More coverage for the iPad concussion app: This app, a design led by Jay Alberts, PhD, BME, can be taken directly to the field of play. By comparing assessments of balance, reaction time, memory, and vision after a hit to data collected for that player during pre-season, a judgment can be made determining if the player can return to play worry-free, or if there is a question regarding the player's brain health. The app helps doctors better gauge the severity of concussions and assess recovery. The story was covered by brecksville.patch.com; WMYD-TV (Detroit, MI) www.criticalmention.com; KIII-TV (Corpus Christi, TX) and KOMO-TV (Seattle, WA) www.criticalmention.com.
Combating concussion: Football is the number one sport leading to concussions in the United States, and it has been suggested that overall brain health may be just as affected by the accumulation of low-grade hits as by the less frequent spectacularly hard hits. In studying the role of football helmets in concussion, "[A team] led by Adam Bartsch, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Spine Research Laboratory, compared varsity helmets to vintage leatherheads and found that when it came to [several of these] lighter hits, the old-school designs [theoretically] provided similar protection…The findings of his study were published online November 4 in the Journal of Neurosurgery" (see www.medscape.com). In fact, they further found that in some instances, the theoretical head-injury risk was slightly greater in some of these widely used 21st century varsity helmets in some of the impacts. Read the story on ESPN and Fox Sports.
Dr. Bartsch is now leading a project developing an 'intelligent' mouthguard – one that uses microsensors to collect data from head impacts taken during play. A prototype will be tested in youth hockey players this winter. Watch the Story on WFIE (Evansville).
Why family health history is important: Charis Eng, MD, PhD, underscores the importance of mapping your family health history tree with useful questions and links to uncover clues to genetic conditions, which, if known in advance could divert serious consequences. www.cleveland.com; www.huffingtonpost.com.
An example is covered by KDRV in Medford, OR, where a woman's father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last year. Based on a strong family history with the disease, this patient of Dr. Eng's decided to have her own colon checked out. Despite her young age (25 years), the same genetic condition was found to affect her, evident in many polyps having developed already. Subsequent medical decisions have saved her life.
$10M gift to CC Innovations: A $10M donation, the largest in Cleveland Clinic Innovation's history, "will establish a chair in medical innovation, as well as funding patent applications, bringing in speakers, adding work space and providing seed money for products in the early stages of development at companies under the Innovation umbrella," according to an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. James C. Justice II, the benefactor, stated, "They're going to do things to change the world, and I'd like to be part of it." Cleveland Clinic Innovations is the commercialization hub of Cleveland Clinic. "Cleveland Clinic Innovations Chairman Thomas Graham, a world-renowned hand surgeon and close friend of Justice's, said he is so inspired by Justice's gift that he is adding his own $1 million to fund patent applications. Graham will serve as the inaugural endowed innovation chair, though he won't receive any compensation from the Justice donation." See also: www.therepublic.com and www.statejournal.com, and watch it on WEWS-TV5 and WJW-TV8.