Concussion Public Forum in Toronto, ON

There will be a free public information night with the dual themes of “The Consequences of Concussions” and “Concussions Through the Eyes of Concussion Sufferers and Their Families” to be held on the evening of Friday May 11th at Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto.

Here is a link to the agenda:

https://ers.snapuptickets.com/ers/event-files/2495/Public_Forum_Program_Apr_4.pdf

Here is a link to the registration form:

https://ers.snapuptickets.com/ers/online-registration-conference-form.cfm?event=2495&lan=eng&RegType=2

If you decide to register, once you enter your information on this form and click “Continue” then review your information and if it is correct,¬†make sure you click the “Complete Registration” button which is in grey at the bottom of the screen (it’s not that obvious).

New Study Indicates Number & Severity of Brain Injuries Raises Dementia Risk

A large study offers more evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life, with repeated injuries and severe ones posing the greatest danger.

According to the study’s results, a single severe brain injury increased the risk of later developing dementia by 35 per cent compared with a person who never had brain trauma. A mild brain injury increased the risk by 17 per cent.

But, also note the line “Overall, the risk was small. About 95 per cent of people who suffered a brain injury never developed dementia.”

To read the full article in The Star, click the link below, or if you would prefer to have the article read aloud to you, simply click the play button below.

https://www.thestar.com/life/2018/04/11/new-study-says-number-severity-of-brain-injuries-raises-dementia-risk.html

Dr. Charles Tator’s 2017 Presentation on Photosensitivity in Women with Post Concussion Syndrome

Here is a link to video presentation which Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, gave at a 2017 “Concussion in Women and Girls Conference” in Toronto. His presentation is currently available online. In this presentation, Dr. Tator provides some information about women with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) who experience photosensitivity (a.k.a. photophobia). He also describes a study that he was involved with where they had 29 people with PCS use a “non LCD” device instead of a traditional¬†computer monitor. The device had a slower refresh rate (so less flicker) than a typical computer monitor and did not have a backlit screen.

http://www.uhn.ca/KNC/Research/Projects/Canadian_Concussion_Centre/Pages/symposia.aspx