A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system’s ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. In a small pilot study published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the scientists identified key genes and signaling networks regulated by vitamin D3 and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that may help control inflammation and improve plaque clearance… Read full article.
As the National Football League continues to face scrutiny and litigation over concussions, new evidence shows that brain injuries may be a problem at the collegiate level too. According to a study published today in PLOS One, college football players who sustain hits to the head may experience long-term brain damage even if they aren’t concussed… Read full article.
Traumatic brain injuries sustained by more than 200,000 U.S. troops may be fueling the military’s suicide crisis, according to a letter co-signed by 53 congressional members who are seeking additional data to investigate the new theory. [Note: Really? This a new theory?] Read full article.
It may not seem surprising that a sport that involves gigantic men slamming into one another goes hand-in-hand with head injury. But in American football, the severity of the life-long consequences has gone under appreciated until recently. And there are other sports that should be concerned. Soccer players who head the ball could be injuring their brains, as well, according to a recent paper in PLoS ONE… Read full article.
As the number of omega-3 sources in the market increases, including fish, krill, squid, algae, and plant, suppliers are increasingly using the omega-3 form to differentiate their products. But where does the science currently stand, which questions remain, and is cost a factor?… Read full article.
It’s been eight weeks since the Sanjay Gupta MD show featured how fish oil was used to help Bobby Ghassemi recover from a severe traumatic brain injury two years ago. I had a chance to see Bobby this weekend along with his family. He is doing great, even better than when I saw him in March. His father, Peter, reminded me that all we asked of the family is to help spread the word about using omega-3s for TBI. In addition to the CNN segment < http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/health/fish-oil-brain-injuries > that received almost 12,000 recommends on Facebook, the Ghassemi family has received numerous calls asking for help and guidance in similar situations. Continue reading
My 12-year son started tackle football practice this week, full pads, helmets, and everything. Given my focus on concussions and TBI over the past couple of years, how could I let my son play football?!! There is risk in all sports. But in my mind, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Life is a team sport Continue reading