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NFL withdrew $30 million brain damage study donation

Oklahoma football fans may be interested to learn that, according to a report issued on May 23, the National Football League attempted to influence a study that was being conducted on a link between football and brain injuries. The NFL had reportedly agreed to provide a $30 million donation to the NIH for the study but backed out after it was learned that a $16 million grant was given to a leading expert on football and brain disease.

Traumatic brain injuries and the elderly

Elderly people in Oklahoma and around the country have a higher risk of suffering from traumatic brain injuries and succumbing to them than do younger people. Researchers have studied the risk factors associated with traumatic brain injuries among the elderly in order to gain a better understanding of preventative measures that could be taken.

Deep sleep may improve outcome after brain injury

Many Oklahoma residents are aware of the negative effects of traumatic brain injuries. In March, the National Football League acknowledged that there is a connection between frequent head injuries, like those experienced by many professional football players, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Though there are still many unanswered questions about TBIs, some scientists think that they have an idea how to treat them.

Brain connectivity after a TBI could explain cognitive loss

It is common for a traumatic brain injury to cause cognitive impairment, which has a negative impact on the quality of life of the estimated 1.7 million people who experience TBIs every year in the United States. Affected individuals and their families in Oklahoma might find interesting that University of Texas researchers have identified intricate brain connectivity during chronic stages of a TBI that could explain the long-term cognitive loss in patients.

Higher concussion risk, longer recovery for women

While there is a great deal of focus on concussions sustained by men during sports, there has been less attention given to the same types of injuries in women. The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that in high school sports, girls get concussion at twice the rate of their fellow male athletes. Furthermore, they tend to suffer more long-term after a concussion. According to a study that has appeared in the journal Radiology, six weeks after a concussion, the MRI scans of men tend to show a return to normal activity. However, women tend to continue to suffer from impaired memory and less brain activity.

Harm that may result from a traumatic brain injury

Oklahoma residents who have undergone an injury to the brain may find themselves with a host of different symptoms, some of which may be subtle and difficult to detect. It is the nature of traumatic brain injuries to cause deep and irrevocable harm to the quality of life and the ability to function.

Link found between TBI and ADHD

Many people in Oklahoma are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, due to a fall, playing sports or being injured in motor vehicle accidents. A new study has found that people with TBIs are also much more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, suggesting a link between these two disorders.

Brain injury outcomes may become easier to forecast

Residents of Oklahoma may have heard about a new blood test that may predict the extent of a brain injury and the time needed for recuperation. Currently, brain trauma is diagnosed in the emergency room through CT scans or the victim's symptoms that may result in a worsening of the condition after being released by the physician.

Mortality rates and mild traumatic brain injury

People in Oklahoma who have a traumatic brain injury or whose loved ones have had one may be interested to learn that a study has indicated that people with mild traumatic brain injuries have higher mortality rates than those without any history of such injury. Furthermore, people who sustained brain injuries when they were between the ages of 15 and 54 had a death rate that was 4.2 times higher than the control group while those who were over the age of 54 at time of injury had a risk of death that was only 1.4 times higher.

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