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August 6, 2013

Frontline to tackle NFL’s traumatic brain injury problem

Just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season, PBS’ long-running Frontline (in tandem with ESPN’s Outside The Lines) will open its 32nd season with an episode on traumatic brain injuries in football. It’s not just a matter of grim reflection, or an academic subject, however. With more comprehensive, modern scientific data on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) now on offer, thousands of former players are taking on the NFL for allegedly concealing knowledge of the scope and grisliness of the problem. Indeed, the question raised at the end of the above trailer, on how prevalent these injuries may be, is a worthy one — researchers at Boston University, back in January, had found evidence of CTE in 33 of the 34 brains of NFL players they studied. source

19:59 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2011

Anderson Cooper on hot seat after teen guest’s skateboarding injury

Sometimes, standing in a foot of floodwater is easier than hosting a daytime talk show. This is a lesson “Anderson” learned the hard way, after a teenage guest on the CNN über-anchor’s daytime talk show put himself in a coma — by attempting to do some crazy skateboarding ahead of an appearance on the “Oprah” heir apparent. (They asked him to do so, because the show was about studying the teenage brain.) For what it’s worth, Anderson is somber about how things went: “I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured,” he said. “I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family.” But the real problem, of course, is that Anderson the journalist would never do something like put a kid in danger for ratings. How do you justify such a thing? source

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21:44 // 2 years ago