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Journalists Have a Long Way to Go in Reporting on Concussion

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/04/17/study-newspapers-paying-attention-to-impact-of-hockey-concussions/   Its got to be tough being a sports journalist these days.  I know there are stories of NFL head coaches barring reporters from access if a reporter asks the tough questions.   But we talk about the need for concussion education, and what profession educates the American public on the subject of sports …
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New Concussion Guidelines Stress Individualized Approach

http://www.pediatricnews.com/specialty-focus/neurology/single-article-page/new-concussion-guidelines-stress-individualized-approach.html Physicians have recognized that concussions are highly individualized and must be treated individually.  In fact, the American Academy of Neurology recently named the ApoE4 genotype as a risk factor for chronic neurobehavioral impairment after concussion. This is why we make the ApoE test available to physicians in the Athleticode Network who are developing a …
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American Academy of Neurology names APOE4 as Risk Factor for Chronic Neurological Impairment After Concussion

Neurology-2013-Giza-WNL.0b013e31828d57dd For the first time in 15 years, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) updated its evidence-based concussion guidelines, naming APOE4 as a risk factor for chronic neurological impairment after concussion. Athleticode had already made this call in launching its physician network to conduct APOE testing as a part of a more personalized return to …
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There is No Such Thing as a Concussion Proof Helmet

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/02/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-concussion-proof-helmet/ Concussion is a study of physics.  The back and forth motion of the brain is caused by deceleration after a hit brings the head to a sudden stop.  Many point out that better helmets merely make it easier for football players to lead with their head, exacerbating the g-forces caused in a collision. As …
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Meta-Analysis of APOE4 Allele and Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury

PDFMeta-Analysis of APOE4 Allele and Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury. Zhou, W, Xu, D, Peng, X, Zhang, Q. Journal of Neurotrauma 25:279–290 (April 2008) December 26, 2012.  Today’s Post: Zhou and his colleagues carried out a comprehensive survey and meta-analysis of cohort studies of sufficient rigor to determine whether the presence of the APOE4 allele contributes to initial …
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Neurodegenerative Causes of Death Among Retired National Football League Players

Neurodegenerative causes of death among retired National Football League Players  Everett J. Lehman, Misty J. Hein, Sherry L. Baron, et al. Neurology 2012;79;1970-74 ; Published online before print September 5, 2012; December 19, 2012 – Today’s Post: To help advance the field in understanding the growing consensus about a connection between head injury and long-term …
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2012 Archive

Rates of Concussion for Females Just as Much of Concern as Males: Key Fact: ”The riskiest season of all for women is female soccer players, who trail only football players on the number of concussions reported . . .” NFL Progress on Concussions Blurred by Inconsistencies Brain Injury Changes Persist For Months After Concussion Does Having …
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