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12/11/2012 4:31:31 PM
Brain changes in children who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, persist for months following injury -- even after the symptoms of the injury are gone, according to a new study. The findings highlight the potential benefit of using advanced imaging techniques to monitor recovery in children following concussions.

12/10/2012 9:00:00 PM
Brain changes persist for months in children who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, U.S. researchers say. Andrew Mayer and colleagues at the Mind Research Network and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque studied children ages 10-17 with mild traumatic brain injury. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, found structural changes in the white matter of children's brains seen about two weeks after the injury remained evident more than three months later despite the disappearance of injury-related symptoms.

12/10/2012 9:00:00 PM
As the N.F.L. confronts a raft of lawsuits brought by thousands of former players who accuse the league of hiding information about the dangers of concussions, a less visible battle that may have a more widespread effect in the sport is unfolding between the league and 32 of its current and former insurers. The dispute revolves around how much money, if any, the insurers are obliged to pay for the league’s mounting legal bills and the hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages that might stem from the cases brought by the retired players.  Regardless of how it is resolved, the dispute could hurt teams, leagues and schools at all levels if insurers raise premiums to compensate for the increased risk of lawsuits from the families of people who play hockey, lacrosse and other contact sports.

12/10/2012 8:24:24 AM
A nanomaterial can help regulate chloride levels in nerve cells that contribute to chronic pain, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

12/9/2012 9:00:00 PM
The Veterans Affairs Department is proposing to add five medical conditions to a list of diseases that, if diagnosed in a patient with a brain injury received during military service, automatically would be presumed service-connected. The proposed regulations change, expected to be published Monday in the Federal Register, would make it easier for afflicted veterans to receive benefits and health care from VA. Illnesses under consideration include unprovoked seizures, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and hormone deficiencies caused by changes of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.

12/5/2012 9:11:11 AM
New research could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories. The research has identified a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, which can suppress the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction, without permanently altering memories.

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