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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078102/repeated-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-causes-focal-response-in-lateral-septum-and-hippocampus
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Rebecca Acabchuk, Denise I Briggs, Mariana Angoa-Pérez, Meghan Powers, Richard Wolferz, Melanie Soloway, Mai Stern, Lillian R Talbot, Donald M Kuhn, Joanne C Conover
AIM: To advance our understanding of regional and temporal cellular responses to repeated mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI), we used a mouse model of rmTBI that incorporated acceleration, deceleration and rotational forces. MATERIALS & METHODS: A modified weight-drop method was used to compare two inter-injury intervals, rmTBI-short (five hits delivered over 3 days) and rmTBI-long (five hits delivered over 15 days). Regional investigations of forebrain and midbrain histological alterations were performed at three post-injury time points (immediate, 2 weeks and 6 weeks)...
December 2016: Concussion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077398/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-is-associated-with-reduced-cortical-thickness-in-those-at-risk-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jasmeet P Hayes, Mark W Logue, Naomi Sadeh, Jeffrey M Spielberg, Mieke Verfaellie, Scott M Hayes, Andrew Reagan, David H Salat, Erika J Wolf, Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Annjanette Stone, Steven A Schichman, Mark W Miller
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer's disease, although it is unclear whether mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, also confers risk. This study examined mild traumatic brain injury and genetic risk as predictors of reduced cortical thickness in brain regions previously associated with early Alzheimer's disease, and their relationship with episodic memory. Participants were 160 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans between the ages of 19 and 58, many of whom carried mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses...
January 11, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077006/longitudinal-assessment-of-health-related-quality-of-life-following-adolescent-sports-related-concussion
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Kelly Russell, Erin Selci, Stephanie Chu, Samuel Fineblit, Lesley Ritchie, Michael Ellis
OBJECTIVE: To examine initial and longitudinal health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adolescent sports-related concussion (SRC) patients. STUDY: A prospective observational case-series study was conducted among adolescent SRC patients who were evaluated at a multi-disciplinary pediatric concussion program. Health-related quality of life was measured using the child self-report Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) generic score scale (age 13-18 version) and the PedsQL Cognitive Functioning scale...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071936/concussion-baseline-testing-preexisting-factors-symptoms-and-neurocognitive-performance
#4
Eric Hall, Jordan Cottle, Caroline Ketcham, Kirtida Patel, Kenneth P Barnes
CONTEXT:  Neurocognitive test scores are often considered an important aspect of concussion management. To best use these data, clinicians must understand potential factors that may influence baseline performance on these tests. OBJECTIVE:  To determine preexisting factors that may influence performance on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT). DESIGN:  Cross-sectional study. SETTING:  Research laboratory...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065987/concussion-assessment-and-management-knowledge-among-chiropractic-fourth-year-interns-and-residents
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Mohsen Kazemi, Alessandro Pichini, Steven Scappaticci, Mitchell Savic
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the degree of knowledge chiropractic fourth year interns and post-graduate chiropractic residents have in regard to concussion diagnosis and management. METHODS: A survey modified from a study conducted by Boggild and Tator (2012), was administered to fourth year chiropractic interns and post-graduate residents via SurveyMonkey.com. RESULTS: Chiropractic fourth year interns and postgraduate chiropractic specialty college residents scored 5...
December 2016: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062722/acute-plasma-tau-relates-to-prolonged-return-to-play-after-concussion
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Jessica Gill, Kian Merchant-Borna, Andreas Jeromin, Whitney Livingston, Jeffrey Bazarian
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether tau changes after sport-related concussion (SRC) relate to return to play (RTP). METHODS: Collegiate athletes underwent preseason plasma sampling and cognitive testing and were followed. After a SRC (n = 46), athletes and controls (n = 37) had sampling at 6 hours, and at 24 hours, 72 hours, and 7 days after SRC. A sample of 21 nonathlete controls were compared at baseline. SRC athletes were grouped by long (>10 days, n = 23) and short (≤10 days, n = 18) RTP...
