My First “not from the newspaper” blog entry

Today is my first blog entry that’s written by me, entirely, and not from the newspaper.  I haven’t written one in a while, like 2 or 3 years.

Rather than start to go on about this or that, what I’ll do is share what I think.  I think that I’ll start to write about the charities for whom we support, what they do, and who they support.  I’ll post random questions as I go, asking the world their opinion, and for some ideas!  In time, I’ll get more into the blogging concept, but for now it’s very new to me!

Exeter brain injury boy’s trike means freedom – with it he’ll #NeverStop and #ConquerABI

I have one, but while I have full control of both my hands, I understand what he feels.

For the first time since having a severe brain haemorrhage Jimmy Stevens, 11, from Exeter, is back in the saddle.

The charity Children Today and friends and family have raised funds to pay for this special trike.

It lets him control the brakes and steering with his left hand because he now cannot use his right.


Referee dies in hospital of brain damage after being attacked by player he sent off during match – lets #ConquerABI

A REFEREE has died in hospital in Mexico after being attacked by a player he red-carded during a match.

Jose Valdemar Hernandez Capetillo lost his fight for life after spending a week in a coma.

He was rushed unconscious to hospital in Xalapa, the capital city of the eastern Mexico State of Veracruz, on December 24 after being assaulted by a player from amateur side Guadalajara during a match in the city’s PEMEX – El Castillo stadium.

He died in the early hours of yesterday.

Valentin Ramirez, president of professional referees’ association AMA, said in a statement: “Jose Valdemar Hernandez Capetillo, a part-time referee, died in the early hours of yesterday morning as a result of an acute traumatic brain injury he suffered during an assault by a player in the Pemex stadium in Xalapa, Veracruz.

“Action is now being taken to ensure justice is done following the death of our colleague.

OK – weird? The strange interaction between brain injury and intestinal damage.

The gut-brain connection is one of the more fascinating new areas of medical research. This intriguing two-way axis has been found to have numerous unexpected effects. On one hand some studies have demonstrated how magnetic brain stimulation can alter a person’s gut microbiome while other studies have shown how gut bacteria could potentially play a role in the onset of PTSD and Alzheimer’s.

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has revealed another strange gut-brain connection, this time between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intestinal damage. Researchers have previously identified an odd connection between TBI and alterations in a person’s gastrointestinal tract, but this is the first study to understand this interaction in detail and to reveal the two-way nature of the process.


The brain of Aaron Hernandez is why no one should play football. Ever

Doctors at Boston University today released images of brain damage suffered by Aaron Hernandez, the deceased New England Patriots tight end jailed for killing his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013, and said it was the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age. Hernandez was 27 years old when he committed suicide in prison by hanging himself with a bed sheet in April.

As is normal with CTE, which can only be diagnosed post mortem, doctors sliced Hernandez’ brain to examine it for damage. The slides shown at the conference showed significant damage to the front lobe, which moderates behavior and impacts the ability to make decisions. His brain also showed dark spots associated with tau protein and shrunken, withered areas. “As some new slides appeared on the projectors, some physicians and conference attendees gasped,” the Washington Post reported.

Surrey RCMP looking for missing woman with brain injury

Mounties in Surrey are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman with a brain injury.

In a statement, police said 47-year-old Audra Jager was last seen Saturday afternoon in the 2600 block of McBride Avenue in the Crescent Beach area.

According to the RCMP, she may appear confused or disorientated. Her family is concerned for her well-being.

Central Valley Concussion Symposium highlights brain trauma in youth sports

Concussions are being taken a whole lot more seriously, but not a panic over the prevention, but rather being smart to prevent, and better explanation of the invisibility-aspect of them.

Experts at the symposium said the condition often goes unnoticed and can lead to dangerous long term affects.

Please click the picture to read the full story.

“Concussion is an invisible injury, you can’t see it,” Brenna Hughes, a brain injury expert at Community Regional Medical Center, said.

Concussion awareness grows

The States are ahead of us in the concussion-field.  That’s not too surprising, with their size, and the amount of money that they have to spend.  It’s so significant, that a day was announced, on the national scale.  And, this year wasn’t the first, by a mile.  The 20th annual National Concussion Awareness Day was on Sept. 15.

Click the picture of Dr. Gary Voytik, a credentialed ImPACT concussion physician, discussing one of the biggest topics in sports at all levels of play.