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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 »

Shia LaBeouf's Head Through a Window Didn't Go So Well

Actor suffers head injury while filming movie in North Dakota

(Newser) - There's not usually a lot of celebrity news emanating out of North Dakota, but that's where the latest on Shia LaBeouf is coming from. The Transformers actor-turned- part-time performance artist has returned (for now) to acting, but things didn't go so well on the set of his... 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 »

Girl Run Over While Sunbathing in Driveway Dies

Her sister didn't see her when she opened the garage door and backed up

(Newser) - Marli Hamblin was simply and tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 15-year-old laid out on a blanket in her family's driveway in Syracuse, Utah, to sunbathe Friday, listening to her iPod through headphones, when her older sister, who did not know she was there, opened... More »

Woman Beats Cancer, Dies in Freak Bucket-List Fall

Mom of 2 recently beat breast cancer after 4 years of chemo

(Newser) - After four years of chemo in facing down—and recently beating—breast cancer, 51-year-old Geraldine Jones set out to fulfill a "lifelong dream" of riding a horse on her favorite stretch of beach in South Wales as a way to "appreciate every moment," a close friend tells... More »

Liam Neeson's Nephew Suffers Life-Threatening Head Injury

Accident comes 5 years after death of wife Natasha Richardson

(Newser) - Five years after his wife suffered a fatal head injury in a skiing accident, Liam Neeson is dealing with a similar family trauma, reports the Daily Mail . The actor's 31-year-old nephew, Ronan Sexton, fell 20 feet from a telephone box onto the pavement in East Sussex, Britain, and is... 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 »

Alex Karras, Actor, NFL Star, Dies at 77

Suffered dementia, was suing NFL over head injuries

(Newser) - Alex Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Karras' attorney said he died at home in Los Angeles today, surrounded by family. Karras had been suffering from dementia. He was among the more than 3,... More »

Literary Squabble Lands Guy in Hospital

Yep, alcohol was involved

(Newser) - An Ann Arbor man ended up in the hospital over the weekend after a heated argument about … books. The 34-year-old was at a party discussing books and authors on the porch with a group of people around 9pm on Saturday, AnnArbor.com reports. Another guest joined the conversation and... 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 »

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 »

Falling Tree Branch Kills Baby in Central Park

Freak accident injures mother of 6-month-old

(Newser) - A 6-month-old girl is dead and her mother hospitalized after a branch fell 40 feet from a tree and hit them as they posed for pictures at the Central Park Zoo yesterday. Karla DelGallo of New Jersey had Gianna Ricciutti in her arms and "was trying to get away... More »

Calif. Mulls Tough Helmet Law for Skiers, Boarders

Helmets required for anyone under 18, and ski areas would be responsible

(Newser) - Two bills making their way through the California legislature would give the state the strictest US regulations governing helmet use while skiing or snowboarding, and dramatically shift responsibility onto resort operators. The first bill would require anyone under 18 to strap on head protection, and subject parents to a $25... More »

New NFL Concussion Rules Debut This Week

Amnesia, poor balance will keep players sidelined for the day

(Newser) - The NFL today introduced its new rules governing concussions, expected to result in fewer injured players returning to the field when their symptoms subside. Players can be cleared to go back in the game only by independent experts, and if a player exhibits certain symptoms—amnesia, balance issues, or an... More »

En Route to Daily Show, a Not-So-Funny Incident

3 injured in Biden motorcade wreck

(Newser) - Three people were injured tonight when New York police clearing the way for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart collided with a livery cab trying to skirt the stopped traffic. “They T-boned him,” a witness told the Post of the incident,... More »

Blanchett Bloodied in Stage Accident

In Streetcar performance, radio destined for window finds her head instead

(Newser) - Cate Blanchett left the stage of a Sydney performance of A Streetcar Named Desire with a bloodied head after a prop mishap, the Telegraph reports. A co-star charged with throwing a radio out of window during a fight “sort of slipped and hit her in the head,” an... More »

NY Google Wiz Fights Back After He's Bashed by Branch

(Newser) - A Google engineer was fighting for recovery yesterday after suffering severe head injuries when a 100-pound branch slammed into his head as he was walking through New York's Central Park. The 33-year-old father of two responded to commands to open his eyes yesterday after being in a coma, reports the... More »

Freak Accident Nearly Kills Grand Prix Racer

Car part bounces off track, fractures Felipe Massa's skull

(Newser) - A Brazilian auto racer is in “life-threatening,” though stable, condition after a spring from another car bounced off the track and hit the driver in the helmet, knocking him unconscious as he drove into a barrier, the Independent reports. Felipe Massa’s surgery for multiple skull fractures was... More »

Catholic Teacher Held in 'Murder Attempt' on Student

British science teacher allegedly struck 14-year-old with a weight

(Newser) - A teacher in a Catholic school in England has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a student he allegedly attacked suffered serious head injuries, reports the Guardian. The teacher assaulted the 14-year-old boy with a weight block used in a science lab as class was about to begin,... More »

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