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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 »

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 »

High School Football Player Dies After Collision

Tom Cutinella is 3rd such incident in recent days

(Newser) - A New York high school junior died yesterday after colliding with an opponent during a football game and collapsing. Tom Cutinella, a member of the Shoreham-Wading River High School varsity team, sustained a head injury and collapsed around 6pm; he was taken by ambulance from the field to the hospital,... 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 »

Angry Soccer Fans Kill Star Player

Albert Ebosse dies after Algerian fans start throwing things

(Newser) - Algerian soccer fans angry over their team's 2-1 loss started throwing objects—reportedly rocks—at their players, and the defeat quickly turned tragic when 24-year-old JS Kabylie player Albert Ebosse got hit in the head. The star striker later "succumbed to a head injury," according to a... 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 »

Schumacher 'Slightly Better' After Surgery

Improvement surprises doctors

(Newser) - Michael Schumacher underwent a second surgery last night, and the good news is that he's showing "surprising improvement," the AP reports. The bad news? Even that unexpected bump was modest, leaving him, in only "slightly better condition" in Reuters ' telling. "We cannot say he... More »

NFL Pushed ESPN to Drop Concussion Documentary

Goodell and company reportedly told network they weren't happy: sources

(Newser) - ESPN yesterday backed out of a documentary on NFL concussions that it's been working on with PBS' Frontline for more than a year, in a surprise, last-minute move. Today, the New York Times hints at an explanation: The NFL pressured the network into it. Commissioner Roger Goodell and other... More »

Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL

Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide

(Newser) - Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also... More »

Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Fall

83-year-old hit her head, reportedly fine

(Newser) - Barbara Walters has landed in the hospital after taking a fall last night at the British ambassador's residence, reports Politico . The 83-year-old apparently took a tumble on a stair, and hit and cut her head. “Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have... More »

Video: Injuries on Zimmerman's Head?

Trayvon Martin shooter may have been attacked

(Newser) - Maybe George Zimmerman sustained head injuries on that fateful night after all, Huffington Post reports. Video of Zimmerman at the Sanford police station, enhanced for ABC News , shows what could be an injury on the back of his head. In Zimmerman's account , Trayvon Martin attacked him from behind, punched... More »

Easy Way to Reduce Tornado Injuries: Helmets

Grab a bike helmet if one is coming, say Alabama researchers

(Newser) - A cheap, practical, and easy way exists to reduce injuries during a tornado, say researchers at the University of Alabama: Wear a helmet. Strapping on a motorcycle, bicycle, or football helmet in a pinch could provide crucial protection, especially considering that head injuries are such a common cause of tornado... More »

More Ex-Players Sue NFL Over Brain Damage

2nd complaint claims the NFL covered up concussion dangers

(Newser) - Another lawsuit is being leveled against the NFL over brain damage suffered by former players. Ex-Miami Dolphins team members Patrick Surtain and Oronde Gadsden, along with 19 other players, have filed suit in Miami and are charging that the NFL deliberately omitted or concealed evidence connecting concussions to long-term neurological... More »

Save Boxing, It's a Worthy Fight

For many young people, rewards of boxing outweigh risks

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics last month came close to recommending a ban on boxing for children and teenagers altogether, putting the sport at risk like never before. But ending boxing would be a shame, writes Gordon Marino in the Wall Streeet Journal , who believes the payoffs of pugilism are... More »

Even Minor Head Injuries Boost Risk of Dementia

Survey of 280K veterans turns up sobering results

(Newser) - Even mild brain injuries can significantly increase the chance of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, says the largest brain injury survey ever conducted, and the first to concentrate on veterans. The study examined more than 280,000 veterans who were at least 55 and received care at... More »

Colts Legend John Mackey Dies of Dementia at 69

Tight end changed game on and off the field

(Newser) - Former Baltimore Colt John Mackey, one of football's great tight ends and one of the fiercest advocates for the rights of NFL players, has died from dementia at the age of 69. Mackey, who revolutionized his position during his playing days, won better pensions and benefits for players as... More »

Lou Gehrig May Not Have Had Lou Gehrig's Disease

Study: ALS is sometimes misdiagnosed

(Newser) - A new study has found that some patients diagnosed with ALS actually suffered from a different fatal disease that affects the central nervous system—and implies that Lou Gehrig himself may not have had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The study's review of the spinal cords of three... More »

Angelina Back at Work After Bumping Noggin on Set

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie is back at work on the Long Island set of Salt after bumping her head and being rushed to the hospital this morning, People reports. "As a precautionary measure, Ms. Jolie will be taken to the hospital and examined," Columbia Pictures said in a statement. Jolie,... More »

Richardson Tragedy Helps Save 7-Year-Old's Life

Parents take 7-year-old in after seeing story on CNN

(Newser) - The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from an epidural hematoma has raised awareness of the dangers of seemingly minor head injuries, and helped save the life of a 7-year-old Ohio girl, CNN reports. Morgan McCracken was hit by a baseball while playing with her father, but seemed OK. “... More »

Richardson Dead at 45

(Newser) - Natasha Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film Patty Hearst and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of Cabaret, died yesterday at age 45 after suffering a head injury during a ski lesson. It was a sudden and horrifying loss for... More »

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