Monday, March 30, 2015
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Concussion is very serious and recovery takes a very long time. One latest study finds a new blood test may help to spot and monitor it.
According to Swedish researchers, a blood test for protein called total tau or simply T-tau has been found that is key to diagnosing a concussion and also predicting when players again can return back to the game.
T-tau protein is released when brain is injured.
Lead researcher Dr Pashtun Shahim said the T-tau level in the first hour after concussion correlates the number of days an individual has symptoms.
Shahim is from the department of neurochemistry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Molndal. He says by just watching the T-tau level drop it is possible to predict when the symptoms such as memory problems, headaches, nausea, dizziness and concentrating trouble may disappear.
In the study the researchers involved 28 hockey players only. Shahim says more elaborate research is still needed in this sector.
The study is published on the website of JAMA Neurology journal.
Dr Robert Glatter from Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC said the new study is important as such identifying of a reliable market correlating with brain injury severity may help in tracking the improvements in a player after a concussion and also safe return into the game.
Glatter is director of sports medicine and traumatic brain injury in the department of emergency medicine at the hospital. He adds the study is very promising and opens door in the better caring of athletes with concussions.
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