January 6, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056045/further-development-of-the-assessment-of-military-multitasking-performance-iterative-reliability-testing
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Margaret M Weightman, Karen L McCulloch, Mary V Radomski, Marsha Finkelstein, Amy S Cecchini, Leslie F Davidson, Kristin J Heaton, Laurel B Smith, Matthew R Scherer
The Assessment of Military Multitasking Performance (AMMP) is a battery of functional dual-tasks and multitasks based on military activities that target known sensorimotor, cognitive, and exertional vulnerabilities after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The AMMP was developed to help address known limitations in post concussive return to duty assessment and decision making. Once validated, the AMMP is intended for use in combination with other metrics to inform duty-readiness decisions in Active Duty Service Members following concussion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054910/examining-effects-of-physical-exertion-on-the-dynamic-visual-acuity-test-in-collegiate-athletes
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Jessie N Patterson, Anna M Murphy, Julie A Honaker
BACKGROUND: Acute symptoms of dizziness and/or imbalance commonly experienced in athletes postconcussion are speculated to arise from dysfunction at multiple levels (i.e., inner ear or central vestibular system) to appropriately integrate afferent sensory information. Disruption along any pathway of the balance system can result in symptoms of dizziness, decreased postural control function (vestibulospinal reflex), and reduced vestibulo-ocular reflex function. This may also lead to decreased gaze stability with movements of the head and may account for symptoms of blurred vision or diplopia reported in almost half of athletes sustaining a concussion...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045562/parasympathetic-baroreflexes-and-heart-rate-variability-during-acute-stage-of-sport-concussion-recovery
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Scott Bishop, Ryan Dech, Taylor Baker, Matthew Butz, Kaishan Aravinthan, J Patrick Neary
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To assess and compare the parasympathetic state of individuals in healthy vs concussion groups, by measuring cardiovascular metrics under resting and baroreflex conditions using a squat-stand manoeuvre. RESEARCH DESIGN: This was a retrospective mixed-method study, with participants who sustained a medically diagnosed sport concussion (n = 12), being tested within 72-hours post-injury. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Participant's heart rate (Electrocardiogram, ECG) and blood pressure (finger plethysmography) data was collected during rest and during 10-second squat-stands (10SS, 0...
January 3, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042930/three-versus-seven-days-to-return-to-work-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-randomised-parallel-group-trial-with-neuropsychological-assessment
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Aline M Studerus-Germann, Doortje C Engel, Martin N Stienen, Dieter von Ow, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
Although most patients with a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) recover within days to weeks, some experience persistent physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms, often described as postconcussion syndrome (PCS). The optimal recovery time including return-to-work (RTW) after mTBI is unclear. In this single-centre parallel-group trial, patients assigned three days (3D-group) or seven days (7D-group) sick leave were compared with a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery including the Post Concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS) within one week, after three and twelve months post-injury...
January 2, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040709/challenging-concussed-athletes-the-future-of-balance-assessment-in-concussion
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REVIEW
William Johnston, Garrett F Coughlan, Brian Caulfield
The assessment and management of sports related concussion has become a contentious issue in the field of sports medicine. The current consensus in concussion evaluation involves the use of a subjective examination, supported by multifactorial assessment batteries designed to target the various components of cerebral function. Balance assessment forms an important component of this multifactorial assessment, as it can provide an insight into the function of the sensorimotor subsystems post-concussion. In recent times, there has been a call to develop objective clinical assessments that can aid in the assessment and monitoring of concussion...
December 30, 2016: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018987/eeg-slow-waves-in-traumatic-brain-injury-convergent-findings-in-mouse-and-man
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Mo Modarres, Nicholas N Kuzma, Tracy Kretzmer, Allan I Pack, Miranda M Lim
OBJECTIVE: Evidence from previous studies suggests that greater sleep pressure, in the form of EEG-based slow waves, accumulates in specific brain regions that are more active during prior waking experience. We sought to quantify the number and coherence of EEG slow waves in subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). METHODS: We developed a method to automatically detect individual slow waves in each EEG channel, and validated this method using simulated EEG data...
July 1, 2016: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007313/neuropsychological-alterations-and-neuroradiological-findings-in-patients-with-post-traumatic-concussion-results-of-a-pilot-study
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A Rădoi, M A Poca, V Cañas, J M Cevallos, L Membrado, M C Saavedra, M Vidal, F Martínez-Ricarte, J Sahuquillo
INTRODUCTION: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has traditionally been considered to cause no significant brain damage since symptoms spontaneously remit after a few days. However, this idea is facing increasing scrutiny. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the presence of early cognitive alterations in a series of patients with mTBI and to link these findings to different markers of brain damage. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of a consecutive series of patients with mTBI who were evaluated over a 12-month period...
