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Texas to launch massive youth-athlete concussion study

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — This week, Texas will launch what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public high school sports, is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project, from which they hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes. A state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a...

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Italy campaign to combat infertility stumbles with racist ad

ROME (AP) — Italy’s efforts to combat infertility and reverse one of Europe’s lowest birthrates stumbled badly Thursday following an ad campaign denounced as sexist, racist and ignorant of the economic reasons why Italians aren’t having babies. Italy on Thursday celebrated its first-ever “Fertility Day,” promoted by the Health Ministry to prevent infertility and sterility through education and health programs. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin sought to keep on message during the official launch, decrying the fact that 700,000 Italians who want to have children can’t because of infertility problems. The campaign focuses on tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse. But...

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Facebook’s sports product to launch during NFL championships

(A.P)┬áThere’s a new stadium in town. Actually, in every town. It’s on Facebook. Facebook Sports Stadium will debut at the NFL’s conference championship games and then the Super Bowl. After that, the social media giant’s first sports product will cover most major events around the world. With 1.55 billion users, an estimated 650 million of them sports fans, it seems a natural place to gather for the kind of passionate conversation that accompanies virtually every pass, tackle and kick. “Sports is inherently social and has been since the beginning of time,” Facebook’s Dan Reed says. “Historically, to watch a...

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