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Star Tribune: Neurosurgeon and her teen patient are put to a marathon test

When the 15-year-old ninth-grader first met Dr. Uzma Samadani, her back pain was so severe she couldn’t participate in gym class at Richfield High School. Climbing stairs was a chore and she couldn’t tie her own shoes. Her right leg was showing signs of paralysis.

Reuters: Concussions remain common even as awareness improves

Two decades after the NFL brushed off concussion concerns as being of interest only to journalists, the issue is at the forefront of any discussion about player safety and unlikely to go away anytime soon.

Neurosurgeryblog.org: Neurosurgeon’s Breakthroughs with Eye Tracking Adds Insight to Concussion Understanding

Concussions are a problem. Everyone agrees on that. But it is rather less apparent how to define a concussion accurately, or how to diagnose, track and follow-up post-concussion. Effective treatment is based on the understanding of a clear problem that we are treating and assessing this requires accurate diagnostics, classification schemes, outcome measures and a single definition — all of which have eluded us to this point.

Minnesota Physician: Studying Brain Injury…a Launching Point for Discovery

In Minnesota, as in the rest of the nation, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the greatest cause of death and disability in people under the age of 35. Nationally, according to the CDC, TBI leads to almost 2.5 million hospitalizations, emergency department (ED) visits, and deaths.

Star Tribune: Key points on avoiding brain injury

According to Dr. Uzma Samadani, a University of Minnesota associate professor of neurosurgery and an attending neurosurgeon and brain injury researcher at HCMC, these are three key factors to football and brain health.

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