Counterintuitive Effect of Sparring on the Brains of MMA Fighters

Sparring among professional mixed martial arts (MMA) practitioners may have both positive and negative effects on the brain, early research suggests. Investigators found sparring, defined as strategically hitting opponents with kicks, punches, and other strikes during practice sessions, is to increased white matter hyperintensities in the brain, pointing to possible vascular damage from repeated head … Read more

tDCS for Patients With Disorders of Consciousness

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Meta-analysis data from eight randomized controlled trials (RCT) showed that transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) treatment for patients with disorders of consciousness (DoC) was more effective at improving behavior performance compared to controls. Patients … Read more

TBI Linked to ‘Striking’ Risk for CVD, Endocrine, Brain Disorders

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is linked to a significantly increased risk for a host of subsequent cardiovascular, endocrine, neurologic, and psychiatric disorders, new research shows. Incident of hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, and dementia all began to increase soon after the brain injury and persisted over a decade in both mild and … Read more