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Collision on Sidelines of Football Game Kills Retired Teacher

Traumatic brain injury claims math teacher of 31 years

(Newser) - Over the course of 31 years, Scranton Prep math teacher Tony Cantafio became known as "Taps" for his devoted work on the sidelines of football, baseball, and basketball games keeping score and stats for the players. Perhaps he died doing what he loved, then, as he suffered a traumatic... More »

BMX Star Dave Mirra Had CTE

Mirra killed himself in February after a concussion-filled sports career

(Newser) - Dave Mirra, the legendary BMX star who killed himself in February, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy—a disease more commonly seen in football players and boxers, ESPN reports. He's believed to be the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with it. "The key is brain injury," says... More »

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Player-turned-actor was one stage away from full-blown dementia: researchers

(Newser) - Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough... More »

Behind Henry VIII's Bad Behavior: Brain Injury?

The anger and forgetfulness started after jousting and horse accidents

(Newser) - Henry VIII may be best known for having had six wives, killing two of them, and establishing the Church of England in the process. Now a behavioral neurologist at Yale is posing an explanation for the English monarch's famously erratic behavior: traumatic brain injury. (Interestingly, a 2009 documentary for... More »

NFLers Worry About '100% Injury Rate,' Teams Using Them

AP: Many think their organizations don't give best care, have interests at heart

(Newser) - As the NFL victims of brain damage get more prominent and younger and younger , the AP sent reporters into all 32 locker rooms in the league to take the temperature of 100 current players themselves. What those reporters encountered: An acute awareness of the risk of injury—though some players... More »

Ex-NFL Player Who Died at 27 Had Advanced CTE

Tyler Sash was at stage of disease rarely seen in someone so young

(Newser) - An ex-New York Giants player who died at the age of 27 in September after accidentally ODing on pain meds suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—and was at an advanced stage of the brain disease rarely seen in someone so young, the New York Times reports. Dr. Ann McKee, the... More »

Study: Effects of Kids' Concussions Last 2 Years

Bad news for kids who play contact sports

(Newser) - An alarming new study finds that when pre-adolescent kids get concussions, they still suffer from "deficits in brain function and cognitive performance" two years later, the lead researcher says in a press release . Most pediatric concussions are a result of sports injuries, according to the study, which was published... More »

Frank Gifford Had CTE: Family

The brain disease has been found in dozens of football players

(Newser) - The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death . In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family says Gifford suffered from unspecified "cognitive and behavioral symptoms" in his... More »

Startling Key to Saving Soldiers, Trauma Victims: Estrogen?

Preloaded estrogen syringes could be key to halting major blood loss

(Newser) - More than 80% of US soldiers' deaths between 2001 and 2011 were the result of blood loss and septicemia. There's limited time to save trauma victims experiencing significant blood loss—the so-called "golden hour"—and researchers at the University of Alabama have been working for 19 years... More »

Junior Seau's Family 'Silenced' by Hall of Fame

But the Hall says that's normal with deceased inductees

(Newser) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Junior Seau next month, but don't expect to hear speeches from his family—who won't be allowed to utter a word. The Hall plans to show a 5-minute video that honors the star linebacker without mentioning Seau's diagnosis... More »

Morgan May Never Be 'the Tracy Morgan He Once Was'

Lawyer says he's still recovering from severe brain injury

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said yesterday. Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday Night Live and... More »

Inflatable Sumo Suit Led to Brain Injury for Girl, 15: Suit

She hit her head 3 times and has never been the same, mom says

(Newser) - Celaida Lissabet, 15, was participating in what was supposed to be a fun event at her Miami-area charter school last October, wrestling with a classmate while wearing an inflatable sumo suit during "Spirit Day"—but things went terribly awry, leaving the girl with severe brain damage, according to... More »

Government Trying to Fix Our Memories

Pentagon invests $40M in research into implants

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of a sci-fi flick: Direct brain recording, a shorthand for probing the brain to listen to its chatter. But the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is dedicating $40 million to this high-tech field to help the estimated 270,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war... More »

Education Helps You Recover From Brain Injury

People with college degrees recover at higher rate in study

(Newser) - College degrees may have an unexpected benefit: helping people recover from serious traumatic brain injury, NPR reports. A study of 769 adults found that a year after injury, 10% without a high school education had fully recovered, compared to 39% with a college degree. Those with advanced degrees fared even... More »

Too Little: NFL's $765M Concussion Deal Scrapped

She worries it's too little to cover 20K players

(Newser) - A federal judge today rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who suffered concussions, but maybe not for the reason one might think: US District Judge Anita Brody scrapped the deal on the grounds that the funds wouldn't be sufficient to cover nearly 20,000 players... More »

Afghan Massacre Suspect Had Brain Injury: Lawyer

Lawyers ready 'mental health defense' for Robert Bales

(Newser) - Before allegedly launching a shooting spree against Afghan villagers, US Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, his lawyer said at a hearing yesterday. Bales' defense team said it was readying a "mental health defense" in the massacre case; lawyer John Henry... More »

Soccer 'Heading' May Harm Brain

New study finds injuries in players who've never had a concussion

(Newser) - First football came under fire for harming players' brains; now soccer could be in for the same treatment. A new study finds that soccer players who repeatedly engage in "heading," hitting the ball with their heads, may suffer brain damage even if they never get a concussion. Researchers... More »

Afghanistan Shooting Suspect Had Brain Injury

Soldier also had marital trouble before deployment

(Newser) - The lone US soldier suspected of fatally shooting 16 Afghan civilians in a berserk weekend rampage suffered a traumatic brain injury during a recent tour of war duty, sources tell ABC News . The 38-year-old unidentified Army staff sergeant was treated for traumatic brain injury after some kind of vehicle accident,... More »

Parkinson’s Drug May Speed Brain Injury Recovery

Amantadine hydrochloride shown to accelerate improvement

(Newser) - Good news for patients suffering from severe brain injuries: A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease could accelerate their recovery. The drug, amantadine hydrochloride, was tested against a placebo in a blind study of 184 patients. The group receiving the drug showed more improvement—not a lot more, but... More »

Snowboard Champ Returns to Slopes After Brain Injury

Kevin Pearce to ride with friends for first time in 2 years

(Newser) - After hitting his head during halfpipe training two years ago, Kevin Pearce lost his shot at snowboarding superstardom: The accident left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, one that blurred his vision, shook his balance, and altered his memory. But even if his glory days are over,... More »

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