December 19, 2016: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006970/phase-ii-clinical-trial-of-atorvastatin-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Claudia S Robertson, James J McCarthy, Emmy R Miller, Harvey Levin, Stephen R McCauley, Paul R Swank
Statins constitute a class of medications commonly used in the treatment of elevated cholesterol. However, in experimental studies statins also have other non-cholesterol mediated mechanisms of action, which may have neuroprotective effects. The purpose of this study was to determine if administration of atorvastatin for 7 days after injury would improve neurological recovery in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The hypothesis was that atorvastatin administration would reduce post-concussion symptoms and also that atorvastatin administration for one week post-injury would be safe...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997652/association-between-early-participation-in-physical-activity-following-acute-concussion-and-persistent-postconcussive-symptoms-in-children-and-adolescents
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Anne M Grool, Mary Aglipay, Franco Momoli, William P Meehan, Stephen B Freedman, Keith Owen Yeates, Jocelyn Gravel, Isabelle Gagnon, Kathy Boutis, Willem Meeuwisse, Nick Barrowman, Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Martin H Osmond, Roger Zemek
Importance: Although concussion treatment guidelines advocate rest in the immediate postinjury period until symptoms resolve, no clear evidence has determined that avoiding physical activity expedites recovery. Objective: To investigate the association between participation in physical activity within 7 days postinjury and incidence of persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS). Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective, multicenter cohort study (August 2013-June 2015) of 3063 children and adolescents aged 5...
20, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993769/sandbagging-on-the-immediate-post-concussion-assessment-and-cognitive-testing-impact-in-a-high-school-athlete-population
#16
Kathryn L Higgins, Robert L Denney, Arthur Maerlender
The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computerized neuropsychological test battery commonly used to assess cognitive functioning after a concussion. It is recommended that application of ImPACT utilizes a baseline administration so athletes have an individualized baseline with which to compare post-injury results should they sustain a concussion. It has been suggested that athletes may provide suboptimal effort, called "sandbagging," in order to return to their baseline cognitive scores, and thus to play, more quickly...
December 19, 2016: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984100/air-puff-induced-vocalizations-a-novel-approach-to-detecting-negative-affective-state-following-concussion-in-rats
#17
Jenny R Browning, Ashley C Whiteman, Lai Yee Leung, Xi-Chun May Lu, Deborah A Shear
BACKGROUND: Negative emotional states resulting from concussion are of increasing concern. In the current study, we developed a model to investigate negative affect following concussion in the projectile concussive injury (PCI) model. High frequency ultrasonic vocalizations (22kHz USVs) are associated with negative affective stimuli in rats. Changes in negative affective state were examined following PCI using a mild air-puff stimulus to elicit 22kHz USVs. NEW METHOD: Forty-eight hours post-injury animals were placed into a clean acrylic box lined with bedding...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974074/sex-related-differences-in-emotion-recognition-in-multi-concussed-athletes
#18
Edith Léveillé, Samuel Guay, Caroline Blais, Peter Scherzer, Louis De Beaumont
OBJECTIVES: Concussion is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain. Although the cumulative and long-term effects of multiple concussions are now well documented on cognitive and motor function, little is known about their effects on emotion recognition. Recent studies have suggested that concussion can result in emotional sequelae, particularly in females and multi-concussed athletes. The objective of this study was to investigate sex-related differences in emotion recognition in asymptomatic male and female multi-concussed athletes...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959745/driving-after-concussion-is-it-safe-to-drive-after-symptoms-resolve
#19
Julianne D Schmidt, Nicole L Hoffman, Maud Ranchet, L Stephen Miller, Phillip D Tomporowski, Abiodun E Akinwuntan, Hannes Devos
Post-concussion impairments may result in unsafe driving performance, but little research is available to guide consensus on when concussed individuals should return to driving. The purpose of this study was to compare driving performance between individuals with and without a concussion and to explore relationships between neuropsychological and driving performance. Fourteen participants with concussion (Age:20.2±0.9yo) and 14 non-concussed age and driving experience matched controls (Age:20.4±1.1yo) completed a graded symptom checklist, a brief neuropsychological exam, and a 20...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955874/driving-after-adolescent-concussion-advice-from-nurse-practitioners-in-the-absence-of-standardized-recommendations
#20
Tracy A Klein, Janessa M Graves, Jasmine Y Graham
INTRODUCTION: Nurse practitioners (NPs) are authorized to manage concussion recovery. Common adolescent activities, like driving, are omitted from guidelines. We investigated NP driving guidance and its clinical basis for restriction or limitation following adolescent concussion. METHOD: NPs completed a web-based questionnaire after viewing a scripted video scenario of an adolescent describing symptoms of concussion occurring 72 hours prior. Driving recommendations were collected using an open-ended query, then coded and categorized by type, characteristic, and basis...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
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