Health and Safety

Brain Doc Suggests Concussion Prevention

We frequently write blogs about concussion, but Dr. Robert Cantu, neurologist and medical director of the Nation Center for Catastrophic Sports and Injury Research in Boston, has a new set of recommendations for parents and sports coaches. Because a child’s brain isn’t fully developed, any trauma has the potential to be more damaging than trauma …

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Do You Need a Hearing Aid? And Can You Afford It?

Despite jokes and sitcom story lines, hearing loss is not inevitable. It is common, however, affecting one in three adults over age 65, and about half of people over age 70. While some people are genetically prone to develop problems with hearing, others face increased risk because of loud noises they experience throughout their lives–on …

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Temporary Tattoos May Cause Permanent Scars

Temporary tattoos seem so fun and innocuous. But as the saying goes: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about temporary tattoos, also known as “henna” tattoos. There have been reports of severe skin reactions, sometimes leading to permanent scarring. “Just because …

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When It Comes to Exercise, It Really Is the "Great Outdoors"

When it comes to exercise, new research suggests that benefits may depend on location, location, location. An article published in The New York Times outlines the reasons why exercising outdoors may be a better physical experience than exercising in a gym or at home. Here are some reasons why: Your stride is different when running outdoors. …

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Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL Over Concussion-Related Disease

In May 2012, we told you about the apparent suicide death of football star Junior Seau. He killed himself with a shot to the chest, presumably to preserve his brain so that experts could determine whether he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive form of brain damage caused by multiple concussions. (To …

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