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A change in concussion protocols for kids

There has been a heightened awareness of concussions diagnosis and prevention in recent years. This applies to professional athletes all the way down to young children. Generally speaking, those who have suffered a concussion would cease work and activities until the symptoms went away. This usually meant the following:

Leading cause of death for the young is unintentional injury

People talk about a fear of flying, but statistics say a person is more likely to die from lightning strike than a plane crash. Other fears include accidentally choking on food or animal attacks. However, the Center for Disease Control lists the leading cause of death in individuals 1-44 years old is unintentional injury. For a complete list of the CDC’s top 10 click here.

SoCal Gas pays $46 million to injured motorcyclist

The Southern California Gas Co. will pay $46 million to a motorcyclist hit by an employee driving a company pickup truck. The employee had a history of epileptic seizures, and hit the biker who was stopped at a stoplight in Hawthorn, California on February 13. Despite having his license suspended in 2012, the driver eventually returned to work even though he continued to have seizures. The staff at SoCal Gas were well aware of his condition and still elected to let him drive a company vehicle even after having a seizure at work.

Football-related concussions reduced by changing the kickoff

Football is religion for some here in the South, and many have staunchly resisted changes to the game. However, overwhelming evidence of concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) among football players at all levels of the sport have led many to wonder if the sport has a future in its current form. Parents certainly now think twice about allowing their children to play contact sports like football. Moreover, there are lawsuits involving the NFL and the NCAA regarding what plaintiffs describe as exploitative behavior that is detrimental to the health of the athlete because of TBI issues.

Senator Rand Paul sues neighbor after attack

They say that politics is a tough business to be in Washington, DC. But U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul found out things can be tough at home when he was attacked last November by neighbor while he mowed his lawn. According to a local paper, Dr. Rene Boucher who lives next door to the senator pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, which is a federal offense. The sentence was 30 days and included a $10,000 fine.

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