Children’s Concussions Go Beyond Symptoms

   “At Brain Centers NW we have been advocating a functional perspective to concussion management. Here is more evidence that simply tracking symptoms is not enough and puts our children at greater risk.” Dr. David Burns       Concussions Affect Children’s Brains Even After Symptoms Subside Dec. 11, 2012 — Brain changes in children who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, persist for months following injury — even after the symptoms of the injury are gone, according to a study published in the December 12 issue of The...

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Concussions and Brain Disease

CONTACT KILLER New evidence ties repeat head injuries to brain disease Monday, December 3, 2012 Published in The Daily PHOTO: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Jovan Belcher was being treated for debilitating football-related head injuries before he killed himself on Sunday. PHOTO: Frank Eltman/AP Yamiesse Lawrence, left, and Quaresha Boston, center, a cousin and niece of Belcher, read a statement in West Babylon, N.Y., yesterday. Just two days after an NFL linebacker with a history of head injuries committed a shocking murder-suicide, a new study links more athletes than ever...

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Brain Training with Chess

Seven Brain Benefits of Playing Chess From: Online Psychology Degree Grandmaster and world chess champion Bobby Fischer is famously quoted as saying, “Chess is life.” But can this two-player game, consisting of a square checkered board and playing pieces that are moved in different ways depending on their royal or military designation, benefit your mental and physical health? Absolutely! Check out these seven surprising health benefits of playing chess and then consider your next move. Grows dendrites: Dendrites conduct signals from the neuron cells in your brain to the neuron they...

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Reprogramming The Brain’s Neural Network

In Neural Networks – Superhighways to Development, a chapter taken from Smart Moves, author, Carla Hannaford, Ph.D, explains how truly plastic our brains are. “Neural plasticity is an intrinsic, beneficial characteristic of the nervous system that gives us both the ability to learn and the ability to adapt in response to damage – to relearn.” In case of damage to neurons in the brain (concussion or brain disorder), other neurons can make connections and take over the lost function. “Whenever we engage in new behavior the brain remodels itself”, says Michael Merzenich,...

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Concussion Recovery Via The Social Network

“A distributed system represents a collection of separate dynamic assemblies of neurons with anatomical connections and similar functional properties. The operations of these assemblies are linked by their afferent and efferent messages. Signals may flow along a variety of pathways within the network. Any locus connected within the network may initiate activity, as both externally generated and internally generated signals may reenter the system. Partial lesions within the system may degrade signaling, but will not eliminate functional communication so long as dynamic reorganization...

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Concussion Recovery With A Plastic Brain

“Injuries and diseases of the brain and spinal cord damage clusters of neurons and disconnect their feedforward and feedback projections. The victims of neurologic disorders often improve, however.  Mechanisms of activity-dependent learning within spared modules of like-acting neurons are a fundamental property of the neurobiology of functional gains. Rehabilitation strategies can aim to manipulate the molecules, cells, and synapses of networks that learn to represent some of what has been lost.” Bruce Dobkin, “The Clinical Science of Neurologic...

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