Health and Safety

Disc Brakes Suspended in Pro Cycling Races after Injury

For months, the Association of Professional cyclists (CPA) had been sending letters to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) outlining the hazards of disc brakes and asking for their use to be suspended. That’s exactly what happened…but only after Spanish cyclist Francisco Ventoso was injured after running into another rider’s brake rotor during a race. The …

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Brain Injury Revealed in 40 Percent of Retired NFL Players

More than 40 percent of retired National Football League (NFL) players in a recent study had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. “This is one of the largest studies to …

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New Blood Test Can Detect Concussions

Good concussion news! (I never thought I would type those words.) Scientists have come up with a simple blood test that can detect concussion up to seven days after the injury, taking the guesswork out of making a diagnosis. Concussions have reached almost epidemic proportions in young people, especially among those who play sports. Whether …

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NFL Admits Football's Link to Brain Disorders

Medical experts have been raising the red flag for years:  Playing football can cause brain damage and long-term degenerative brain disorders. Now, for the first time, an NFL official has finally acknowledged the link. According to an article in the New York Times, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, appears …

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DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer's Product Recalls

Possible glass bits in certain products are the reason for a recall of specific DiGiorno pizzas, and Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s dinners. The glass got into the products from spinach (although how the glass got into the spinach has not been revealed). According to an article on WRAL.com, the voluntary recall involves limited numbers of: …

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Warning about Dangerous Birth Control Device!

How dangerous does a medical device have to be before the FDA takes action to protect the public? The FDA acknowledges that there are serious risks with using the birth control device called Essure. Essure is a flexible mettle and polyester coil that looks like a small spring. One device is inserted into each Fallopian …

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