Search Results for CTE

The inevitable: class action lawsuit against 23andMe

...email domain, this Editor discovered that Mr. Ankcorn, a trial lawyer with a major-league track record of wins, recently joined the high-powered CaseyGerry firm of San Diego, which specializes in high-profile personal injury/death class action lawsuits including litigation against the NFL on TBI and CTE plus the 2011 Reno Air Races crash. Our readers should not be surprised as our article last week was blunt on the red carpet 23andMe was figuratively rolling out for the lawyers: Get what your product does (your implied warrant of service) rock solid (23andMe is not at this point) and backed up by studies.... Continue Reading

International CES unveils in NYC

...and drinks. Most notable: Reebok’s new Checklight, which fits in a skullcap and measures impact with a simple red-yellow-green display on the athlete’s neck (red being the highest level of impact). click to enlargeThis product reflects the growing concern with sports concussions, TBI and CTE. Reebok claims it can be worn with or without a helmet; this would benefit athletes who don’t wear helmets in sports such as baseball, soccer (football), rugby and lacrosse but have significant impacts and possible brain trauma. It does not currently send data via M2M but their representative told me Reebok is working on this.... Continue Reading

Counting the hits in a helmet with nano-enabled foam

...Cushioning blows to the head, whether in football, soccer (football ex USA), hockey, cycling and in combat, is something that present helmets don’t do terribly well, if worn at all–thus the prevalence of concussions not being diagnosed properly, or the cumulative sub-concussive blows that may result in CTE. A Brigham Young University (Utah) team has developed a helmet with what they dub ‘ExoNanoFoam’ in contact with the player’s head. The foam is piezoelectric–when there is pressure on the foam, it produces an electrical voltage. The voltage is read by a sensor in the helmet, sent to a tablet or... Continue Reading

Acknowledging the reality of TBI in sports

...player injuries and concussions [TTA 23 Oct 2012]. Surface Pros are now loaded with the X2 app and database which stores player testing and medical history. Team doctors and trainers can now take down information on the field, make assessments and also to administer player self-testing. This allows faster determination of injury and if needed, to pull the player, although it cannot do what Gizmag‘s headline claims it will: Could Microsoft Surface help the NFL to prevent brain injuries? (photo, SurfaceForums.net) But if the NFL is sincere about mitigating concussion and sub-concussion (leading to CTE) through better helmet design in... Continue Reading

Cleveland Clinic concussion diagnostic app repurposed

...cognitive and motor impairment; information processing ability; attention/memory; balance and visual acuity. C3 also uses the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2), a globally recognized protocol for evaluating concussions, as part of the assessment. Neil Versel reports that Cleveland Clinic is now trialling it at the Rock Valley Community High School in Rock Valley, Iowa, population 3,400. One wonders, with all the attention in the past few years on concussion and CTE, why this clinical app originally meant for their internal use wasn’t repurposed more quickly by the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic extends iPad-based concussion detection to rural settings (Mobihealthnews)... Continue Reading

Quantifying concussion and sub-concussion

...A short and graphical article on the impact of concussions in contact sports. The HealthWorks Collective article unfortunately only focuses on concussion when there’s mounting evidence that cumulative sub-concussive blows at 15-20Gs are just as harmful as concussions at 100Gs [TTA 5 June] and a cause of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Hard hits in US football can go up to a stunning 150Gs.The main article is from Popular Mechanics which also describes how equipment, including shoulder pads, are being designed to distribute and detect impact. What’s also surprising is how many Gs normal activities such as hopping off a... Continue Reading

Concussion monitoring in test in NY high school (US)

...Following our coverage of CTE and mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) at the GCRI presentation last week, a small-town football team is one of the first to pilot, albeit for three days, a new concussion detection technology developed by i1Biometrics. The Middletown, NY high school tested their Impact Sensing Mouth Guard that measures hits to better assess the likelihood of cumulative blows and outright head injuries. The mouth guards recognize cheek tissue for activation, and function as a standard mouth guard plus accelerometer and gyroscope to detect the hard-to-determine rotational acceleration. Data is then transmitted wirelessly to a monitoring... Continue Reading

Contact sports, long term effects and CTE

...safety. Update 10 June: video (1:38:00), event summary. Dr. Stern detailed for this largely non-clinical audience post-concussive syndrome and the specific neurodegenerative/behavioral pattern of CTE including the startling tau neurotangles (but unlike Alzheimers, no amyloid presence). It is an old problem. The first research was published in 1928 in JAMA by Dr. Harrison Stanford Martland who documented what was for many years called Dementia pugilistica (DP). Dr. Stern’s research has focused on the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes, including the post-mortem analysis published last October in Brain [TTA 6 Dec 12] as part of your Editors’ multi-part... Continue Reading

TBI drug in potential trial with former NFL players’ association

...to brain injury. While this announcement is perhaps more than it seems–a Phase I clinical trial is ‘early days’, to make it through all four phases (I-IV) may take a decade, and now the developer is switching around the treatment condition–the drug itself has received support from DARPA and NIH which are both closely concerned with TBI. In addition, working with the NFLAA will help Neuralstem find subjects for the trials. PR Newswire via Baltimore Business Journal Previously in TTA on TBI and the NFL: Further sad confirmation of CTE, Brain injury research study, NFL donates $30 million to NIH,... Continue Reading

Digital health and mitigating concussion

...possibility in ‘heading the ball’ –will join with the NFL in their research efforts. (We will not discuss the multiple hazards of rugby.) Also of note is the NIH ten-year brain mapping project. Digital health gives hope for mitigating concussion damage, brain disease Your Editors have been following progress in concussion detection and research since June 2012. Further sad confirmation of CTE, Brain injury research study: progress is ‘ordered, predictable’, NFL donates $30 million to FNIH for TBI research, Combating soldier TBI (continued), Combating TBI on the battle- and football fields, DARPA/RIT’s ‘Blast Gauge’: measuring the unseen wound .... Continue Reading