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Researchers develop blood test that can quickly spot concussions

There’s no doubt that concussions are serious business in all levels of sports. This is especially true in youth leagues, where children tend to suffer concussion symptoms later than adults do. Then you’ve got the countless number of athletes who have retired due to concussions, including several NFL players and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan just earlier this year. With these brain injuries such a big problem, it’s a good thing that researchers have come up with a way to detect concussions in mere days, all through a simple blood test.

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Without the right treatment, concussions could pose more severe risks to people over time. For instance, a high school football player who develops a concussion may shake it off after “getting his bell rung,” but he may eventually suffer in school due to poor concentration, suffer from anger management issues, or also a loss of memory, headaches, and other symptoms. And the effects of one, or a few concussions could have long-term effects on an individual.

Having said that, a new study has theorized that a new blood test could detect the biomarker glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), in order to detect a concussion just days after it happened, even if the symptoms aren’t there. GFAP is a unique biomarker to the central nervous system, and gets released into the bloodstream after a concussion or other similar brain injuries. It then stays in the bloodstream for several days, which allowed doctors to quickly detect the presence of a concussion by means of the new blood test.

“We have so many diagnostic blood tests for different parts of the body, like the heart, liver and kidneys, but there’s never been a reliable blood test to identify trauma in the brain,” said lead author Dr. Linda Papa (pictured) of Orlando Health. “We think this particular test could change that.”

The study was proven successful after the blood test was used on about 600 participants.

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