Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Parkinson’s Disease

There has been much discussion of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its association with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Most of this material has been covered in previous blogs. The evidence on Parkinson’s Disease has been less clear but a recent study headed by researchers from U.C. San… Continue Reading


Potential Blood Test Identifies Concussion

An April 20 research article out of the University of California, Irvine in collaboration with other major universities has identified a panel of 6 plasma blood test markers to help diagnose acute concussion. One purpose of this blog is to provide up-to-date scientific information on traumatic brain injury (TBI), to the general public in a… Continue Reading


Diffuse Tensor imaging and TBI

I have previously discussed the role of standard CT scans and MRI scans of the brain. Both methods are highly insensitive in detecting brain injury from concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). They will only detect bleeding in the brain, and this is only present in a small percentage of cases of brain injury. A… Continue Reading


Seniors, Vision, and Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the World Health Organization, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be ranked as a major cause of death and disability in the world. In the USA, 155,000 seniors will suffer TBIs and probably many more, unrecognized mild TBIs. So why talk about seniors (or patients over 65)? Everybody gets into automobile accidents, everybody falls.… Continue Reading


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Children

This week the The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a detailed report to Congress describing the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on children. This blog has been committed to providing the latest news on a very hot topic. The public is paying attention, and Congress wanted answers. The news is not good. Children… Continue Reading


Head Hits, Not Concussion, Can Cause Brain Injury

A January 18th, 2018 article from the Washington Post describes recent medical research where head injuries without concussion symptoms can cause brain damage. This is a new finding and an important distinction. The terms “concussion” and “TBI” (traumatic brain injury) often get mixed together. The medical thinking has been that when a person gets hit… Continue Reading


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