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Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by FDA. (nytimes.com) 21

The Food and Drug Administration this week approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The test, called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, is also expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation through CT scans, or computed tomography scans, that detect brain tissue damage or intracranial lesions. If the blood test is adopted widely, it could eliminate the need for CT scans in at least a third of those with suspected brain injuries, the agency predicted. Concussion-related brain damage has become a particularly worrisome public health issue in many sports, especially football, affecting the ranks of professional athletes on down to the young children in Pop Warner leagues. Those concerns have escalated so far that it has led to a decline in children participating in tackle sports.
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Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by FDA.

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  • News for nerds? Ahh head on keyboard injuries! I totally get it.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Dude, lots of common nerd activities can cause concussions.

      Slammed against a locker by a football player. Concussion.

      Get so nervous when a girl smiles in your direction that you walk into a wall. Concussion.

      Toilet swirly while the punks steal your homework answers. Concussion.

    • Brain stuff makes for interesting science. Nerds like science. We are nerds because of the capabilities of the human brain, otherwise we'd be smearing poop on cave walls right now.

      Football ... maybe not so interesting.

  • ...a decline in children participating in tackle sports...

    Such a decline in children participating in tackle sports cannot come too soon.

  • Oh no! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Friday February 16, 2018 @01:03PM (#56135626)

    Fewer kids participate in tackle sports! What are we going to do now that fewer kids get injured pointlessly? We have to do something, dammit, we can't have that!

    What? No, kids still can't climb on trees or play tag outside, they could get hurt needlessly. But wholesome activities like smashing into each other during school activities that protects the revenue of the sports industry is something we have to protect and treasure.

  • While FDA approved, https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm596531.htm [fda.gov], the UCH-L1 and GFAP markers may be of less diagnostic value in the presence of concomitant orthopedic injury, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27841729 [nih.gov].
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This blood test does not help diagnose concussion. It just helps determine who needs a CT/MRI and who does not. Best case, it saves some kids from getting unnecessary imaging studies.

    • This blood test does not help diagnose concussion. It just helps determine who needs a CT/MRI and who does not. Best case, it saves some kids from getting unnecessary imaging studies.

      If it was widely available, I could see this being used by worried soccer moms. My kid fell down, let's do a quick test and see if we need to go to the doctor.

  • Instead of counting to 10, a quick bloodtest. If the guy has a concussion the other one wins.

  • What are the treatment options for a concussion?

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