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Brain injury group: Concussion award scheme flawed

PHILADELPHIA — A national brain injury group has condemned the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion claims as “deeply flawed,” saying it excludes many former players suffering from mood swings, depression, aggression and other related problems.The Brain Injury Association of America said the plan favors former players with memory problems and certain neuromuscular diseases but leaves out those with other symptoms that can stem from brain trauma.”Many of the physical, neurological and neurobehavioral consequences of TBI (traumatic brain injury) are missing from the list of qualifying diagnoses,” the association said in a court filing on Tuesday. 371 more words

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Protecting the Brain Against Concussion

Why you should listen

In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion — with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids. 109 more words

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Autopsy Shows Chiefs LB Belcher Had CTE Damage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries. 475 more words

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Jovan Belcher’s brain showed signs of CTE, according to post-mortem exam

A post-mortem analysis of Jovan Belcher’s brain revealed a key signature of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, concluding that the 25-year-old football player was likely suffering from the degenerative neurological condition.The news, first reported by The Star, is a potentially game-changing development at the intersection of two of the NFL’s biggest threats — head injuries and domestic violence.Belcher was a starting linebacker for the Chiefs who shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then himself on Dec. 673 more words

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An old brain in a young body

I was horrified last year when I heard the story of Jovan Belcher, a young man who had played football.

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/11612386/jovan-belcher-brain-showed-signs-cte-doctor-says-report

Jovan played pro football 4 years before killing his girl friend and then himself in December 2012. 174 more words

U of A gets funding for traumatic brain injury study

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Biomedical engineering professors at the University of Arkansas have received a three-year, $395,722 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how brain cells respond to traumatic injury.Assistant professors Jeffrey Wolchok and Kartik Balachandran and their team are trying to determine if neuron-supporting cells known as astrocytes create a degenerative extracellular environment after traumatic injuries. 369 more words

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Colorado group gives free marijuana to veterans

(KXRM/CNN) — At the start of the year, Colorado legalized marijuana.

Now, there’s a program is helping veterans get it for free to help those dealing with physical and emotional wounds. 338 more words

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