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New NHL Concussion Suit Filed Before Stanley Cup Finals

On the eve of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks, a former player has filed a lawsuit against the National Hockey League (NHL) for failing to warn him of the significant risk of brain damage. Ex-Blackhawk player and former coach of Tampa Bay, Steve Ludzik, filed the suit on Monday, June 1st in Chicago, Illinois. According to the suit, during his 10 year career, Ludzik claims he was “allowed and encouraged after suffering concussions to return to play in the same game and/or practice.” He now has Parkinson’s disease and claims it is a result of repeated concussions and continuing play in the NHL. This is not the first lawsuit to be brought against the NHL, or a professional sports league. Currently the NHL is facing a class-action lawsuit with several former players claiming a failure to educate and inform…
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Falls Among Older Americans Have ‘Risen Sharply Over the Past Decade,’ CDC Says

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQGjPOFio0&feature=related This ABC News segment on preventing dangerous falls among the elderly is a couple of years old, but the dangers remain as prevalent as ever. As we discussed on Monday, the National Safety Council (NSC) has made June National Safety Month, and this week is dedicated specifically to raising awareness about preventing slips, trips and falls. While we mentioned in our previous post that children aged 0 to 4 years old are one of the groups for which the rates of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by falls are highest, the other group is adults age 75 years and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that death rates from falls among older men and women have “risen sharply over the past decade,” and notes that many older people who fall develop a fear of falling—even if they were not injured. The CDC says this fear…
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Children Under Age of 4 Among Most at Risk for Falls, TBIs

This is a public service announcement from the Florida Department of Health, the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Florida Department of Children & Families. As the PSA notes, half of all children hospitalized for falls are under the age of 5. We are posting this video now because June has been designated as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council (NSC), and this week is dedicated to preventing slips, trips and falls. We discussed substance abuse issues relating to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) last week, but it is important to note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says falls are not only the leading cause of TBIs, but also result in the greatest number of TBI-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Furthermore, children aged 0 to 4 years old are one of two groups for which the rates of TBIs caused by…
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