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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916406/cortical-excitability-after-pediatric-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Trevor A Seeger, Adam Kirton, Michael J Esser, Clare Gallagher, Jeff Dunn, Ephrem Zewdie, Omar Damji, Patrick Ciechanski, Karen M Barlow
INTRODUCTION: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) outcomes are variable, and 10-15% may suffer from prolonged symptoms beyond 3 months that impair the child's return to normal activities. Neurophysiological mechanisms of mTBI are incompletely understood, particularly in children, but alterations in cortical excitability have been proposed to underlie post-concussion syndrome. Improved understanding is required to advance interventions and improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To determine if cortical excitability is altered in children with mTBI, and its association with clinical symptoms...
November 19, 2016: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913365/portable-mtbi-assessment-using-temporal-and-frequency-analysis-of-speech
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Louis Daudet, Nikhil Yadav, Matthew Perez, Christian Poellabauer, Sandra Schneider, Alan Huebner
This paper shows that extraction and analysis of various acoustic features from speech using mobile devices can allow the detection of patterns that could be indicative of neurological trauma. This may pave the way for new types of biomarkers and diagnostic tools. Toward this end, we created a mobile application designed to diagnose mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) such as concussions. Using this application, data was collected from youth athletes from 47 high schools and colleges in the the Midwestern United States...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889010/neuropsychiatric-aspects-of-concussion
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REVIEW
Rajiv Radhakrishnan, Amir Garakani, Lawrence S Gross, Marcia K Goin, Janet Pine, Andrew E Slaby, Calvin R Sumner, David A Baron
Over the past decade, concussion has become the most widely discussed injury in contact sports. However, concussions also occur in several other settings, such as non-contact sports, elderly individuals, young children, military personnel, and victims of domestic violence. Concussion is frequently undiagnosed as a cause of psychiatric morbidity, especially when the patient has no history of loss of consciousness or direct head trauma. Almost all of the extant literature focuses on traumatic brain injury and assumes that concussion is merely a mild form of traumatic brain injury, which has resulted in a lack of understanding about what concussion is, and how to diagnose, monitor, and treat its varied neuropsychiatric symptoms...
December 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853132/traumatic-brain-injuries
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Kaj Blennow, David L Brody, Patrick M Kochanek, Harvey Levin, Ann McKee, Gerard M Ribbers, Kristine Yaffe, Henrik Zetterberg
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are clinically grouped by severity: mild, moderate and severe. Mild TBI (the least severe form) is synonymous with concussion and is typically caused by blunt non-penetrating head trauma. The trauma causes stretching and tearing of axons, which leads to diffuse axonal injury - the best-studied pathogenetic mechanism of this disorder. However, mild TBI is defined on clinical grounds and no well-validated imaging or fluid biomarkers to determine the presence of neuronal damage in patients with mild TBI is available...
November 17, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793189/microglial-neuroinflammation-contributes-to-tau-accumulation-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
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Jonathan D Cherry, Yorghos Tripodis, Victor E Alvarez, Bertrand Huber, Patrick T Kiernan, Daniel H Daneshvar, Jesse Mez, Philip H Montenigro, Todd M Solomon, Michael L Alosco, Robert A Stern, Ann C McKee, Thor D Stein
The chronic effects of repetitive head impacts (RHI) on the development of neuroinflammation and its relationship to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are unknown. Here we set out to determine the relationship between RHI exposure, neuroinflammation, and the development of hyperphosphorylated tau (ptau) pathology and dementia risk in CTE. We studied a cohort of 66 deceased American football athletes from the Boston University-Veteran's Affairs-Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank as well as 16 non-athlete controls...
