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Top Stories 2 Sept 2015

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Surge in Bicycle Injuries to Riders Over 45

The incidence of bicycle accidents has increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years, with many serious injuries occurring among riders older than 45, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco.

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Why Does Running Make Us Happy?

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The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the "runner’s high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.

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All-American Wrestler and Subject of ESPN Film Speaks about Battle with Chronic Muscle Disease

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Wrestling coach Mike Powell drew national attention as the force behind the Oak Park and River High School wrestling program that took students from the street to the mat and won multiple championships. Coach Powell, himself a wrestling champion and graduate of the Chicago-area school, went on to become an All-American at Indiana. In 2009, on the heels of a winning season, Powell was diagnosed with myositis, a rare muscle disease. ESPN and Sports Illustrated have documented his story. Powell will share the next chapter in Orlando, Sept. 10. Shortly after Powell speaks, the San Francisco Giants honor Mike Krukow, former Giant and now their veteran color commentator who has also been diagnosed with myositis.

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Mount Sinai Experts Will Be Available for Interviews During the 2015 US Open

The Mount Sinai Health System is serving as the Official Medical Services Provider for the US Open.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League Team Up to Provide Its Players With Baseline Concussion Testing

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Sports medicine specialists from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Children’s Orthopaedic Center administered baseline concussion tests to 98 athletes from the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League on Saturday, August 22 at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Valencia Outpatient Center.

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Activity Trackers Not as Accurate for Some Activities, ISU Study Finds

Activity trackers can provide a good overall estimate of calories burned, but an Iowa State University study finds they’re less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training.

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Color-Changing Polymer May Signal Traumatic Brain Injuries in Soldiers, Athletes (Video)

A bomb blast or a rough tackle can inflict serious brain damage. Yet at the time of impact, these injuries are often invisible. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes colors depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate this material into protective headgear. They will describe their approach at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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UTSW Cardiologist to Monitor Swimmer’s Heart During Historic Effort to Swim Across the Pacific Ocean

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Dr. Benjamin Levine of UT Southwestern will use NASA-honed technology to monitor swimmer Ben Lecomte as he plunges into the ocean off of a Tokyo beach this summer heading for San Francisco in his record-setting goal to become the first person to swim across the Pacific.

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Duke Provides Infection Control Steps to Keep Pro Football Players Healthy

To help teams keep infections to a minimum and players at their best, the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network has worked with the NFL and the NFL Players Association to develop a comprehensive reference manual for infection prevention, taking into account the highly contagious dynamics within a professional football team environment.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Tip Sheet for Aug. 2015

The August tip sheet includes story ideas related to prostate and breast cancer research, an enhanced Cedars-Sinai footprint, and the establishment of the Dr. Jerry H. Buss Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

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Tips for Keeping Your Children Injury-Free During Fall Sports

Many children return to sports such as soccer, football, cross-country and volleyball when they return to school. Physicians in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center say preparation before the first day of practice is critical in helping to reduce the risk of injury.

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As football season begins, AAN offers Super Bowl Champion Ben Utecht for interviews about concussion: "When in Doubt, Sit it Out"

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Speech Language Pathologists and Athletic Trainers at Ithaca College Work Together to Get Athletes Enough Air

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When an athlete tries to breathe deep and struggles to get air, their performance suffers and stress takes over. Such a common symptom is easily misdiagnosed, but could signal a physical issue that many sports health care professionals may be unaware of. Luckily, an unlikely pair of medical professionals at Ithaca College are teaming up to help athletes recover from this troublesome condition.

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College Football Head Impact Study Suggests Steps to Reduce Risk

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Despite growing concerns about concussions, the NCAA has not regulated full-contact football practices, arguing that there’s insufficient data available about head impacts. A new study from the University of Virginia School of Medicine begins to address that lack of data, detailing the number and severity of subconcussive head impacts over the course of an entire season. The researchers conclude that the NCAA’s lack of regulation comes at a cost to college players that seems “unnecessarily high” and call for changes to reduce head impacts.

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Head Impacts and Collegiate Football Practice and Games

Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVa) examined the number and severity of subconcussive head impacts sustained by college football players over an entire season during practices and games. The researchers found that the number of head impacts varied depending on the intensity of the activity.

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High Academic Stress Linked to Increased Illness, Injuries Among College Football Players

University of Missouri researchers have found college football players are more likely to experience injuries during test weeks than during training camp. The effects of academic stress on injury occurrences are even more pronounced among starting players, the researchers found.

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"Concussions Most Common During Practice." Pre-Season Tips for Students, Coaches, and Parents

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Best Treatment for Swimmer's Ear Is Prevention

There is nothing more refreshing than hopping into a cool pool on a hot summer day. But this relaxing summer activity can quickly become a real pain if you develop swimmer’s ear.

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Expert Tips Help Minimize Risk of Concussions in Young Athletes