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Behind Henry VIII's Bad Behavior: Brain Injury?

The anger and forgetfulness started after jousting and horse accidents

(Newser) - Henry VIII may be best known for having had six wives, killing two of them, and establishing the Church of England in the process. Now a behavioral neurologist at Yale is posing an explanation for the English monarch's famously erratic behavior: traumatic brain injury. (Interestingly, a 2009 documentary for... More »

NFLers Worry About '100% Injury Rate,' Teams Using Them

AP: Many think their organizations don't give best care, have interests at heart

(Newser) - As the NFL victims of brain damage get more prominent and younger and younger , the AP sent reporters into all 32 locker rooms in the league to take the temperature of 100 current players themselves. What those reporters encountered: An acute awareness of the risk of injury—though some players... More »

Ex-NFL Player Who Died at 27 Had Advanced CTE

Tyler Sash was at stage of disease rarely seen in someone so young

(Newser) - An ex-New York Giants player who died at the age of 27 in September after accidentally ODing on pain meds suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—and was at an advanced stage of the brain disease rarely seen in someone so young, the New York Times reports. Dr. Ann McKee, the... More »

Brain Trauma Found in 25-Year-Old Football Player

Michael Keck, now deceased, suffered his first football concussion at age 8

(Newser) - Before he died of a heart condition at age 25, Michael Keck told his wife that he wanted to donate his brain to Boston University. The former football player thought he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), NBC News reports, the degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated blows to the head... More »

Parents Worry Too Much About Kids' Concussions

Neurologist thinks it's time to redefine the term

(Newser) - A pediatric neurologist with 40 years of experience makes the case in the New York Times that parents might be worrying too much about their kids getting concussions. The problem is that this "obsessing," as the headline puts it, might be doing more harm than good by preventing... More »

Study: Effects of Kids' Concussions Last 2 Years

Bad news for kids who play contact sports

(Newser) - An alarming new study finds that when pre-adolescent kids get concussions, they still suffer from "deficits in brain function and cognitive performance" two years later, the lead researcher says in a press release . Most pediatric concussions are a result of sports injuries, according to the study, which was published... More »

New Test Could Save Kids With Concussions

Blood test is accurate 94% of the time, study says

(Newser) - Imagine a mobile device that not only identifies concussions in children but tells you how bad they are. Well, researchers say a new blood test has them closer to that ideal and diagnoses child concussions with 94% accuracy, UPI reports. "This simple blood test was nearly as accurate as... More »

Researchers Find Brain Disease in 96% of Deceased NFL Players

'Where I sit, this is a very real disease'

(Newser) - CTE—a degenerative brain disease—was found in 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players, further strengthening the connection between football and serious brain problems later in life, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced today. Sports Illustrated reports researchers found CTE—which causes depression, dementia,... More »

Devastated Dad Mourns Son Lost to 'Safer' Sport

Curtis Baushke knew he suffered brain damage—from soccer, dad says

(Newser) - When Curtis Baushke was in elementary school, he played both baseball and soccer, but he eventually narrowed it down to just soccer, partly because "he wanted to play a safe sport" after being hit by a few baseball pitches, his dad tells the New York Times . But Curtis, talented... More »

Judge OKs $1B NFL Settlement on Concussions

Average payout would be about $190K

(Newser) - A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits. NFL actuaries project about 6,000 of the league's nearly 20,000 retired players could someday develop Alzheimer's or moderate dementia over... More »

NFL Rookie Retiring Over Brain Injury Fears

SF 49er Chris Borland, 24, is leaving the NFL to avoid head trauma

(Newser) - It's a move that Dan Diamond, writing for Forbes , frames as what could be "the beginning of the beginning of the end … for the NFL's reign as the nation's most popular sport." San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland yesterday told ESPN's Outside ... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

Coroner Orders Tests on OSU Player's Brain

Fellow Buckeye says Karageorge didn't report concussions

(Newser) - The Ohio State University player found dead in a dumpster after an apparent suicide was killed by a gunshot wound, a coroner confirmed yesterday, but Kosta Karageorge's brain will be examined for injuries that could be linked to his football playing or wrestling. The examination by a neuropathologist isn'... More »

Body of OSU Player Was Found in Dumpster

Gun found as well in apparent suicide

(Newser) - More sad details are emerging in the apparent suicide of the missing Ohio State University football player found dead yesterday. NBC4i and ABC News report that Kosta Karageorge's body and a gun were found in a dumpster just a few hundred yards from his apartment. "Reports were that... More »

Parents Eye Brain Trauma in Teen Hockey Star's Suicide

A year after Zander Thomas killed self, multiple concussions suspected

(Newser) - A year ago today, 17-year-old Willy Alexander Thomas left his girlfriend's home, drove to the George Washington Bridge, sent goodbye texts to his parents and girlfriend, then jumped. Known as Zander, he had been treated for "mild depression," the New York Times reports, but his friends, family,... More »

Almost Half of Parents Worry About Kids Playing Football

But only 5% discourage their kids from playing

(Newser) - Almost half of parents have concerns about their kids playing football, but according to a new AP-GfK poll, they're not exactly yanking their offspring off the field in the kind of droves that will "kill pro football." Some 44% of parents were "not comfortable" letting their... More »

NCAA Reaches $70M Settlement Over Head Injuries

Organization will pay for athletes' health testing

(Newser) - The NCAA has reached a deal in a lawsuit brought by former players: The organization will pay to test athletes for brain trauma on the field. Though it admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, the NCAA will establish a $70 million fund to cover the tests, the AP reports. The... More »

Lawyers: Judge OKs NFL Concussion Settlement

Critics say league is still getting off lightly

(Newser) - A federal judge today granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by US District Judge Anita Brody came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned... More »

Dan Marino: I Was Confused, Didn't Mean to Sue NFL

Upon further review, Hall of Famer backs out of concussions lawsuit

(Newser) - The growing ranks of NFL veterans taking the league to court over concussions included a Hall of Fame quarterback, but only briefly. Dan Marino has withdrawn his name from a new lawsuit, reports the Sun-Sentinel . In a statement, the ex-Dolphins star blames it on legal confusion. "Within the last... More »

Players Sue: NHL Promoted 'Extreme Violence' for Profit

It's the second suit against the NHL since November

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is being sued by nine of its own, who claim the league "intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence" with an eye on profit, the suit reads. Ex-players brought a similar suit against the NHL in November , but the New York Times... More »

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