Tag Archive: Concussion

Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Football Players

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive head trauma. Currently, CTE can only be confirmed post-mortem. In a new study from JAMA, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players -- more than half of them from the NFL -- and talked to their family members to identify pathological and clinical features of CTE.

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Identifying Children at Risk for Persistent Symptoms after Concussion

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Approximately one-third of children who experience a concussion will experience persistent post-concussion symptoms. Researchers have developed a new clinical scoring system that may help predict which patients are at a higher risk for prolonged symptoms. Canadian researchers evaluated more than 3,000 patients, ages 5 to 18, who presented within 48 hours of an acute head injury. About thirty percent ended up with persistent post-concussion symptoms at 28 days. Researchers identified nine clinical factors that were predictive of post-concussive symptoms. These factors were then used in a twelve point risk score that included items like age, sex, history of migraines or…

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