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Concussion Research--NFL's conduct is disgraceful
I am gratified that The NY Daily News extensively covered my criticism of the NFL and its conduct. It is appalling that they could alter scientific research and should be a lesson for us all when we review these medical articles from the best doctors that money can buy. Lawyer says $765M NFL settlement should be invalidated
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Frank Gifford and CTE : It's time that the NFL gets serious
Former professional football player and TV commentator Frank Gifford, who died in August at age 84, suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. The only known cause of this condition is repetitive head trauma. Gifford played in the NFL for 12 years and during that time suffered from repetitive head trauma.
“We as a family made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury,” Gifford’s family said in a statement released Wednesday.
Although all the details of Frank Gifford’s condition in the last years of his life are not known, the fact that CTE was found on autopsy adds further weight to the mounting evidence that football is a concussion delivery system causing permanent consequences to players. The fact that Gifford and all players diagnosed with this condition past the settlement date in the NFL class action concussion litigation is further proof that the settlement that was reached was unfair and needs to be rejected by the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
The danger of CTE is something that the NFL can no longer hide from all ignore. Players with this condition must be compensated and effective measures must be put in place to reduce to present and future players. It’s time to end the double talk of the NFL and get serious about head injury and brain damage.
The family said it decided to disclose his condition “to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s.”
My partner, Shana De Caro and I authored the amicus brief on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America arguing against the NFL settlement. We argued to the court that the settlement was junk science and was not a fair or balanced settlement for players suffering from brain damage.
For more information, read the story on ESPN: Hall of Fame player Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family says.
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CTE continues to haunt NFL
Public Broadcasting Network in their news show Front Line reveals new research strongly supporting link between CTE and repetitive head trauma
Pleased to be interviewed on this important subject by International Business Times
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Promising New Stroke Detection System Developed
When it comes to diagnosing a stroke, there is a medical saying, “Time is Brain.” This should convey that it is crucial to diagnose and treat a stroke as soon as possible to preserve brain function. It is crucial that stroke victims begin appropriate treatment within 3 to 4 ½ hours after the onset of a stroke to have the best chance for a good outcome.
Up to now, patients must be transported to a hospital, have a CT scan performed, have this CT scan read by a competent radiologist and then have tPA medication ordered, usually by a neurologist. Unfortunately, this all takes time and if proper staff is not available at the hospital, critical time is lost.
A report from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) states that researchers have developed a new computer program to detect strokes on CT scans with amazing accuracy. The program can detect whether the patient has an ischemic stroke (blood clot) or a hemorrhagic stroke (bleed).
The report states that the program’s accuracy is 90%, which is similar to the accuracy of medical professional but with the benefit that the computer can make a much faster determination.
Our brain injury law firm has represented many clients who have been victims of medical malpractice because their stroke symptoms were improperly diagnosed or proper treatment was not timely administered.
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy-not effective in treating post concussive brain injury according to new study
Over the years there has been much interest and controversy in the use of high pressure oxygen therapy (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for the treatment of traumatic brain injury.
According to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association –Internal Medicine (JAMA Internal Medicine) oxygen therapy administered in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is not any more effective than compressed air for the treatment of those suffering from post-concussive traumatic brain injury.
The research involved 72 service members with chronic post-concussive symptoms. The researchers found that the service members who received high pressure oxygen therapy did not better than patients who were treated with only slightly pressured regular air leading the physicians to conclude that there was only a placebo effect for the use of oxygen therapy in both groups.
The research is the latest in a series of studies sponsored by the Defense Department to determine the effect of oxygen therapy following a traumatic brain injury.
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Race and Ethnicity Affect Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery
Does race and ethnicity affect brain injury rehabilitation? “Studies show that among minorities who receive rehabilitation after brain injury, health disparities persist and affect long-term outcomes.” Issues of cultural diversity in acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation, August 2014 Abstract and first page of article can be found by clicking here
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FDA Warning: No dietary supplements approved to treat concussions or other brain injury.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that there are no approved dietary supplements to treat a concussions or other types of brain injury.
Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No!
The concussion supplement warning published by the FDA is published in full below:
Exploiting the public's rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is monitoring the marketplace and taking enforcement actions where appropriate, issuing warning letters to firms—the usual first step for dealing with claims that products labeled as dietary supplements are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The agency is also warning consumers to avoid purported dietary supplements marketed with claims to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other TBIs because the claims are not backed with scientific evidence that the products are safe or effective for such purposes. These products are sold on the Internet and at various retail outlets, and marketed to consumers using social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
One common but misleading claim: Using a particular dietary supplement promotes faster healing after a concussion or other TBI.
Even if a particular supplement contains no harmful ingredients, that claim alone can be dangerous, says Gary Coody, FDA's National Health Fraud Coordinator.
"We're very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages, coaches and even parents that someone suffering from a concussion is ready to resume activities before they are really ready," says Coody. "Also, watch for claims that these products can prevent or lessen the severity of concussions or TBIs."
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or by a violent shaking of the head and upper body. Concussions and other TBIs are serious medical conditions that require proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by a health care professional. The long-term impact of concussions on professional athletes and children who play contact sports has recently been the subject of highly publicized discussions.
A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that if concussion victims resume strenuous activities—such as football, soccer or hockey—too soon, they risk a greater chance of having a subsequent concussion. Moreover, repeat concussions can have a cumulative effect on the brain, with devastating consequences that can include brain swelling, permanent brain damage, long-term disability and death.
“There is simply no scientific evidence to support the use of any dietary supplement for the prevention of concussions or the reduction of post-concussion symptoms that would allow athletes to return to play sooner,” said Charlotte Christin, acting director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs.
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The location of impact is not predictive of concussion outcome in football collisions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annually, up to 3.8 million sport-related concussions occur in the United States.1 For adolescents and young adults, sports, such as football, account for a substantial proportion of these concussions.
There has been little research assessing the role of impact location on concussion outcome. A recent study published online, August 14, 2014 in the Journal Pediatrics, Impact Locations and Concussion Outcomes in High School Football Player-to-Player Collisions, attempts to answer this question.
The study concluded that, “among high school football players who sustained concussions due to player-to-player collisions, concussion outcomes were generally independent of impact location.”
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VA develops concussion app to assist in concussion management
The Veterans Administration has developed a new mobile app that provides information on concussion symptoms and the self-management of the common symptoms following a concussion.
The concussion app’s main goals are:
- To provide education about a concussion
- To provide a 22 question inventory about symptoms that may develop following a concussion including dizziness, balance problems, headaches, memory and concentration impairments,
- To provide tools to assist individuals properly manage the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury when they develop
- To provide resources and support for professional care and web sites with information about traumatic brain injury.
- The app can be used by anyone and is not restricted to veterans.
More information is available by clicking here
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Post Concussion Sleep Issues-Department of Defense Issues New Recommendations
New recommendations from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) advise that all patients with concussion symptoms should be screened for the presence of a sleep disorder and patients. Additionally, patients should be asked if they are experiencing frequent difficulty in falling or saying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness or usual events during sleep.
These new recommendations were released this month by DOD along with support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of sleep disturbance in persons following mild traumatic brain injury, also known as a concussion.
Sleep disorders are a frequent symptom following a concussion and must be identified and treated as soon as possible. According to many medical experts, a good sleep cycle is critical to the brain’s ability to heal and recover following a concussion.
The new Management of Sleep Disturbances following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI Recommendations suite is composed of clinical recommendations, a clinical support tool, a provider education slide deck and a patient education fact sheet. More information can be obtained by clicking here.