Seattle Neurologists Find New Way to Detect and Monitor Concussions in Student Athletes

Seattle Neurologists Find New Way to Detect and Monitor Concussions in Student Athletes

New research on concussions in young athletes may be the key to better treating or monitoring the injuries. The study, published in the journal Neurology was conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Neurologist Dr. Jeff Ojemann had a hunch when he began his research in 2014. He suspected that levels of the chemical GABA would be elevated in kids with a concussion. For the $100,000 study, thousands of patients, ages 14-18, who came to Seattle Children's Hospital's Sports Medicine Clinic were screened. The group to be studied was narrowed down to ten young people, both boys and girls, with moderately severe concussions and a control group of ten similarly athletic kids with non-head injuries.

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