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3 Recent Concussion Breakthroughs

Concussions are mysterious to many of us but medical science is getting better at understanding how to test, treat, and aid recovery from them. Here are three recent breakthroughs you should know about – two of them from right here in Canada. New blood test for concussions A Canadian team of researchers have made a…
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Back to School Safety Tips for Motorists

Our children are walking and cycling to school, and for some it is the first time. Vancouver Police are reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention in school zones. According to The Province, police and speed watch volunteers are strictly enforcing the 30-km/h speed limit in school zones between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.…
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Will Smith’s New Movie “Concussion” Horrifies NFL

This Christmas, SONY pictures will release a film titled Concussion, a drama capturing the struggles Dr. Bennett Omalu endured after discovering a pattern of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in autopsies of former professional football players. CTE is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that results in a wide range of devastating symptoms including depression, Parkinsonism, dementia,…
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Ann McKee is the woman at the forefront of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research.  She is a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine and director of Boston University’s CTE Center. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes who have endured repetitive head trauma. Because of the NFL…
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CTE Strikes Soccer

Patrick Grange from Albuquerque, New Mexico has become the first soccer player to be diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Grange took up the sport at age three and went on to play in college and in top amateur leagues. Grange died in April 2012 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). CTE was confirmed by Boston University’s…
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First Concussion Alters “Microstructure” of Brain in Young Athletes

Research led by Canadian concussion specialist Dr. Paul Echlin proves that all it takes is one concussion to alter the brains of young athletes. Working in collaboration with neuroscientists around the world, Echlin analyzed the brains of 45 male and female hockey players aged 19-26. MRI imaging revealed microscopic changes that could be linked to…
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The ‘Holy Grail’ of CTE Research?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the degenerative brain disease diagnosed in an increasing number of ex-NFL football players. It's linked to depression and dementia. There is no cure. Until now, CTE has only been diagnosed in post-mortem autopsies. A diagnosis is made when an examination of the brain reveals a buildup of an abnormal protein call…
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