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This story highlights just how much information on TBI is available these days, as well as how much research is focusing on brain injuries and their repercussions. When we started this blog not that many years ago, it was hard to find substantive information about TBI, and practically no one had even heard the term. Now, after two wars and an NFL study, the topic is everywhere, from medical journals and health blogs to daily newspapers and magazines. It's what we wanted, I know, but sometimes it almost feels trendy, like traumatic brain injury has become the "in" medical issue, the "condition du jour." I'm not complaining, mind you. I did that for the years when no one was talking about it. No, I'm just reflecting on this incredible turnaround that is more than we ever hoped for... and remembering its cost.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Concussions are a hot topic in sports these days as evidence of their long-term consequences piles up. A study published last month, for example, suggests a link between repeated head blows sustained in sports and a brain condition similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease. A piece in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine sums up what we know about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury.

Youth sports are of particular concern — just last week, statistics on basketball injuries showed the number of traumatic head injuries rose 70% even as the overall injury rate dropped. Yesterday a House committee hearing focused on proposed legislation to establish a national standard for how schools deal with students who sustain concussions. (Here’s the Washington Post story on the hearing, and here’s a story from the New York Times.)

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