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


Glasgow Coma scale and TBI

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was created in 1974 by academics Bryan Jennet and Graham Teasdale to evaluate coma and impaired consciousness in an emergency setting. The scale employs three clinical findings: eye response, motor (muscle) response and verbal response. Scores ranged from 3 (deep coma) to 15 (fully aware). The desire was to create… Continue Reading


Neuropsychologists and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

As I have discussed in previous blogs, there is often no definitive test to detect a traumatic brain injury (TBI). CT scans and MRI scans are extremely insensitive to detecting brain injuries unless those injuries are severe. Glasgow coma scales which are used to assess a patient’s awareness in the emergency room immediately after accident… Continue Reading


Pink Concussions

I attended a three day medical conference in Houston this week. The subject was Traumatic Brain Injury. The conference was attended by hundreds of professionals- I was the only ophthalmologist in attendance. Am I proud, or unhappy about this state of affairs? A little of both. So I learned something new, something that should have… 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


Traumatic Brain Injury and the African American Population

Population statistics show that African Americans are more likely to suffer brain injuries than other Americans as a percentage of their population. Thus, being African American is a risk factor for concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is especially true among African American males. The reasons behind this trend are obviously complex, but this… Continue Reading


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