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February 28, 2018

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8th Annual Winter Gala

Please JOIN US for an amazing evening for an AWESOME CAUSE. The Goryeb Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center in conjunction with Morristown Medical Center are hosting an evening to benefit infants and children born with facial or skull deformities. These amazing children put their lives in our hands every day; we are honored to care for them. Please come on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 and note CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!!

Click this link for more info on our 8th Annual Winter Gala –http://www.f4mmc.org/2018WinterGala

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February 21, 2018

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Post-concussion Return to Play Instructions

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In a recent article written by Steven Broglio, PhD and other researchers from Michigan, it was reported that  online websites and resources often lack guidelines for the return to play after a concussion. 1  While there have been many attempts at consensus among concussion professionals, there is always debate among healthcare providers about the “best” recommendations.  Five different websites were evaluated for the accuracy of the 2012 Zurich Sport Concussion Consensus Statement.  None of the websites were accurate in all eight areas evaluated.

  1. Swallow JS, Joseph JR, et al with Broglio SP: Online postconcussion return-to-play instructions. J neurosurg Pediatr Vol 21; Jan 2018.

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February 21, 2018

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Concussion and nutrition

There has been substantial investigation directed at the treatment of concussions. Several supplements and vitamins are being used for patients with concussion and post-concussion syndrome. While there are no great human studies specifically examining supplement and vitamin use for the treatment or prevention of concussion, there is some evidence that minerals, vitamins and supplements may help. The supplements and vitamins include omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, resveratrol, melatonin, creatine, Scutellaria baicalensis and more…and today, there are some “brain vitamins” that come packaged together, see below..

https://journals.lww.com/acsm-csmr/Fulltext/2016/01000/The_Role_of_Nutritional_Supplements_in_Sports.9.aspx

https://www.neurellalabs.com/

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February 16, 2018

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Interesting news about blood tests now being done to evaluate for concussion

Sometimes, it is really hard to know if and when someone REALLY had a concussion. But according to this research, the Brain Trauma Indicator works by measuring levels of proteins, known as UCH-L1 and GFAP, that are released from the brain into blood and measured within 12 hours of head injury. Levels of these blood proteins after mTBI/concussion can help predict which patients may have intracranial lesions visible by CT scan and which won’t. Being able to predict if patients have a low probability of intracranial lesions can help health care professionals in their management of patients and the decision to perform a CT scan. Test results can be available within three to four hours.

https://neuronewsinternational.com/fda-authorises-marketing-first-blood-test-aid-evaluation-concussion-adults/

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January 5, 2017

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Safe Imaging Collaborative for Pediatric Patients
The NJ Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, working with the N.J. Council of Children’s Hospitals, is kicking off a collaborative effort to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation for children by reducing the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in instances of head injuries. NJHA encourages all hospitals to join the collaborative.

All emergency department staff have been counseled to participate in the collaborative and to use other means of imaging in place of CT scans unless it is an absolute emergency situation.  Emergency department staff have also been counseled on ordering unnecessary CT scans on patients who are neurologically intact. In these situations, observation is the recommended treatment.

Dr. Mazzola and her staff at the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute support the collaborative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure in pediatric patients and have been actively involved with the education process.  Dr. Mazzola and the staff at NJPNI recommend avoiding any unnecessary ionizing radiation if possible.

For more information about radiation and kids: http://www.imagegently.org/

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February 10, 2016

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Saddle River Day School ~ Dr. Alexander Post at SRDS – Thursday, February 11th

Click here to watch this short video with Dr. Alexander Post discussing the importance of knowing about concussions and head trauma.

