• Andrew Thurston

    Editor, The Brink Twitter Profile

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 5 comments on New BU Study Finds Tackle Football at Young Age Raises Risk for Brain Decline Later

  1. Dr. Chris Nowinski of BU has remarked about the findings that “Not giving players proper medical care for a brain injury is unethical.” Strangely, proper medical care for these “invisible wounds” is already avaiable and in use worldwide: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Two decades of peer-reviewed science on the safety and efficacy of using HBOT to help heal brain wounds/TBI/PTSD is available in 20 journals. Unsurprisingly, vast sums are being spent on predictable next steps after CTE or its symptoms is detected: “Next step would be developing a drug to slow the development of CTE once detected.” It is the TreatNOW Coalition’s [www.treatnow.org] position that the brain wounding that may lead to CTE can be healed long before CTE develops. Yet another drug to treat symptoms in the short, medium, and long-term may not be the most efficient use of national resources, particularly when Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help heal the brain wound early.

    1. In your opinion could any of these treatments be effective for treating brain injuries caused to persons by their mothers alcohol abuse while pregnant.

  2. I could have showed them/told them this 4+ years ago but was denied by the Cantu BU study. If it takes this much time to report this obvious info as a new finding, myself and others (58 yr old former football player where hits with/to the head were applauded and reinforced) will be short timers in this world.

  3. Why do you suggest the age of 14 as an age that beginning contact sports will be somehow OK? Separately, you make clear that repetitive head injuries will harm the brain at any age. It seems like suggesting that 14+ is OK can prove disastrous.

  4. It’s akin to learning early cigarette smoking leads to lung cancer so the intervention is to start smoking at an older age.


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