The connection between the brain, sleep and dementia

Last week, I talked about ongoing research on how sleep "deep cleans" your brain, as well as my participation in the National Geographic Channel's documentary Sleepless in America. Meanwhile, our...

Next OHSU brain awareness lecture: fighting traumatic brain injury

The impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on society are staggering. How staggering? Consider these numbers: • Each year in the U.S., 3.4 million people suffer a traumatic...

Recovering from concussion: a long haul but I’m getting there

The first time I got hit was November 15, 2008, during my freshman year at Aloha High School, at basketball practice. I dove, a girl moved her knee and I smashed into it with my forehead. I was...

What is a concussion?

Perhaps you have grown up hearing that a concussion is a bruise to the brain. Or, maybe after a hit to the head, you have been told: “You’ll be fine — you just got your bell rung.” While...