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Degenerative Brain Disease in Contact-Sport Athletes—Scientists Hit Back

Degenerative Brain Disease in Contact-Sport Athletes—Scientists Hit Back

  • 12/9/2016 2:20:00 AM
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Christina Bennett, M.S.You have probably seen the headlines touting the latest football player to be diagnosed with the rare degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE was first diagnosed in NFL football player Mike Webster in 2002 and has continued to grab the public’s attention.Experts believe that repeated hits to the head are the cause of CTE. These brain injury events include both those labeled as concussions and brain injuries less severe. People at...
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Extinguishing The Flame Of Inflammation

Extinguishing The Flame Of Inflammation

  • 9/30/2016 2:03:00 AM
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Corrine Metzger, M.S.An uncontained fire can quickly spread and wreak havoc on areas both near and far to the instigating source. Under the right conditions, one flame can set a whole forest on fire and soon spread beyond its confines. In a similar way, inflammation can start at a local region in the body, but the damaging effects can spread to distant sites. One example of far spread damage of inflammation is the bone loss concurrent with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory bowel disease (...
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A Little Fish Oil Could Go a Long Way

A Little Fish Oil Could Go a Long Way

  • 10/17/2011 2:38:00 PM
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 Justin Dobson, Ph.D(c), CSCS, SCCC   Inflammation is a natural response to stress put on the body. It is the first step in the body’s healing process, in which repair cells are directed from the blood into the injured tissue. Acute (short-lived) inflammation is necessary, but problems arise when inflammation persists (chronic inflammation). Besides rheumatoid arthritis or tendonitis, chronic inflammation accompanies many other disease states, such as atherosc...
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