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Can a Person’s Sense of Smell Reveal Hidden Brain Injuries?

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose – not everyone will show positive findings on brain scans. One team of researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has found evidence that brain injuries can actually be detected by measuring a patient’s ability to smell. The study was conducted on over 200 injured soldiers evacuated by air from combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. After checking the soldiers for signs of traumatic brain injury, medics administered a smell test using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test, an exam used before in the diagnosis of diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. What researchers discovered was that in soldiers suffering from a traumatic brain injury, the results of the smell tests were abnormal. In a healthy individual, the brain interprets smell signals by linking them to a past memory. When memory was found to be impaired, the brain had…
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Promising NFL Rookie Retires from the Game, Citing Fears of Brain Injury

Posted on March 30, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Fans of football will surely know the name Chris Borland, the 24-year-old linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers and won several rookie awards in his brief career. Borland has made headlines once more, announcing his retirement from the National Football League. For a man so young to throw away the potential for fame and fortune so early in his career may come as a surprise to many football lovers, but Borland has a sound reason for quitting the game – he worries about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury. His main concern is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease found commonly in the brains of deceased football players. It is caused by repetitive brain trauma, including both symptomatic and asymptomatic concussive blows to the head. CTE symptoms include memory loss, aggression, depression and progressive dementia. Research on deceased NFL players’ brains at the Department of Veterans…
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New Study Strengthens Link between Football and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

A small study of retired NFL players published last month in the journal Neurobiology of Disease has added more fuel to the idea that playing football can lead to serious brain injury, even years after players have left the game. Medical researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine utilized imaging technology developed over the course of the last seven years, which used radioactive compounds to track proteins in the brain that concentrate in areas that are damaged or recovering from injury. They also tested the players’ cognitive abilities, including memory, pronunciation, visual attention and problem-solving. On average, the players studied suffered between two and five concussions while playing in the NFL. One player suffered 11. Analyzing the screening data, the researchers discovered elevated levels of the proteins in the parts of the brain known as the right and left supramarginal gyrus and the right amygdala. MRI images also showed…
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