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Sports Related Concussions and What To Do

With January bringing Winter Sports TBI Awareness into focus, listed here are a few ways to not only tell if you may be suffering from a concussion, but what your options are when seeking help:

A Comprehensive Guide to TBI’s

In light of National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight some of the key points in identifying a TBI and understanding what you can do should it occur:

MRI to Show When Concussed Athletes Should Return to Sports

Between motor vehicle crashes and sports, concussions affect millions yearly. With sports, in particular, decisions to clear athletes to go back to play are typically based on symptoms and cognitive and neurological test results. However a recent study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), has shown that while athletes may appear capable of returning to sports - they may still have abnormal cerebral blood flow (CBF) even after clinical recovery.

5 Brain Myths Debunked

You may have heard we only use a small percent of our brains or that playing classical music to babies can make them smarter - but are these and other common claims true? Find out below as we debunk some popular myths.

Nutrients for Brain Health

Genetics and exercise aren't the only things that play a role in brain health, diet is quite influential too. While researchers continue to conduct studies on the matter, results have started to pinpoint certain nutrients associated with improved cognitive function and memory.

The Effects of Stress on the Brain

In April we also recognize Stress Awareness Month- a national, cooperative effort to inform society about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, as well as harmful misconceptions. Stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand. It produces a hormone called cortisol, which in large amounts, is detrimental to many parts of the body. Researchers continue to study how elevated levels of cortisol can poorly affect learning and memory, the immune system, bone density, weight loss, cholesterol, heart disease, and more. And they’re finding out why- because stress and its accompanying cortisol production actually changes the structure of the brain over time.

Teen Binge Drinking and the Brain - Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recognizes April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Their goal is to shed light on the consequences of drinking too much and how alcohol affects the body so that people can reduce their alcohol intake and lead a healthier life.

Brain Awareness Week 2015 - Tips for Brain Health

It’s Brain Awareness Week, a global event dedicated to raising public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Founded in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the globe to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and the promise of brain research. As you age, there are many simple lifestyle habits you can adopt to maintain or potentially improve your health. These habits in the physical health and fitness, diet, cognitive activity, and social engagement categories can help to keep your brain and body healthy, potentially reducing your risk of cognitive decline: