Tag: NFL

Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise

CHICAGO (AP) — Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study examined national 2001-2013 data on playground injuries to kids aged 14 and younger who received emergency-room treatment. Of almost 215,000 kids on average treated yearly, almost 10 percent — about 21,000 annually — had traumatic brain injuries including concussions. Only nonfatal injuries were...

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Blood test for concussions? Researchers report some progress

CHICAGO (AP) — New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment. The study involved patients at one hospital in Florida and the results are preliminary — a concussion blood test based on the two proteins studied or on other so-called biomarkers under review is likely at least a few years away from routine use. But the new findings “are a substantial step”...

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Facebook’s sports product to launch during NFL championships

(A.P) There’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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