Can an Injured Brain Be Repaired?

I have to admit that I lost some hope when I found out that stem cell research for brain and spinal cord injuries had ground to a halt. There were a number of advances being made in the mid to late 1990’s by Swedish scientists. Political upheaval due to public protest had put a stop to the research. My own brother had severe physical problems after a stroke at the age of 31. I had a strong belief that stem cell research and other similar research would help him. Here is what I found out. Promises in Science After much…

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Bringing the Brain Back to Normal

Every single organ in the human body is important but the brain is the control center for all and when it is damaged, bodily and mental functions diminish depending on the extent of damage. After my father suffered traumatic brain injury from a car accident, I wondered what can be done for people with brain injuries and those with neurodegenerative diseases and decided to do some research. Do Brain Cells Regenerate? The first thing I discovered is that any of the connections in the brain can be reformed if there is damage to it and even some areas of the…

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Will a CTE Test on the Living Soon Be Possible?

It is a shadow that does not appear to be diminishing anytime soon. Discussing football and the NFL is difficult without mentioning CTE at some point. Hundreds of deceased former players are now diagnosed as having the condition when they were alive. Many former players openly wonder whether they have CTE, given they demonstrate some of the symptoms. What if there was soon a test the living could take to determine if they had CTE? Would such a test change the perception of CTE in the sport? Testing for CTE in the Living The first case of CTE in a…

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CTE Diagnosis Emerges Among Former High School and College Players

Only a couple years ago, people assumed the brain injury known as CTE was only a problem in the NFL. But recent data is showing that it may be a far more widespread issue. The idea that someone could get CTE while playing high school football is startling. But it is what recent studies are revealing. Former high school and college players whose brains were tested for CTE came back with surprising results. Here is a breakdown of that information. Test Results for CTE in Former Athletes A study released a year ago assessed the brains of 202 former football…

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Cause of CTE: Is it Hits to the Head or Concussions?

It became conventional wisdom that concussions were the major cause for CTE. The focus became the major hits that athletes were taking in sports such as football. Experts feared too many of those major concussions is what developed into CTE. But new research has flipped that hypothesis around. It may be hits to the head that lead to CTE, not major concussions. Concussions are Irrelevant to Triggering CTE The major concussions that athletes suffer while playing may not be what is causing them to develop the condition known as CTE. Much has been made about CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy,…

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