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January 21, 2016

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Please take a look at the January 2016 edition of Focus on Pediatrics from Goryeb Children’s Hospital by clicking here

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January 21, 2016

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Drs. Post and Catania had the pleasure of providing an in-service presentation to the staff of the Oakland School District on Monday, 1/18/16. The audience of approximately 20 was comprised mainly of school nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, and physical education teachers.  Drs. Post and Catania presented on concussions, with points of focus including the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatments, recommendations, and academic considerations in the concussed population.  In response to the in-service, Dr. Gina Coffaro, the Superintendent of the Oakland schools, stated that the staff feedback was “off the charts” and “beyond amazing” and that the district was quite grateful for this important training provided to their staff.  The NJCC would like to thank Dr. Coffaro and the Oakland School District for hosting us and allowing us to present to their staff.  If you are interested in having members from the NJCC staff present to the teachers, parents, school officials, and/or students in your school district, please contact us at 973.427.4390 for more information.

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December 9, 2015

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The 44TH Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in Seattle Washington

Catherine Mazzola, MD

CONCUSSION AND MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
On Tuesday, December 8th, there was an awesome breakfast seminar about the Medical-Legal ramifications and responsibilities concerning the clearance of children and young adults after concussion. Click here to read more.

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November 25, 2015

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http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html

Why you may want to look at “HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training”

By Catherine Mazzola, MD

Changing the future of concussion awareness, diagnosis, management and prevention begins with you and it is all about EDUCATION! Click here to read more.

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November 17, 2015

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Dr. Mazzola and Dr. Post are experts in the management of concussion in children.  They are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about concussion and prevention/ treatment of traumatic brain injury. Click here to view New guidelines for New Jersey youth soccer teams will limit heading the ball.

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November 12, 2015

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Click here to view a study on Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Adolescents Treated in Emergency Departments, United States 2007-2010.

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November 11, 2015

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Dr. Catherine Mazzola works closely with the pediatric specialists and therapists at Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Jersey.  Through programs at the Mountainside campus, Dr. Mazzola donates her time and focuses her efforts on helping children with special needs, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.  For more information please call us at 973-326-9000 or go to www.njpni.com.

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October 14, 2015

Research Report

Dr. Thomas Burns and Dr. Kim Ono appear as guest writers in this Research Report, which features an abbreviated version of their article that is currently in press in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Burns and Dr. Ono assessed middle and high school athletes who had completed a baseline and at least one post-concussion assessment from the ImPACT battery. Their purpose was to determine whether female athletes displayed prolonged recovery and more symptoms at baseline and following a sports-related concussion compared to males. Authors: Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP & Kim E. Ono, Ph.D. Commentary by: Mark Lovell, PhD, FACPN

Click here to read the full report.

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August 21, 2015

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PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Click here for recent publications of Dr. Catherine Mazzola in PubMed.

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August 20, 2015

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Color-Changing Material May Help Detect Traumatic Brain Injury VIDEO – Click Here

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April 8, 2015

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Rudy Gay came back for the Sacramento Kings last night following a 3 game layoff due to a concussion, and led his team with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

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April 6, 2015

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An interesting article in regards to CTE in veterans of war.  Could veterans of war have the same effects of concussions as past NFL players?

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March 31, 2015

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In NFL news, receiver Austin Collie is having a hard time finding a team to play for after recovering from his past concussions.

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March 31, 2015

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In NHL news, the Columbus Blue Jackets Matt Calvert will wear a dark visor because he has had issues with light sensitivity following his concussion.  Does that seem strange to anyone else that he needs to wear a dark visor because of light sensitivity?  But he says that he is 100% following his concussion.

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March 31, 2015

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In hockey news, Virginia Tech College of Engineering conducted the same study of hockey helmets as they conducted on football helmets.  The results were scary for anyone who has played hockey.  In a rating system where 5 stars is the highest, no helmet received 5 stars or even 4 stars.  The highest rating was a 3 star helmet, which went to only 1 helmet.  There were also 9 helmets which received 0 stars.  A scary thought for those who play or have played ice hockey in their life.

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March 21, 2015

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In interesting article about concussions sustained in Major League Baseball.  A new study shows that hitters perform worse in their first few weeks following a return from a concussion.

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March 11, 2015

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An interesting article about the King-Devick Test and it’s uses for pre-season baseline readings on athletes but also it’s use correctly predicting a potential concussion in an athlete post-injury.

