Brain Trauma

The connection between the brain, sleep and dementia

Last week, I talked about ongoing research on how sleep “deep cleans” your brain, as well as my participation in the National Geographic Channel’s documentary Sleepless in America. Meanwhile, our team of OHSU researchers, along with colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York, are plunging ahead with the story of the brain, sleep and dementia. We recently published an article in the journal Annals of Neurology that showed that the “brain cleaning system” is impaired in the aging … Read More

Next OHSU brain awareness lecture: fighting traumatic brain injury

The impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on society are staggering. How staggering? Consider these numbers: • Each year in the U.S., 3.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. • TBI is one of the leading causes of death and disability in America. Each year, 53,000 Americans die due to TBI. • Eight teenagers die every day in the U.S. from TBI. • There are 5 million Americans living with … Read More

Brain News Roundup: ‘Seeing’ emotions, concussions and ‘multi-tasking’

Scientists can now see “sad” and “happy” in our brains. More news on the impact of concussions, including long-term impacts. And a roundup of more brain news, including fatherhood and our (mistaken) belief about how well we multi-task. • Scientists have discovered a way to “see” emotions with brain imaging technology, according to a recent study. Beyond being just plain fascinating, scientists hope the findings could bring a new way to analyze emotions beyond people’s … Read More

Recovering from concussion: a long haul but I’m getting there

The first time I got hit was November 15, 2008, during my freshman year at Aloha High School, at basketball practice. I dove, a girl moved her knee and I smashed into it with my forehead. I was dizzy, confused, nauseated and my head was pounding. Three weeks later, I was shooting around with a friend when a basketball hit me on the head. Since I was not symptom free from my first concussion, my … Read More

What is a concussion?

Perhaps you have grown up hearing that a concussion is a bruise to the brain. Or, maybe after a hit to the head, you have been told: “You’ll be fine — you just got your bell rung.” While these are common beliefs, they are inaccurate. First, bruising suggests bleeding, and a concussed brain does not bleed. In fact, images of a concussed brain may look normal as concussions generally do not show up on MRI … Read More

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