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NFL Meddling in Brain Injury Research

In 2012, the National Football League made headlines with a promise to donate a substantial sum of money to further the field of concussion research. The NFL promised to provide $30 million in research funding to the National Institutes of Health. The NFL further claimed that the gift was not restricted and that use of the money would be overseen entirely by the NIH. A recent Congressional study has concluded that the NFL engaged in efforts to improperly influence the research.

Medical Mistakes Take Heavy Toll

Heart disease and cancer are easily the top two causes of death in the United States, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The third leading cause of death, contributing more than one-quarter of a million fatalities a year, is medical errors. The study calculated that 9.5 percent of deaths in this country, or 251,454, were the result of mistakes made by doctors, nurses and other health care workers. The prominent position of medical mistakes may come as a surprise to many, as the health care industry works hard to downplay their prevalence.

Traumatic Brain Injuries on Playgrounds

Concussion awareness is a hot-button issue in the field of athletics. Youth sports are a common source of concern for parents. The danger of concussions is an issue frequently raised in connection with football, soccer and other contact sports. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that parents should also be aware of the potential for brain injuries on the playground. According to researchers, the number of serious head injuries suffered on playgrounds has risen sharply in recent years.

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