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Research now shows it is best to reduce, but not eliminate, a return to some physical and cognitive activity after concussion.
An estimated 1.1 million to 1.9 million U.S. children and teens are treated for a recreational or sport-related concussion every year, and yet the true number of youth concussions likely remains underreported, according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

In its first update in eight years, the AAP cites the latest research into the incidence and treatment of these injuries in the clinical report, Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents ,”  published in the December issue of Pediatrics (published online Nov. 12). 
Research shows that sport-related concussion remains common in nearly all sports at all levels, with boys’ tackle football and girls’ soccer reporting the most incidents, followed by other high-contact sports.

“While more families, physicians and coaches are aware of the health risks of a blow to the head - and more concussions are being reported - we remain concerned about players who try to tough it out without seeking help,” said Mark E. Halstead, MD, FAAP, lead author of the clinical report. “We know from surveys that many high school athletes will continue to play after a head injury out of fear they won’t be allowed back on the field.”

Over the past few years, guidance on treatment and recovery of injured players has evolved. The AAP report reflects the latest research on recommendations, which now call for reducing – but not eliminating – a return to some physical and cognitive activity in the days following a concussion.

Effective management of the injury can shorten recovery time and potentially reduce the risk of long-term symptoms and complications that interfere with school, social life, family relationships and emotional well-being.

“Athletes absolutely need to take an immediate break from play after a concussion, but we find that, during the recovery process, it is best to encourage a reasonable amount of activity, such as brisk walking,” said Dr. Halstead, an associate professor of pediatrics and of orthopedics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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On an evening in March 2018, successful music executive, Nuel Cho, was out in Los Angeles with three friends, two of whom were longtime acquaintances from Korea, where he was raised.
After a few hours catching up, the friends waited for taxies to head home. Nuel insisted his friends jump in the first set of taxis and he continued walking down the street to find another cab.

“That’s the last thing I can remember,” Nuel said.
In a shocking turn of events, Nuel was found by police at 10 a.m. the following morning, after he reportedly experienced blunt force trauma to the right side of his head, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Surprisingly, the accomplished businessman was no stranger to the realities of urban streets. In Korea, Nuel experienced incidences that he believes were influenced by the social constructs of Korean hip-hop culture.

Nevertheless, Nuel followed his passion for the music scene and moved to the US to attend New York University and intern for the rap group Gang Starr.

Nuel continued to climb the industry's corporate ladder, holding positions at major record labels before landing his current role as Vice President at Sony Music Entertainment in Los Angeles.

After Nuel’s incident, he stabilized at a hospital and spent time at the California Rehabilitation Institute before beginning treatment at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Los Angeles.
“Nuel had mild to moderately impaired upper extremity coordination, and mild visual perceptual and ocular motor deficits,” said Jessica Remenaric, CNS case manager.

“His cognitive deficits were the biggest concern. He had difficulty sustaining attention and memory, which impacted his overall problem-solving.”

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New research holds the promise of individualized treatments
for such diseases as Alzheimer’s.
U CLA biologists have discovered how head injuries adversely affect individual cells and genes that can lead to serious brain disorders. The life scientists provide the first cell “atlas” of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory — when it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The team also proposes gene candidates for treating brain diseases associated with traumatic brain injury, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The researchers studied more than 6,000 cells in 15 hippocampal cell types — the first study of individual cell types subject to brain trauma. Each cell has the same DNA, but which genes are activated varies among different cell types. Among the 15 cell types are two that were previously unknown, each with a unique set of active genes.

“Every cell type is different,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and of integrative biology and physiology, and co-senior author of  the study , which was published in the journal Nature Communications.

The biologists found that hundreds of genes are adversely affected by mild traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. These altered genes can later lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.

The researchers reproduced a concussion-like brain injury in mice, and studied other mice that did not receive a brain injury. The researchers analyzed thousands of cells in the hippocampus of both groups of mice.

Among their findings:

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“What if today,
we were grateful for everything?


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