October 28, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761129/functional-structural-and-neurotoxicity-biomarkers-in-integrative-assessment-of-concussions
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Svetlana A Dambinova, Joseph C Maroon, Alicia M Sufrinko, John David Mullins, Eugenia V Alexandrova, Alexander A Potapov
Concussion is a complex, heterogeneous process affecting the brain. Accurate assessment and diagnosis and appropriate management of concussion are essential to ensure that athletes do not prematurely return to play or others to work or active military duty, risking re-injury. To date, clinical diagnosis relies primarily on evaluating subjects for functional impairment using instruments that include neurocognitive testing, subjective symptom report, and neurobehavioral assessments, such as balance and vestibular-ocular reflex testing...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750470/controls-can-t-be-ignored
#7
W Frank Peacock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741219/statements-of-agreement-from-the-targeted-evaluation-and-active-management-team-approaches-to-treating-concussion-meeting-held-in-pittsburgh-october-15-16-2015
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Michael W Collins, Anthony P Kontos, David O Okonkwo, Jon Almquist, Julian Bailes, Mark Barisa, Jeffrey Bazarian, O Josh Bloom, David L Brody, Robert Cantu, Javier Cardenas, Jay Clugston, Randall Cohen, Ruben Echemendia, R J Elbin, Richard Ellenbogen, Janna Fonseca, Gerard Gioia, Kevin Guskiewicz, Robert Heyer, Gillian Hotz, Grant L Iverson, Barry Jordan, Geoffrey Manley, Joseph Maroon, Thomas McAllister, Michael McCrea, Anne Mucha, Elizabeth Pieroth, Kenneth Podell, Matthew Pombo, Teena Shetty, Allen Sills, Gary Solomon, Danny G Thomas, Tamara C Valovich McLeod, Tony Yates, Ross Zafonte
BACKGROUND: Conventional management for concussion involves prescribed rest and progressive return to activity. Recent evidence challenges this notion and suggests that active approaches may be effective for some patients. Previous concussion consensus statements provide limited guidance regarding active treatment. OBJECTIVE: To describe the current landscape of treatment for concussion and to provide summary agreements related to treatment to assist clinicians in the treatment of concussion...
December 2016: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712117/clinical-relevance-of-midline-fluid-percussion-brain-injury-acute-deficits-chronic-morbidities-and-the-utility-of-biomarkers
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Jonathan Lifshitz, Rachel K Rowe, Daniel R Griffiths, Megan N Evilsizor, Theresa C Thomas, P David Adelson, Tracy K McIntosh
BACKGROUND: After 30 years of characterisation and implementation, fluid percussion injury (FPI) is firmly recognised as one of the best-characterised reproducible and clinically relevant models of TBI, encompassing concussion through diffuse axonal injury (DAI). Depending on the specific injury parameters (e.g. injury site, mechanical force), FPI can model diffuse TBI with or without a focal component and may be designated as mild-to-severe according to the chosen mechanical forces and resulting acute neurological responses...
August 11, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698651/diffusion-tensor-imaging-findings-in-post-concussion-syndrome-patients-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review
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Edrea Khong, Nicole Odenwald, Eyesha Hashim, Michael D Cusimano
OBJECTIVES: To review the evidence for the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameters in the human brain as a diagnostic tool for and predictor of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) after a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). DESIGN: Systematic review. DATA SOURCES: All relevant studies in AMED, Embase, MEDLINE, Ovid, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science through 20 May, 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Studies that analyze traditional DTI measures [fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), radial diffusivity (RD), and axial diffusivity (AD)] and the severity of PCS symptoms or the development of PCS in humans after an mTBI...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671123/concussion-and-its-neurobehavioural-sequelae
#11
Silvana Riggio, Andy Jagoda
A concussion results from a force to the brain that results in a transient loss of connectivity within the brain. Sport psychiatrists are increasingly called to be part of the concussion team and need to be prepared to manage issues related to concussion and its behavioural sequelae. Objectively, the best evidence available suggests that deficits in attention and/or in balance are the most reliable objective findings that a concussion has occurred. Prognosis after a concussion is generally very good, although a sub-set of patients that are yet well defined seem pre-disposed to delayed recovery...
September 27, 2016: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632903/fluid-biomarkers-for-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-related-conditions
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REVIEW
Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow
Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, remain a major unmet clinical need. Moderate to severe TBI can be diagnosed definitively by clinical assessment and standard neuroimaging techniques that detect the gross damage to the brain parenchyma. Diagnostic tools for mild TBI are lacking and, currently, the diagnosis has to be made on clinical grounds alone, because most patients show no gross pathological changes on CT. Most patients with mild TBI recover quickly, but about 15% develop an ill-defined condition called postconcussive syndrome (PCS)...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27498963/smartphone-enabled-optofluidic-exosome-diagnostic-for-concussion-recovery
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Jina Ko, Matthew A Hemphill, David Gabrieli, Leon Wu, Venkata Yelleswarapu, Gladys Lawrence, Wesley Pennycooke, Anup Singh, Dave F Meaney, David Issadore
A major impediment to improving the treatment of concussion is our current inability to identify patients that will experience persistent problems after the injury. Recently, brain-derived exosomes, which cross the blood-brain barrier and circulate following injury, have shown great potential as a noninvasive biomarker of brain recovery. However, clinical use of exosomes has been constrained by their small size (30-100 nm) and the extensive sample preparation (>24 hr) needed for traditional exosome measurements...
