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Researchers trying to diagnose CTE in living patients

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on June 15, 2016

Louisiana football fans may be interested in a groundbreaking brain injury study scheduled to begin this summer. The study, which will be conducted by in part at the Boston University School of Medicine, will try to find a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients. CTE is a degenerative brain disease…

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Allegations that the NFL tried influencing brain injury research

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on June 02, 2016

New Orleans Saints fans may have followed news on research into the link between head injuries and football. On May 23, a senior House Democrat alleged that the National Football League tried to improperly influence brain research at the National Institutes of Health. According to New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, the NFL refused to follow…

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TBIs and sleep disorders

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on May 04, 2016

A study that has been published in a medical journal suggests that people who suffer traumatic brain injuries could continue to have trouble sleeping for as long as 18 months after the injury date. What might be even more alarming for Louisiana residents is that many sufferers do not know how much disruption this causes…

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Study shows 40 percent of former NFL players have brain injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on April 18, 2016

New Orleans Saints fans have likely heard that there is a possible link between playing football and traumatic brain injuries, but the evidence has sometimes been circumstantial. However, a study now provides strong evidence that there may be a connection. For the study, which was presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in…

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Technological advances could help diagnose concussions

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on April 06, 2016

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that a medical device called EYE-SYNC has been granted FDA approval. It is mounted to an individual’s head and analyzes eye movement to look for signs of impairment. According to one doctor who is also the founder of the company that makes the product, it does not actually…

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TBI victims and the benefits of deep sleep

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on March 28, 2016

New Orleans Saints fans may have seen reports of the National Football League’s first-time acknowledgement of the link between football head injuries and the degenerative brain disease termed chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Traumatic brain injuries also include less serious ones, such as concussions. Treatment strategies for TBIs are far from universally agreed upon. One research study conducted in…

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2.2 million TBIs per year prompt research

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on March 16, 2016

Louisiana residents who have been in an accident that resulted in a head injury may be interested to learn that scientists are making efforts to shed more light on traumatic brain injuries. Medical researchers in Minnesota have revealed their plans to begin a broad new study that might clarify both the kinds of injuries that…

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The long-term issues of a TBI

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on March 09, 2016

Six months or more after incurring a traumatic brain injury, victims in Louisiana and elsewhere show a variety of connectivity disruptions in the brain. This is according to researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas. A study published by the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society analyzed 40 MRIs of individuals with TBIs and compared…

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Learning more about brain injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on March 03, 2016

Brain injuries have been pushed into the limelight in Louisiana and around the country thanks to the NFL and movies such as “Concussion”. While concussions and brain injuries share many traits, a brain injury is different from a concussion as the injured person generally doesn’t lose consciousness as a result of the injury. Regardless, it…

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TBI victims and some common myths

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on February 08, 2016

Louisiana patients should be aware of some myths surrounding a traumatic brain injury. The first myth is that all traumatic brain injuries occur with a loss of consciousness while in fact many happen without it. It is also a common misconception among some military members that Kevlar helmets protect against the worst head injuries when…

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