Concussions http://wesa.fm en Can Texting Lead To Better Concussion Treatments? http://wesa.fm/post/can-texting-lead-better-concussion-treatments <p>Text messaging can serve a variety of purposes, from casually chatting with friends to ordering a pizza, but what about monitoring concussion symptoms?</p><p>Some, like researcher Stephanie Huang think it could be a tool for providing more personalized health care.</p><p>Thanks to a grant from the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation, the first-year student from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is coming to Pittsburgh to see if texting is a more effective way of getting patients to monitor their own concussion treatments.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:17:41 +0000 Michael Lynch 26367 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Testing New Method To Better 'See' Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-testing-new-method-better-see-concussions <p>From major league athletes to children, more than 1.7 million Americans sustain concussions each year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why the University of Pittsburgh and </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received a $300,000 grant from General Electric and the NFL for a project to find a better way to “see” concussions.</span></p><p>The Pitt researchers are testing high definition fiber-tracking (HDFT) to determine if it can accurately and consistently aid in determining a diagnosis of concussion and injury prognosis.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:15:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 23247 at http://wesa.fm Banning Contact Sports for Young Players http://wesa.fm/post/banning-contact-sports-young-players <p>Robert Morris University<a href="http://www.rmu.edu/PollingInstitute/HeadInjuriesinMind"> recently reported </a>that nearly half of all Americans say they would favor a ban on contact football for kids that have not yet entered middle school.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer emeritus, <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/">Bob Dvorchak</a> said on Essential Pittsburgh, “I think it speaks to the heightened awareness of head injuries on all levels of sports and especially youth sports.” Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:50:04 +0000 Heather McClain 20029 at http://wesa.fm Banning Contact Sports for Young Players Support for Ban on Contact in Youth Football Growing, Survey Shows http://wesa.fm/post/support-ban-contact-youth-football-growing-survey-shows <p>Nearly half of all Americans say they would favor a ban on contact in youth football among kids that have not yet entered middle school. The 47.6 percent number comes from a recent survey released Thursday by Robert Morris University.</p><p>That number falls to 40.5 percent when the age is increased to high school.&nbsp;</p><p>Among males who played football in their youth, the percentage slips to 44.3 for a ban prior to middle school and 38.2 for a ban prior to high school.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:51:01 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19778 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology http://wesa.fm/post/innovative-concussion-evaluation-technology <p>According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 2 million people each year suffer from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.</p><p>In the sports world, concussions have been in the limelight as athletes come forward with reports of lasting affects from the brain injuries they sustained while playing. As a result, the sports community is becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to properly treat a concussion and gather as much data as possible close to the time of impact.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3logix.com/">C3 Logix</a> is a new, innovative concussion evaluation technology that provides on site data collection at the time of injury, to better aid physicians in diagnosis and treatment. The program is loaded into an iPad and before the season starts, athletes perform a series of neurocognitive tests. The program tracks the athlete’s visual reflexes and their ability to focus on moving objects. Results of these baseline tests can then be compared to data logged in incident reports at the time of suspected brain injury. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Katie Martin 17139 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology New Technology for Managing Concussions Being Used in Southwestern PA http://wesa.fm/post/new-technology-managing-concussions-being-used-southwestern-pa <p>New mobile technology being used by the Allegheny Health Network will allow physicians to better diagnose and treat concussions.</p><p>C3 Logix uses a computerized neurocognitive exam through a unique iPad app. The iPad is strapped to a patient’s back and can detect even minute movement.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:50:58 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16885 at http://wesa.fm New Technology for Managing Concussions Being Used in Southwestern PA Reducing the Impact of Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/reducing-impact-concussions <p>Americans have become <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/varsity-xtra-numbers-game-rosters-dwindle-with-concussions-as-culprit-702197/">increasingly concerned</a> about contact sports and whether they should be played by children.</p><p>Dr. Anthony Kontos, UPMC Concussion Program Assistant Director of Research, says this may be a knee jerk reaction to increased awareness of injuries and recent NFL <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-09-04/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-concussion-settlement-lawsuit-revenue">lawsuits</a>.</p><p>His <a href="http://www.upmc.com/Services/sports-medicine/services/concussion/Pages/default.aspx">latest research</a> focuses on concussions in youth football for players under the age of 12. The studies confirm that concussions primarily occur during games. One finding that Kontos says may surprise people is the fact that 8, 9 and 10-year-olds who’ve played tackle football incur fewer concussions than previously thought. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:45:03 +0000 Nick Frost 16227 at http://wesa.fm Reducing the Impact of Concussions Study Finds Similar Abnormalities in the Brains of Concussion, Alzheimer's Patients http://wesa.fm/post/study-finds-similar-abnormalities-brains-concussion-alzheimers-patients <p>A study out of the University of Pittsburgh has found similar brain abnormalities in concussion and Alzheimer’s disease patients.</p><p>Saaed Fakran, an assistant professor of neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the study, said it's too early to make any conclusions based on this research, but he hopes to follow up on it.</p><p>The study looked at concussion patients ranging in age from 12 to 28 who have had some sort of trauma, persistent abnormality but have a conventional CT and MRI.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:26:10 +0000 Erika Beras 11607 at http://wesa.fm