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Growing up in football: first-ever ratings of youth helmets

Growing up in football: first-ever ratings of youth helmets

Most football players in America are younger than high-school age. But there’s very little data tracking exactly how children get hit on the field. Focusing only on pre-high school aged players, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab has published what they call the first-ever ratings showing how well youth football helmets protect against head injuries. The…MORE

Another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial ends in failure: ‘This one hurts’

Another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial ends in failure: ‘This one hurts’

It’s another devastating blow in the search for a treatment for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease. Pharmaceutical giant Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai announced Thursday they were halting two phase three clinical trials of a drug that targets the buildup in the brain of beta-amyloid, one of two proteins that researchers believe contribute to…MORE

Nikki Haley is criticized for her comment on health care in Finland

Nikki Haley is criticized for her comment on health care in Finland

The top Finnish envoy to the United Nations joined a chorus of people slamming Nikki Haley for saying the European nation’s health care system is lacking compared to that of the United States. The incident started when Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized the cost of childbirth in the United States, saying it’s about $12,000 compared to…MORE

Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks

Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks

In the ongoing — and sometimes vicious — vaccination debates online, pediatricians who are vocal vaccine advocates have become frequent targets of anti-vaxers. Dr. Paul Offit keeps a fat folder of nasty messages he’s received so that “if someone kills me, my wife can give it to the police.” He does not laugh when he…MORE

Car crash ER visits fell in states that ban texting while driving, study says

Car crash ER visits fell in states that ban texting while driving, study says

States with bans on texting while driving saw an average 4% reduction in emergency department visits after motor vehicle crashes, an equivalent of 1,632 traffic-related emergency department visits per year, according to a new analysis. Researchers examined emergency department data across 16 US states between 2007 and 2014. The states were picked based on the…MORE

Young people on amphetamines for ADHD have twice the psychosis risk compared to other stimulants, study says

Young people on amphetamines for ADHD have twice the psychosis risk compared to other stimulants, study says

Teens and young adults with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, who receive amphetamines such as Adderall for treatment have a higher risk of developing psychosis, compared to those who receive methyphenidates stimulants, such as Ritalin, according to a large new study. Using two national insurance claim databases, the authors followed 221,486 teens and young adults ages…MORE

An Ohio court is being asked to clarify when life begins in lost embryo case

An Ohio court is being asked to clarify when life begins in lost embryo case

An Ohio lawyer, representing a couple that lost three frozen embryos in a fertility clinic storage tank malfunction, is asking a court to clarify when life begins. Bruce Taubman is scheduled Wednesday to appear before a three-judge panel in the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals to argue on behalf of his clients Wendy and…MORE

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