Scientists uncover a new role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage

Scientists uncover a new role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage While the role of the blood-brain barrier has long been appreciated for its ability to maintain precise control over what molecules can enter the nervous system, very little is known about how the cells that form the barrier influence the function of […]

Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids

Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids University of Rochester researchers have been at the forefront of efforts to understand how blows to the head impact the brain, including how concussions change brain structure . Now researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience have found that kids who […]

Surprising culprit worsens stroke, TBI damage

Surprising culprit worsens stroke, TBI damage A new study provides for the first time the surprising evidence that four common nonexcitatory amino acids that usually make proteins which are essential to brain function, instead cause irreversible, destructive swelling of both the astrocytes that support neurons and the neurons themselves in the aftermath of stroke, TBI. […]

Neuroscientists create maps of the brain after traumatic brain injury

Neuroscientists create maps of the brain after traumatic brain injury Scientists from the University of California, Irvine have discovered that an injury to one part of the brain changes the connections between nerve cells across the entire brain. The new research was published this week in Nature Communications. Every year in the United States, nearly […]

Investigational drug fosters nerve repair after injury

Investigational drug fosters nerve repair after injury Scientists from the University of Birmingham have shown that a brain-penetrating candidate drug currently in development as a cancer therapy can foster regeneration of damaged nerves after spinal trauma. The research, published today in Clinical and Translational Medicine, used cell and animal models to demonstrate that when taken […]

Research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment

Research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment Scientists from the University of Birmingham have shown an existing drug may reduce damage after spinal cord injury, by blocking the inflammatory response in the spinal cord. Their research, published today in Clinical and Translational Medicine, demonstrates that AZD1236, a drug developed by AstraZeneca, can significantly reduce […]

Concussion symptoms in children may have multiple underlying causes

Concussion symptoms in children may have multiple underlying causes Different types of brain damage caused by a concussion may lead to similar symptoms in children, according to research led by McGill University. A new way of studying concussions could help develop future treatments. While most children fully recover after a concussion, some will have lasting […]

Concussions affect children’s brains even after symptoms subside

Concussions affect children’s brains even after symptoms subside Brain changes in children who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, persist for months following injury — even after the symptoms of the injury are gone, according to a study published in the December 12 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings highlight […]

Children with brain injury often misdiagnosed

Children with brain injury often misdiagnosed A new study by Tel Aviv University, Kaplan Medical Center and Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh) found that one in four children (25.3%) who have been discharged from the emergency room after a mild head injury are misdiagnosed and continue to suffer from persistent post-concussion syndrome for many years. […]

PET Scans Now Identify Brain Disease In Living NFL Players

PET Scans Now Identify Brain Disease In Living NFL Players A group of researchers from UCLA are using PET scans to recognize chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living NFL players. The scans show the presence of tau proteins linked to CTE. Before this, identification of the presence of this protein, which is also linked to […]