Study shows strong link between concussions and brain damage

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

California football fans may be interested in a recently-published study that confirmed the existing view of many that there is a strong link between minor traumatic brain injuries and lower cognitive ability. Researchers asked 28 retired NFL players to take the California Verbal Learning Test who had a mean age of 58.1 years old. They found that the players who had a history of concussions scored lower on the test when compared to a control group of 27 other individuals.

Contrast agents used in California MRIs may cause brain injury

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

A study published in the June 2015 issue of Radiology states that gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents, also known as GBCAs, can leave toxic residue in the brains of patients, particularly those who are routinely exposed to high doses or whose kidneys are in the process of or have shut down. GBCAs have been used in over 100 million MRIs worldwide, including in the state of California, over the last 25 years.