Category: Robert Cantu

Childhood Concussion Studies Butt Heads

June 10th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A long overdue and growing body of research on concussions is providing today’s young athletes, parents and coaches with more information about identifying and treating head injuries—but not all of that research is reliable…

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New baseball helmets aim to withstand high-speed hits to kids’ heads

May 16th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, NBC Today Show, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Stultz worries about head injuries every time her Little Leaguer steps up to the plate to bat…

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Dr. Robert Cantu, Professor of Neurosurgery, Urges Brain Autopsy Of Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

April 26th, 2013 in 2013, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Should slain Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s brain be looked at specifically with an eye for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, given his amateur boxing background?…

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The Brain of a Bomber: Did Damage Caused By Boxing Play a Role in the Boston Bombings?

April 24th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is telling no tales…

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Experts urge special brain autopsy for Boston bombing suspect

April 21st, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Two pioneering researchers of brain disease among athletes in violent sports recommended Saturday that investigators conduct special autopsy tests on amateur boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could have been affected by boxing-related brain damage…

Expert quotes:

Cantu:

“I hope to God they do the special testing.”

Stern:

“Is it possible that some changes might have gone on in his overall functioning due to his boxing and potentially related brain disease? Yes. Anything is possible. But to then jump to the disease leading to well-planned behavior like this, I couldn’t go there.’’

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Helmets Preventing Concussion Seen Quashed by NFL-Riddell

March 18th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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With a device called ProCap, Bert Straus says he invented headgear that could reduce concussions in National Football League games…

Expert quote:

“The ‘official helmet’ deal has given Riddell an unfair advantage.”

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New test helps takes guesswork out of diagnosing concussions

March 12th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Globe and Mail, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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In some cases, you can tell immediately…

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Non-concussion football head hits can cause brain changes, Cleveland Clinic-led study finds

March 6th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Plain Dealer, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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In practices and games, amateur and pro football players regularly experience head blows that don’t cause obvious concussion symptoms…

Expert quote:

“This is a very strong study to suggest that you don’t have to have any recognized concussions to have brain dysfunction.”

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It’s time for the NHL to stop the fights

February 10th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Despite his tough-guy image, crusty exterior, and wit sharper than a skate blade, Bruins forward/enforcer Shawn Thornton is one of the genuine nice-guy athletes in this town…

Expert quote:

“I shudder every time I think of Shawn Thornton. The highest rate of CTE is in boxers and then the NFL. If you’re an NHL enforcer and you’re involved in hockey and you’re involved in fighting, you’re going to suffer more head trauma.”

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The Football Nanny State

February 4th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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In his 2012 book “Concussions and Our Kids,” Boston University neurosurgeon Robert Cantu left little mystery about his tome’s intended target: The photo on the cover shows a pack of little kids playing tackle football. Inside its pages, a section heading says: “No tackle football before fourteen.”…

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