Posted: October 01,2014
              The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reported in 2009 that, of the 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms, 19 percent were from bicycle accidents, while baseball and football each accounted for about 10 percent of head injuries. Of all the bicyclists killed in the U.S. in 2009, 90 percent were not wearing helmets. While bike-riding commuters average about 10-12 mph, the recreational skier averages about twice that speed, about 18-22  mph. Skiers and snowboards can reach up to 40 mph on open stretches
Posted: September 23,2014
It’s Fall in Los Angeles! Time for students to return to the football field – and to the possibility of getting a concussion. A concussion is a mild blow to the head that can cause damage to brain cells at a level not detected on MRI or CT scan. This damage is most often temporary, but the brain does need time to heal, and a too-soon return to active sports participation may lead to permanent brain damage. Most athletes with a concussion will no longer have symptoms within a week of the injury, but studies have shown that younger athletes may require up to 10 days or longer.As part of his
Posted: By David L. Raffle, PhD August 25,2014
Dementias are degenerative disorders that develop primarily in the nervous system and selectively damage particular areas of the brain. Some dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease affect all areas of the brain simultaneously, while others, such as frontotemporal dementia, affect the parts of the brain involved in controlling one’s communications and emotions. Still others are caused by vascular disease, brain trauma, or chronic alcohol abuse (Korsakoff’s syndrome)By 2030, 20% of U.S. population will be older than 65 years of age – about 50 million people. Dementia affects 1% to 6% of those older

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