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Study finds CTE in brains of college athletes

Pennsylvania residents have likely heard about reports linking contact sports like rugby and football with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It was originally believed that CTE was mainly confined to professional athletes who have suffered multiple head injuries and concussions over careers that sometimes last for a decade or more, but a recent study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic indicates that the problem may be far more widespread than experts had believed. The researchers published their findings in the December 2015 issue of the journal Acta Neuropathologica.

The risks of brain injuries to the elderly

Accidental falls and the accompanying brain trauma from head injuries are some of the most serious dangers posed to geriatric individuals in Pennsylvania. One of the largest subcategories of traumatic brain injuries, the acute subdural hematoma, is usually treated by surgical intervention. However, as elderly patients who have received these injuries have usually been considered poor candidates for surgical treatment, this intervention is often withheld. Recently a study was conducted in Finland that gives hope of recovery among certain categories of patients aged 75 or older, which indicates that surgery may be worth while for them.

Potential consequences of head injuries in Pennsylvania

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are close to four million concussions each year just from sports and recreational activities, and the numbers get even higher when injuries from things like car accidents are included. For most people, recovery from these types of injuries will take about three weeks. About 20 percent of people will have significantly longer recovery times.

Teens who use energy drinks suffer more traumatic brain injury

When a Pennsylvania teenager incurs a traumatic brain injury, there are many factors that will be considered as to its cause. One that might not immediately come to mind is the use of energy drinks. However, there is increasing attention being paid to the link between teens who have a brain injury and those were drinking energy drinks beforehand.

New study on brain disease in NFL players

Pennsylvania football players may have a high risk of suffering from a degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducted the study by looking at the brains of deceased NFL players. Brains from deceased people who had played football in high school, college and semi-professional leagues were also studied.

Blood pressure drug reduces inflammation from brain injuries

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have identified a protein that can cause damaging inflammation in patients with traumatic brain injuries. They have also found that the protein, which is produced by the liver, can be blocked by a drug used to treat high blood pressure. The research could lead to better TBI treatments in Pennsylvania and worldwide.