A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. They are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

  • Now researchers have updated the 100-year-old map in a scientific tour de force which reveals that the human brain has at least 180 different regions that are important for language, perception, consciousness, thought, attention and sensation. The landmark achievement hands neuroscientists their most comprehensive map of the cortex so far, one that is expected to supersede Brodmann’s as the standard researchers use to talk about the various areas of the brain.

  • Thirty years ago, I abruptly quit playing high school football right before playoffs. I’d racked up 13 concussions from age four through 16 and got most of them while playing sports. I went to the hospital after my first few concussions, but then I began hiding them so I could keep playing. I didn’t know how to tell anyone I had a concussion because I was brainwashed into believing that concussions didn’t harm the brain and all I needed to do was suck them up. After every new concussion, my symptoms were worse and it took longer to recover, they were having a negative impact on my athletic ability, academics, and relationships. I was losing the “real me” and I didn’t like who I was becoming. Neither did anyone else.

  • For years, the NFL relied on, and endorsed the medical expertise of, a rheumatologist with no formal training in neurology or brain science who denied a link between head trauma and certain brain diseases even as scientific evidence of a strong connection mounted. Dr. Pellman’s sudden departure comes as the NFL tries to repair the damage done by him and other medical professionals hired by the league who ultimately tried to explain away the dangers of concussions and head trauma.

  • Vancouver General Hospital intensive care specialists Dr. Donald Griesdale and Dr. Mypinder Sekhon explain a new medical procedure to more effectively monitor brain oxygen and brain blood pressure levels in patients with traumatic brain injury. Competitive freestyle skier, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, was the first patient to be treated while she was in a coma.

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