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On Bruce Willis, 'a Health Line Seems to Have Been Crossed'

Joe Ferullo writes for the Hill that Hollywood 'needs to do better' after reveal of actor's aphasia

(Newser) - Over the past couple of years, Bruce Willis acted in more than a dozen films. It's a fact that, in the wake of his family's disclosure of his aphasia —a brain condition that can lead to language and communication issues—has many now wondering what exactly was...

They Suffer More Concussions Than Soldiers, Football Players
It's Not
Football Players
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It's Not Football Players Most at Risk for CTE

'NYT Magazine' explores 'hidden epidemic' of brain injuries to women survivors of domestic abuse

(Newser) - By now, most people are aware of the dangers of brain injuries suffered by football players who receive regular blows to the head over years. The same holds true for soldiers of war in regard to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. But in a harrowing account in the New York ...

Military Still Struggles to Diagnose Brain Injuries

At Iraq base, Americans were given a paper questionnaire to gauge the severity

(Newser) - The official count of US service members who suffered brain injuries in an Iranian attack at a base in Iraq last month has gone up several times. Part of the reason, the New York Times reports, is that there's still no reliable way of diagnosing a brain injury. Major...

A Foul Ball Hit a Girl's Head. 7 Months Later, an Update

Child hurt at Astros game has permanent brain injury, may have to take meds for life: lawyer

(Newser) - A young girl hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game in May has a permanent brain injury, a lawyer for her family says. Attorney Richard Mithoff tells the Houston Chronicle that the 2 1/2-year-old—who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May...

Researchers Rank Top Causes of Brain Injuries in Kids

Falling from beds, tripping on floors, and playing football are commonly cited in ERs

(Newser) - A comprehensive new report on the causes of brain injuries in children finds that falls from beds and trips on uneven floors are top causes in the youngest of kids, but football emerges as a leader among older ones, reports HealthDay News . The study in the journal Brain Injury breaks...

He Made His Living as an NHL Fighter. Now, the Lawsuit

Widow of Todd Ewen sues league, says CTE led to her husband's suicide

(Newser) - Todd Ewen was the classic NHL "enforcer" during his 11 seasons in the league. Translation: He "fought in almost every one of his games," writes Nicolas Pollock in the Atlantic . The sad footnote: Ewen committed suicide in 2015 at age 49. His widow, Kelli, blames the NHL,...

Comatose Woman Wakes, Learns It's the 21st Century

Munira Abdulla had been unresponsive since 1991

(Newser) - Until June 2018, Munira Abdulla had last been conscious when mobile phones were just starting to be widely sold . Had they then been readily available, someone might have been able to call for help. Instead, Abdulla waited for hours for help to arrive after the car she was in collided...

Ex-NFL Players Stunned by Concussion Settlements

Some recipients are seeing their payments reduced

(Newser) - A $1 billion settlement for former NFL players with chronic brain trauma is adding up to little or nothing for some recipients, USA Today reports. Approved in 2015 , the money was supposed to help family of ex-players who had died or were in nursing homes. But at least a dozen...

Coroner: Teen Football Player's Death 'an Anomaly'

Dylan Thomas was injured in a Sept. 28 game

(Newser) - The death of a 16-year-old football player who was injured in a game last month was the result of a "traumatic brain injury," the coroner says. Dylan Thomas, a linebacker at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Ga., died two days after he was injured in a Sept....

This Might Not Be a Great Idea for Women in Soccer

Study suggests female players suffer more brain damage than men after headers

(Newser) - A new study suggests that girls and women who play soccer should think twice about going up for that next header. Research out of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that females were five times more likely than men to suffer damage to the brain, reports Scientific American . The...

They Thought He Was a Goner. Then a Priest Spoke

Maine teen expected to recover after BB lodged in brain

(Newser) - When Charlie Quimby arrived at a Maine hospital Sunday with a small metal ball buried in his brain, the outlook was so grave that a priest read his last rites before two hours were up. Then Quimby sat up and said hello. "I'm telling you, it was right...

CTE Can Develop in Those Who've Never Had a Concussion

A single hit to the head can initiate changes in the brain, scientists say

(Newser) - When a person has a concussion, headaches, memory impairment, and loss of balance usually make the injury obvious. But there are "many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt" without much attention, CTE researcher Lee Goldstein tells NPR . His latest study puts a spotlight on them, providing...

CTE 'Breakthrough' Could Help Diagnosis—in Living Patients

Discovery of a protein in those afflicted could lead to a treatment for the brain disease

(Newser) - There is finally a "ray of hope" that one day CTE , the mysterious brain disease ravaging the NFL, may be treated. Boston University researchers have found a biomarker for chronic traumatic encephalopathy that can be detected while a patient is still alive, reports the Washington Post . Previously, CTE could...

The Dead Man Had CTE, but Not the History You'd Expect

No history or brain injury, contact sports

(Newser) - Think CTE only affects people who've suffered brain injuries? So did scientists—until one man turned their research upside down. For the first time, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disorder previously found only in people who suffered head injuries, has been found in a patient with no such history,...

Brains of Kids as Young as 8 Altered After One Football Season

Players don't even need a full-blown concussion to suffer adverse effects: study

(Newser) - Grade-school football players may not ever experience a concussion, but just one season of "sub-concussive head impacts"—blows to the head that aren't quite severe enough to cause a full-blown concussion—could be enough to alter young athletes' brains, ABC News reports. Per a study in the...

BMX Star Dave Mirra Had CTE
 BMX Star Dave Mirra Had CTE 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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