kids and Concussions

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about national initiatives to prevent concussions, head injuries and the long-term damages they can cause.  This is because more and more evidence-based support is arising around the serious, long-term damage repeated head injuries can inflict. Guidelines are changing on how medical professionals treat concussions in children.  Doctors now view concussion as a very serious condition, in which treatment must be individualized.  Before, they didn’t?!?

 

First and foremost, it is important to understand what a concussion is and the signs and symptoms of the condition.  A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.  Symptoms of a concussion that parents should be aware of include the child appearing dazed, stunned, confused about events, answering questions slowly, repeating questions, becoming irritable easily, having difficulty recalling events prior to the injury or losing consciousness (even briefly). Over time, sufferers of a concussion may exhibit behavior or personality changes, experience changes in sleep or forget class schedules and assignments.

Boxer cuts sparring over brain injury fears

Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton says he has cut his sparring regime by more than half to reduce his chances of developing brain damage.  But, he’s not stopping entirely, so the danger’s still there.  However, he’s reducing the amount that he does, significantly.

The 30-year-old former two-weight world champion faces Mexico’s Horacio Garcia in Belfast on November 18.

“I’ve got two kids and a missus. I don’t want problems after boxing. You need to be careful,” Frampton said in comments published on the BBC website on Thursday.

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This breakthrough could help diagnose CTE in living patients

The degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), has been linked to concussions suffered by NFL players aggressiveness, depression and memory loss.  Until now, the only way of identifying if it’s what caused what happened was through an autopsy.

Athletes who repeatedly suffer blowsto the head face brain injuries and inthe most extreme cases, death. Now, a new studyhas identified a biomarker that could be used to diagnosis a brain disease that affects athletes with repeated head injuries.

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can currently only be diagnosed after death, is a progressive degenerative brain condition found in athletes who have suffered repeated trauma to the head, including concussions. The condition has a number of behavioural symptoms including aggressiveness, depression and memory loss.

How a smartphone app can detect concussions on the sidelines – seriously.

Smartphones can do just about anything, but when I saw this, I said “huh??”.  Someone’s designed an app that will actually do the initial screening for the presence of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.  It’s out of the University of Washington.

From this, I can honestly say that anything’s possible, with a smartphone.  Please click the picture to read this holy-cow-awesome story!

Making headway against concussions

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was 25 years old when he was convicted in 2015 of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. This past April, he took a bed sheet and hung himself in his prison cell.

Hernandez’s family donated his brain for research, and last month it was reported that the examination showed that Hernandez had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease CTE that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s.

While the researchers didn’t directly link Hernandez’s violence to CTE, the disease often manifests itself by aggressive behavior and impulses, some dementia, mood swings, lapses in judgment and a disorganization, findings show.

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CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy – has been found in more than 100 former NFL players, some of whom committed suicide, according to researchers at Boston University. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected challenges to an estimated $1 billion settlement between the NFL and thousands of its former players who have been diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions. The class-action lawsuit accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the link between concussions and CTE.

Knowing what we know about concussions and their effect on the brain, it would only make sense that we’d want to protect our brains in whatever way possible. That would include bicycle helmets.

Central Valley Concussion Symposium highlights brain trauma in youth sports

Concussions are being taken a whole lot more seriously, but not a panic over the prevention, but rather being smart to prevent, and better explanation of the invisibility-aspect of them.

Experts at the symposium said the condition often goes unnoticed and can lead to dangerous long term affects.

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“Concussion is an invisible injury, you can’t see it,” Brenna Hughes, a brain injury expert at Community Regional Medical Center, said.

Former student sues fraternity after alleging hazing ritual left him with brain damage

The son of a legendary Dallas Cowboys player is now suing a University of Oklahomafraternity, alleging that a hazing ritual left him with permanent brain damage so severe he can no longer remember his Social Security number.  Please click the picture for the story.

When I was at Brock, Frosh Week wasn’t anything like what he’s saying it was like.  I remember that it was fun, and there weren’t any “hazing rituals” done.

Bishop’s University reaches settlement with brain-damaged football player

More education should be given to coaches, and every other adult who’s in a position of control, over kids playing sports.

This kid, who was in his third season with the Gaiters when he complained of nausea and dizziness during the game in September 2011, according to the lawsuit.

His coaches dismissed what he’d said, and told him to get back out there.  Shortly after returning to the field, he was hit again and suffered a major brain bleed. He was taken off the field as he began vomiting and lost consciousness.

Coaches, please listen to the athletes on the team.

 

Naperville students propose statewide concussion protocols

High school kids know everything, they’ll likely be the first to tell you that, but not only do these kids know stuff, they’re doing something.  Most kids will say what should be done, or what they could do, but end up not doing anything.

Not these kids.  Not only did they say that something should be done at the political level, but they’ve actually drafted a proposal for statewide concussion protocols.

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