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Concussion: Answers in the Blood?

University of Montana researchers Dr. Sarj Patel (left) and Dr. Tom Rau examine a slide from their research on traumatic brain injuries.
John Twiggs
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University of Montana researchers Dr. Sarj Patel (left) and Dr. Tom Rau examine a slide from their research on traumatic brain injuries.

In the sports world, while concussion awareness is on the rise and current diagnostic protocols are improving, concussion diagnosis still relies heavily on symptoms and self-reporting by athletes. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Montana is attempting to develop a blood test to provide a definitive diagnosis for concussions.

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The Center for Disease Control estimates nearly four million people suffer a concussion each year in the United States. How will this potentially ground-breaking work at UM impact the current system of dealing with concussions?

"Concussion: Answers in the Blood" provides an inside look at the cutting-edge science of detecting concussions, while following athletes and trainers as they deal with the uncertainties and frustrations related to current concussion protocols. Parents, athletes, trainers, and medical professionals: don't miss this documentary.

Tune in to "Concussion: Answers in the Blood?" on MontanaPBS:

  • Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, 11/16, 5:00 a.m.

Available online at MontanaPBS beginning on November 14.

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