Category Archives: Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Concussion Treatment and Recovery Steps

After using the free concussion symptom checklist, several readers have asked for information on concussion treatment and recovery guidelines. In response, we have developed a brief guide that summarizes current best practices for concussion treatment and recovery. Concussions cause an acute energy crisis in the brain, primarily during the first 7-10 days after sustaining a… Read More »

Free Concussion Testing Tool

With public awareness growing about the risks to brain health from multiple concussions, thanks to the debut of the movie Concussion, MyBrainTest is providing a free online tool to track and document concussion symptoms. Repeated knocks to the head can trigger a neuro-degenerative cascade known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which typically results in dementia… Read More »

Towards Better Treatments for Brain Diseases

What if brain diseases like schizophrenia and major depression could be detected and successfully treated before symptoms begin to wreck lives? Why are half of all traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases missed in visits to the hospital emergency department and the doctor’s office? These provocative questions were raised in an outdoor science symposium held at… Read More »

Even “Minor” Concussions Can Cause Brain Bleeding

A recent brain imaging study confirms that small areas of bleeding known as microbleeds can occur in the cerebral cortex of people who have sustained concussions. By using an MRI imaging technique called susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), researchers were able to identify several areas of cerebral cortex bleeding in mild TBI (concussion) patients that were completely… Read More »

Do Helmets Really Prevent Concussions?

The answer is a hedged, very qualified “maybe” – helmets can prevent some, but not all concussions. It is always a good practice to wear head protection when cycling, riding a motorcycle or ATV, or participating in contact sports like American football, soccer, baseball, and hockey. At the same time, everyone should be aware that… Read More »

Sports Concussion Update: Pop Warner Starts to Shrink

The Pop Warner youth football group shrank by over 25,000 members since 2010, according to several recent news reports. We believe this is the beginning of a long term decline in football program participation rates among grade school age to high school age players, who form the lower steps of a broad feeder system into… Read More »

US Military Testing New TBI Assessment Tool

The US Department of Defense is in the process of field testing and validating a portable neurocognitive assessment tool for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA) is a portable and “field-hardened” software system that runs on the Android operating system. The DoD is running a formal clinical trial to compare the… Read More »

New Ways to Treat Addiction and PTSD with Cognitive Training

Imagine stepping into a virtual reality environment that recreates in amazing detail the sights, sounds, and smells of a past experience, or a setting that triggers addictive behaviors, such as a bar scene with a favorite drink placed in front of a recovering alcoholic. And then into this virtual reality steps a helpful digital avatar… Read More »