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Ask Dr. Pat · Health

Ask Dr. Allen: Football and the Defense Against Concussion

By Dr. Baxter Allen
Dr. Baxter Allen

Concussions are not generally caused by directly applied force, but are rather thought to be due to the consequences of a rotational force as the head and brain move around a fixed point at the neck. Since helmets do not prevent the head from moving around the neck, they cannot prevent these rotational forces from being applied to the brain.

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General Medical · Health

A Concussionary Tale

By Shelley Singer
On the bus, a powerful sense of being out of whack in my head suddenly overtook me. It was as if the plates in my skull had slipped several notches—like the feeling telegraphed when a cartoon character gets slammed on the head by a two-by-four, and you see squiggles and exclamation points and pound signs revolving in the air above him. The balloon would have read, “Boing!”
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Fitness · News · Politics

On Super Bowl Sunday, a Concussion Conversation Continues

By Women's Voices For Change
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and even if your hometown’s team is one of the competitors, none has completely escaped chatter about the brain-injury controversy—from CNN’s report on the long-lasting damage suffered by former players, after years of impacts like those at left, to stories from Business Week and others on how states are already changing practice rules for school…
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Health

September: Traumatic Brain Injury Month

By Dr. Baxter Allen
September is national traumatic brain injury awareness month. We were unaware of the many long term consequences of concussion for far too long. Now we know that even mild traumatic brain injury can have serious and long lasting impact of the lives of those affected.
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Film & Television · News

Wednesday 5: Over-40-and-Fabulous Actresses Under the Radar

By Paige Morrow Kimball
By Paige Morrow Kimball

What about the actresses who aren’t on the "top ten box office earner" list? What about those actresses over 40 who work constantly in film and television, but have yet to become household names? These women have been at it for years, with dozens of roles under their belts. They’ve paid their dues, honed their craft, and they have somehow managed to survive in the volatile business of entertainment.

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News

Women’s Voices: A Real Game Changer for the NFL

By Elizabeth Willse
The above public service announcement aired during the Jets-Bengals playoff game on Saturday, possibly unnoticed by football fans anxious to continue cheering their teams. But some fans saw, in this simple announcement, the culmination of a dramatic story that has been building on the sidelines. Throughout this football season, growing concerns about traumatic brain injury have shaken the complacency of…
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General Medical · News

Theresa Heinz Kerry: Get That Mammogram

By Women's Voices For Change
Theresa Heinz Kerry’s last piece seen at WVFC was on the need for long-term care to be included in health reform, which seems now to be occurring (at least as of today). Even then, we learn  now, Heinz Kerry was facing her own health-care crisis, after a routine mammogram last year revealed she had  breast cancer. So when the new…
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Fitness · News

Gay Culverhouse, a Grandmother Who Speaks Truth to NFL Power

By Diane Vacca
Instantly noticeable among the dark suits at the House Judiciary Committee hearing two weeks ago, Gay Culverhouse stood out in her purple dress, but even more for what she said. She hammered the National Football League and its doctors relentlessly, charging that they treat individual football players as “a disposable commodity.” I confess, I don’t follow football. I don’t even…
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