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Chen Tianqiao could easily be mistaken for someone enjoying retirement. It’s not just his attire: a short-sleeved white shirt with a floral pattern down the middle, relaxed blue trousers, a pair of camo sneakers. Chen, who founded the online gaming company Shanda in 1999 and piloted it to an IPO in 2004, could enjoy an early retirement if he wanted. As China’s first true internet tycoon, he was a billionaire by age 30. And then he disappeared.

In 2010, Chen moved to Singapore with his family and took Shanda private while selling off what shares he still owned in its subsidiary companies. He wouldn’t have been the first dotcom billionaire to get out of the game young and spend the rest of his life enjoying his money. But that’s not why Chen stepped away from the business world. In the mid-2000s, when Shanda was at its peak, he began suffering intense, debilitating anxiety attacks that were compounded by a cancer scare. “I remember some nights, I wake up, and my heart is going boom, boom, boom,” Chen says. “I realized something terrible was happening to me.” The only way to survive was to leave the company he had created.

After spending several years in Singapore researching his next act, Chen decided on philanthropy with a very specific focus: the brain. Chen has set aside $1 billion to fund research on neuroscience, including $115 million to create the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Altogether it’s one of the biggest gifts ever devoted to foundational scientific research, and Chen and his wife have since moved to Silicon Valley to oversee their giving.

Read more about this intriguing brain research philanthropist.
Common measures may be poor indicators of injury severity
in the geriatric population.
Most older adults recover well from traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to research presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. Compared with younger patients, older adults endorse less independence after injury, but are less likely to report TBI-related neurobehavioral symptoms. A greater burden of preinjury disability among the elderly may explain these apparently conflicting results, according to the researchers.

Geriatric TBI is “a silent and growing epidemic,” said Raquel Gardner, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. Older adults have the highest incidence of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths, according to 2013 data from the CDC. Most research has indicated that this population has worse outcomes of TBI than younger populations do. Few studies, however, have examined age-related differences in neurobehavioral outcomes of TBI.

To address this gap in the literature, Dr. Gardner and colleagues examined data from the TRACK-TBI pilot study.

Eligible patients presented to participating trauma centers within 24 hours of sustaining a TBI that was severe enough to warrant head CT.

CLICK HERE to see what Dr. Garnder discovered.
Over time, headache frequency diminished in those with mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic headache.
Among a cohort of recently deployed soldiers, headaches were frequent but were more severe, frequent, and migrainous if associated with concussion, according to a report presented at the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society.

At one-year follow-up, headache frequency had decreased in soldiers with posttraumatic headache (PTH) but remained higher in this group than in those whose headaches were presumed to be unrelated to head injury, said Ann I. Scher, PhD, Director and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues.

“There are limited data on the phenotypic differences between headaches related to mild traumatic brain injury and ‘regular’ headaches,” Dr. Scher said. “A better understanding of the posttraumatic headache phenotype will inform the design of interventional studies for this difficult to treat population.”

Dr. Scher and colleagues designed a study to compare headache features and one-year prognosis in a cohort of recently deployed soldiers with and without a recent history of a deployment-related mild traumatic brain injury (ie, concussion).

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An award-winning and prolific writer, Cathy Crimmins published more than 20 books and numerous magazine articles over the course of her career. She got her start as a social satirist and humorist with an article in the Philadelphia City Paper in 1983 about "young aspiring professionals," which inspired her first book, YAP: The Official Young Aspiring Professionals Fast-Track Handbook. She trained her biting wit and unerring eye for social trends on subjects ranging from motherhood to Madonna to Newt Gingrich. She co-wrote Rain Pryor's autobiography, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2007.

Her book, Where Is the Mango Princess?, published in 2000, tells the harrowing story of her husband's traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its aftereffects. Her brutally honest account of the impact of brain injury on survivors and their families made Ms. Crimmins an acclaimed speaker and advocate for TBI families and earned the Outstanding Book Award for General Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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