August 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27458972/altered-blood-biomarker-profiles-in-athletes-with-a-history-of-repetitive-head-impacts
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Alex P Di Battista, Shawn G Rhind, Doug Richards, Nathan Churchill, Andrew J Baker, Michael G Hutchison
The long-term health effects of concussion and sub-concussive impacts in sport are unknown. Growing evidence suggests both inflammation and neurodegeneration are pivotal to secondary injury processes and the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases. In the present study we characterized circulating brain injury and inflammatory mediators in healthy male and female athletes according to concussion history and collision sport participation. Eighty-seven university level athletes (male, n = 60; female, n = 27) were recruited before the start of the competitive season...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27416022/are-uch-l1-and-gfap-promising-biomarkers-for-children-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Tara Rhine, Lynn Babcock, Nanhua Zhang, James Leach, Shari L Wade
OBJECTIVES: To compare serum biomarker levels between children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and orthopaedic injury (OI), acutely following injury. Secondarily, to explore the association between biomarker levels and symptom burden over 1 month post-injury. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of children aged 11-16 years who presented to the emergency department within 6 hours of sustaining mTBI or isolated extremity OI. Serum was drawn at the time of study enrollment and levels of ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) and glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP) were analysed...
2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27399463/184%C3%A2-interrelationships-among-neuroimaging-biomarkers-neuropsychological-test-data-and-symptom-reporting-in-a-cohort-of-retired-national-football-league-players
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Andrew W Kuhn, Scott L Zuckerman, Gary Solomon, Ira Casson
INTRODUCTION: Repetitive brain trauma (RBT) in American football has become a topic of recent interest. The objective of this study was to assess the interrelationships among neuroimaging findings with neurocognitive test performance and symptom endorsement in a cohort of retired professional (National Football League [NFL]) football players. METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were performed in 45 retired NFL players. Three neuroimaging parameters were recorded by blinded, board-certified neuroradiologists: (1) the absence or presence of small or large cavum septum pellucidum; (2) a global mean score of fractional anisotropy (FA); and (3) the presence or absence of microhemorrhages (microbleeds)...
August 2016: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27360676/eye-tracking-as-a-biomarker-for-concussion-in-pediatric-patients-1851-board-3-june-2-2-00-pm-3-30-pm
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Christina Lin Master, Abdullah Bin Zahid, Julia Lockyer, Eileen Houseknecht, Vikalpa Dammavalam, Matthew Grady, Michael Nance, Uzma Samadani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27242655/temporal-profile-of-cerebrovascular-reactivity-impairment-gray-matter-volumes-and-persistent-symptoms-after-mild-traumatic-head-injury
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Leodante da Costa, Christiaan Bas van Niftrik, David Crane, Jorn Fierstra, Allison Bethune
OBJECTIVE: Increased awareness around neurocognitive deficits after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has progressed the search for objective, diagnostic, and monitoring tools, yet imaging biomarkers for mTBI and recovery are not established in clinical use. It has been suggested that mTBI impairs cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) to CO2, which could be related to post-concussive syndrome (PCS). We investigate CVR evolution after mTBI using blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and possible correlation with PCS...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27188579/a-historical-perspective-on-sports-concussion-where-we-have-been-and-where-we-are-going
#19
REVIEW
Vernon B Williams, Ilan J Danan
The approach to sports concussion diagnosis and management has been evolving at an unprecedented rate over the last several years. So much so, that committees at all level of sports have implemented concussion protocols and made adjustments to certain league rules in an effort to minimize the risk of head injury. With this newfound attention has come an even greater push by the scientific community to address the many questions that remain. The aim of this review article is to present the topic of sports concussion by means of discreet eras...
June 2016: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27184060/the-pathophysiology-of-concussion
#20
REVIEW
Meeryo C Choe
Concussion is a significant issue in medicine and the media today. With growing interest on the long-term effects of sports participation, it is important to understand what occurs in the brain after an impact of any degree. While some of the basic pathophysiology has been elucidated, much is still unknown about what happens in the brain after traumatic brain injury, particularly with milder injuries where no damage can be seen at the structural level on standard neuroimaging. Understanding the chain of events from a cellular level using studies investigating more severe injuries can help to drive research efforts in understanding the symptomatology that is seen in the acute phase after concussion, as well as point to mechanisms that may underlie persistent post-concussive symptoms...
June 2016: Current Pain and Headache Reports
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