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New research reported in the Journal of Affective Disorders revealed that the impact is significantly higher for teenagers and young adults. In the U.S., suicide is the second leading cause of death in teenagers. Typically, psychological issues such as depression, alcohol and substance use are linked to the risk of attempted suicide among teenagers. Now,

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A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) finds that one in six children aged 5 to 15 who has a concussion will go on to experience a repeat concussion within two years. Several characteristics of the initial concussion predict an elevated risk of subsequent concussions, including an increased number of symptoms and longer recovery

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In a recent study, investigators from Australia found that visual dysfunction was associated with more than 25% of concussions in children and may be linked to lengthier recovery time. Investigators found that children who experience visual dysfunction after a concussion have a recovery time that is nearly a month longer than those who did not,

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Writing in the journal Nutrients — An Increase in the Omega-6/Omega-3 fatty Acid Ratio Increases the Risk for Obesity, investigators say, “in the past three decades, total fat and saturated fat intake, as a percentage of total calories has continuously decreased in Western diets, while the intake of omega-6 fatty acid increased and the omega-3

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New research suggests that up to three-quarters of UK military veterans who seek help for long-term mental distress have experienced repeated mild TBI. This figure is far higher than previous UK estimates but is very similar to that reported in US combat veterans. In the new study, veterans who fell into this category showed a greater

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Neuroscientists prevented the development of epileptic activity in mice after TBI by using a drug that mimics the metabolic effects of the ketogenic diet, as published in JCI Insight. Post-traumatic epilepsy develops within three years of a TBI in about 1 out of 10 people. TBIs lead to the dysfunction of the brain’s inhibitory network, including the cells that normally quiet

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Quality sleep is key for all kids and teens, as it helps their developing brains and bodies function properly. Researchers found that young athletes with good sleep quality were more likely to recover from a sport-related concussion within two weeks, while those with poor sleep quality tended to take 30 days or more to fully

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Pediatricians often evaluate children after a head injury, but the adverse sequelae involving the visual system may not be readily apparent. Vision disorders after a concussion can have a major effect on children, delaying return to full-time learning activities. Neurologic pathways associated with the visual system are widely distributed throughout the brain, so it is not surprising

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Researchers found giving rats exposed to a stressful environment extra doses of omega-3s resulted in a reduction of the kinds of mental and physical damage that normally occur under such circumstances (published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Exposure to stress while growing up can lead to long-term adverse health effects such as memory

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A possible stem cell treatment for TBI patients demonstrated positive results in a recent phase 2 trial. The trial included 61 patients with stable chronic motor deficits caused by TBI: 46 were treated with the investigational stem cell product, SB623, and 15 underwent sham surgery as a control group. The SB623 cells were implanted directly around

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