The Invisible Wounds of War

In a video of her recent presentation at UW Medicine/Gonzaga University, researcher Christine MacDonald PhD shares several important discoveries about the impact of combat concussions on mental health. The EVOLVE study, for which she is the lead researcher, found that those who suffer combat concussions worsen over the course of their 1-year and 5-year follow-ups.

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CrashCourse

The nonprofit TeachAids.org, which was spun out of Stanford University, has been working to create “concussion education reimagined for today’s generation.” Their first product is a CrashCourse, a 10-minute video which was filmed in Virtual Reality and HD. The viewer is set on the field during a football game and must choose whether to leave the game after a significant hit.

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A Tale of Two Doctors

Every Tuesday morning for the past 15 years, Dr. Groves (DC, Neurology) has accompanied Dr. Omidvar (MD, Neurology) at his clinic or on his rounds at the hospital. Dr. Groves is a practicing and highly regarded functional neurologist, a chiropractor specialization which focuses on optimizing brain function through the use of exercises to improve brain activity. Dr. Omidvar, a doctor of medicine specializing in neurology, kindly gave me permission to shadow him on a Tuesday in December and I was able to observe their collaboration. They joke and chat but their relationship runs deeper than that.

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Where to find online support

Healing from a concussion or post-concussion syndrome can be an isolating experience, both for the person with the injury and the people supporting them. There is a surprisingly robust source of support and information to be found on online support groups. This article covers our recommended Reddit forums and Facebook groups.

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Comparing MedX and Vielight Home Light Therapy Devices

Photobiomodulation is a recently developed therapy for treatment of concussions. While larger-scale studies are still needed, the research conclusions and clinical results with light therapy are extremely promising. Most importantly, light therapy is safe and accessible to individuals for home self-treatment. Today we'll break down the pros and cons of the two types of devices that researchers are using in clinical trials, from MEdX and Vielight.


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Clinical trial for a CBD pill for concussions

The first US-based clinical trial on CBD treatment for concussion is being conducted by the University of Miami. The five-year, three-stage study is funded by a $16 million grant from Canadian company Scythian Biosciences. The clinical trial will conduct research on a pill that combines CBD and dexanabiol, which researchers believe will reduce brain inflammation. See also the Miami Herald article.

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Community Acupuncture as an affordable option for concussion symptom management

Acupuncture has recently gained legitimacy in the eyes of western medical providers, and in our experience acupuncture has helped with concussion symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, related neck and jaw pain, and mood. Individual acupuncture treatments can cost $75-100 per session, while treatment at a Community Acupuncture clinic typically is a sliding scale price of $20-50 per session.


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