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Michael Phelan

Mild Brain Damage Can Cause Significant Behavioral Changes

Last June, I blogged about a former federal judge in Atlanta whose behavior was so bizzare (the white-haired grandfather struck up a long-term relationship witha drug dealing stripper and commenced…

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Is Brain Damage Responsible for Suicide of Another Ex-NFL Player?

As a Notre Dame and New York Giants fan, I remember well the impressive career of safety Dave Duerson. Duerson played 11 years for the Bears and Giants and was on two Super Bowl winning teams. He…

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It Takes Less Force Than One Might Think to Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can occur without a direct blow to the skull when the head either spins rapidly or accelerates quickly and then stops quickly. These rotational or acceleration/deceleration…

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Tricare Puts Profits Over Health of Brain Damaged Soldiers

The signature injury to our brave soldiers fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is traumatic brain injury, which is often the result of blast waves from roadside bombs. Studies suggest that as…

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Saline Ineffective as Treatment for Brain Trauma

Sadly, another promising therapy for brain trauma has been debunked by scientists. Paramedics have been administering highly concentrated saline solution given intravenously to victims of traumatic…

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Link to NFL Concussion Poster

Ever since my blog about the NFL Concussion Poster, I’ve received several comments and e-mails inquiring about the commercial availability of these posters. I have yet to find out where they can be…

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Whiplash Causes Brain Damage in 23% of Cases, According to New Study

A new study published in the July issue of the journal Brain Injury, (“Chiari and Whiplash Injury,” co-authored by Ezriel E. Kornel, M.D. F.A.C.S., Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., et al.)…

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NFL Concussion Poster A Must For All Locker Rooms

The National Football League will soon release a poster to be hung in all league locker rooms entitled, Concussion, A Must Read for NFL Players, Let’s Take Brain Injuries Out of Play. After years of…

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Brain Autopsy Reveals Former Bengal Henry Had Progressive Brain Damage

Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Chris Henry, died last December when he fell out of a vehicle during a domestic dispute. He was only 26 years of age. Shockingly, after performing an autopsy…

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NFL Concussion Committee Gets its Act Together

Kudos to Commissioner Goodell and the NFL for putting in place the right people to allow science to trump politics with respect to the issue of the long-term dangers from concussions. Prominent…