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February 5, 2015

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Our very own Dr. Catherine Mazzola, speaks about Medicaid in the state of New Jersey to help show patients how Medicaid insurance companies in the state of New Jersey are currently caring for their doctors and members.  The article goes into depth about how the number of members of Medicaid in New Jersey constantly growing and what the insurance companies are willing to do, or not do, for their members and participating doctors.

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February 4, 2015

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In recent concussion news, new evidence exists that shows that blood testing may become the new “testing” that is used to diagnose and predict concussion and recovery time.

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February 4, 2015

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In a recent news article about concussions, it showed that there is almost a 10% decline in the amount of participants in youth football.

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February 4, 2015

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In NHL news, the St. Louis Blues have reported that Jori Lehtera is being held out of activity, due to a concussion sustained six days ago.

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February 4, 2015

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A recent study shows that concussion laws have promoted safety and awareness among the states that have enacted such policies.

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February 3, 2015

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Youth concussion laws are constantly evolving but are they enough to protect our children?  An Associated Press review of these laws showed that fewer than half of the current laws contain all of the main principles of the initial bill passed in 2009.

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February 3, 2015

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In unfortunate news for the University of Georgia Basketball team, senior forward Marcus Thornton will not play tonight against the University of Kentucky.  Thornton is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Bulldogs Basketball team this season, averaging 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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February 3, 2015

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Judge Anita Brody has asked the NFL and retired players to make a few revisions to the final proposed settlement agreement before signing off on the deal.  Judge Brody has allowed CTE and years played in NFL Europe, to be included among accommodations for payments to former players.

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February 3, 2015

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A special congratulations goes out to our physicians, who were awarded with the prestigious NJ Top Doctor award for 2015.  Drs. Catherine Mazzola, Alexander Post, Garrett Zoeller, Thomas Sernas and Tatiana Huk were all recipients of this award for their outstanding care, as voted on by patients.  We are all very proud to have this designation for our specialists.  For any type of brain injury, please visit us at www.njconcussioncenter.com or at www.njpni.com.

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February 3, 2015

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The National Hockey League (NHL) has teamed up with a company called X2 Biosystems, in order to provide up to the second, medically relevant data in regards to assessing and managing concussions both on and off of the ice.

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February 3, 2015

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Did the National Football League miss this call?  According to a few sources, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was screened and passed his concussion sideline assessment.  But, Dr. David Chao states, “current NFL screening tests like the one Edelman passed rely on honest self-reporting”.  Is there something more that can be done on the sidelines to prevent further instances of players not reporting symptoms to remain in the game?

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February 3, 2015

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In a recent article, USA Today described the sideline concussion test that is available for the National Football League (NFL) to use but is not currently used by the NFL.  The King-Devick Test is a sideline assessment tool that could be used to more accurately predict when a concussion has occurred.

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Below are some recommended websites that we suggest you view.

Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

The Voice of Brain Surgery in New Jersey



Brain Health Network

 

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Concussion Related Videos


January 25, 2012
Sports Science: Concussions and Helmet to Helmet Hits

This video is made by ESPN’s Sports Science program.
In this video they replicate the impact sustained by the brain during helmet to helmet hits in football.

January 25, 2012
Sports Science: Second Impact Syndrome

This video is made by ESPN’s Sports Science program.
It speaks about Second Impact Syndrome that replicated the blows to the brain that occur during a hit sustained in football.

January 25, 2012
Second Impact Syndrome

This video is from ESPN’s Outside The Lines: First Report.
The video explains why education about concussion as well as use of neurocognitive baseline concussion testing is so important. This video is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to ALL viewers!

January 19, 2012
Ice Hockey

With Eric Lindros as the presenter, this movie explains about concussions, their symptoms and the importance of using Baseline testing such as the ImPACT Test offered by the New Jersey Concussion Center.

 

 

Concussion News on the Radio


KALW 91.7 – City Vision Radio

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Check out the discussion on concussions from KALW 91.7 in San Fransisco. Joining the discussion are Dr. Cindy Chang and Dr. Eric Freitag.

For more information about this article, please visit CityVisions.mp3