Elite football players are 1.5 times more likely to develop a neurodegenerative disorder such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, or ALS than the general population.
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NFL Players Who Experienced Concussion Symptoms During Careers Show Reduced Cognitive Performance Decades After Retirement
Retired football players who experienced concussions during their careers performed worse on cognitive tests than non-players. The findings add to the growing body of evidence that suggests head injuries experienced by football players accelerate cognitive aging. Researchers say the results underlie the importance of tracking concussion symptoms in football players as opposed to concussion diagnosis.
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Traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of developing glioma brain cancer later in life, researchers report. The study found brain injury caused specific genetic mutations to synergize with inflammation, making brain cells more likely to become cancerous.
The chance a former football player will be diagnosed with hypertension when they retire rises in step with the number of concussions they experienced during their career. High blood pressure may be another driver of cognitive decline in conjunction with repeated TBI for football players. However, controlling blood pressure could help slow both cardiovascular and cognitive decline.
Study confirms that repeated head injuries, concussions, and traumatic brain injury are the chief risk factors for the development of CTE.
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ISRIB, a small molecule that blocks the integrated stress response, can reverse the neural and cognitive effects of a concussion in mice weeks after a brain injury has occurred.
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Synthetic turf football fields have a greater impact decelerating force than traditional grass fields, presenting an increased risk of injuries, including concussions, due to contact with the surface.
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Researchers document traumatic brain injury as a global health problem that affects 55 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of injury-related death and disability.
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NG2-glia, a newly discovered type of brain cell that can renew itself is regulated by circadian rhythms. The findings shed new light on how the body's circadian clock can promote healing following a traumatic brain injury.
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Repeat concussions thicken the structure of skull bones. Researchers theorize the thickening of the skull may occur as the body attempts to better protect the brain from subsequent damage.
Researchers report different types of brain injuries caused by concussions in children may lead to similar symptoms.
Signs of concussion may be found in the gut, a new study reports. Researchers found a correlation between traumatic brain injury proteins in the blood and one brain injury-linked bacteria in stool samples.