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. Brain Injuries to Undergo Unprecedented Study

A Minneapolis hospital announced it will team up with the University of Minnesota for what it called “the nation’s largest study of concussions and traumatic brain injuries.”
Researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center will select hundreds of patients suffering from mild to severe brain injuries to participate in the study.

Forbes: Largest Single-Center Concussion Study Launched At Trauma Center In Minnesota

There are over 2.2 million annual visits to emergency departments (ED) for traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the most recent data from the CDC. While some patients will end up being diagnosed with concussions after their initial ED visit, the reality is that there currently is not a comprehensive or even standardized approach in the ED for patients who suffer a TBI.

CBS Minnesota: Minn. Researchers, Doctors Seek To Understand, Treat Brain Injuries

Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota are launching what’s billed as the nation’s largest study of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, combining discoveries in brain imaging, blood analysis and eye tests to find a more accurate way to detect the injuries’ severity and long-term ramifications.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: When Will a Clinical Trial for Traumatic Brain Injury Succeed?

TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in Americans under age 35 and the leading cause of premature death and disability worldwide (1). In 2009 alone, 2.4 million patients presented to an emergency department (ED) with a TBI and an additional 52,695 died from their injury (2). Currently, at least 5.3 million U.S. residents live with long-term disabilities related to a TBI (3).

Star Tribune: Counterpoint: Call to ban football collides with the facts

I read with great interest the recent report on the call for elimination of football from high school argued by Drs. Stephen Miles and Shailendra Prasad (“U doctors call for no football in schools,” Nov. 22). They take issue with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) position statement that tackle football should not be eliminated from youth sports.

Fox 9: New eye tracking technology used to detect concussions

New eye tracking technology used as a research tool at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) could lead to a more exact means of diagnosing a traumatic brain injury. It may even represent the first truly useful clinical lab test that would even help monitor recovery from a concussion.

Star Tribune: Eye motion test shows promise for concussion detection

A precise way to diagnose concussions has been an elusive Holy Grail in medicine, despite a sharp increase in sports-related youth head injuries. But a Minneapolis neurosurgeon is reporting success with an experimental test that tracks eye movements of patients watching music videos.

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