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2,000 players unite in suing NFL over head injuriesupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 12:42:00

A unified lawsuit on behalf of more than 2,000 National Football League players has been filed against the league in federal court, alleging that the NFL failed to acknowledge and address neurological risks associated with the sport and then deliberately failed to tell players about the risks they faced, according to attorneys representing former players.

Does brain injury link NFL players, wounded warriors?updated: Wed May 16 2012 15:00:00

The same dementia-like disease found in the brain tissue of several National Football League players has shown up in the brains of four U.S. veterans exposed to improvised explosive devices and other head trauma, according to new research.

Junior Seau's family talks to elders about brain studyupdated: Tue May 08 2012 05:36:00

A decision on if researchers can study Junior Seau's brain for clues to the NFL veteran's suicide will wait until his family meets with elders from their Samoan culture, his family said Monday.

Junior Seau's last interviewupdated: Mon May 07 2012 06:16:00

Soledad O'Brien talks exclusively to Tim Abell on conducting one of Junior Seau's last interviews and friend David Biber.

Doctors to examine Junior Seau's brainupdated: Mon May 07 2012 06:16:00

Junior Seau's family will let researchers study the former NFL linebacker's brain for evidence of trauma, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said Friday.

More players file concussion lawsuits against the NFL updated: Fri May 04 2012 09:34:00

More than 100 former professional football players, including former Atlanta Falcons Jamal Anderson, Chris Doleman, and O.J. Santiago, are adding their names a growing list of players suing the NFL.

Junior Seau's death classified as a suicideupdated: Fri May 04 2012 02:16:00

The San Diego County medical examiner's office Thursday classified the death of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau as a suicide, but the finding will probably do little to answer questions swirling since he was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Andy Staples: Justified or not, Seau's death puts football under question againupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:42:00

I hope football didn't do this. Jim Trotter: Draft prospect Owusu embodies mystery of concussions in footballupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 22:13:00

Stanford wideout/returner Chris Owusu has a sprinter's speed and a bodybuilder's physique. He also has a medical report that makes NFL teams wince.

NFL takes good first step to protect playersupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:02:00

In the NFL, controlled violence is, and always will be, an essential part of the sport. As fans, we have no problem with coaches telling players to run hard, hit hard and tackle hard, because we know that we can't take that kind of contact and tough physicality out of football.

What's the link between PTSD, TBI and violence? updated: Thu Mar 22 2012 08:53:00

Q: Sgt. Robert Bales has been accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. He served three tours in Iraq before this and his lawyer says he may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury. What's the link between violence and those disorders?

Big hits, broken dreamsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 07:04:00

The sport of tackle football can be very dangerous. Can teams play safely and still win? Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Brain bank examines athletes' hard hits updated: Fri Jan 27 2012 07:04:00

For 17-year-old Nathan Stiles, his senior year was supposed to be the best yet.

Former NFL players sue league over head injuriesupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 17:30:00

Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens and two other former NFL players have filed a lawsuit accusing the National Football League of misleading them and failing to protect them against on-the-field brain injuries they say caused health problems years after they retired.

Ex-players sue NFL over concussionsupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 17:30:00

Former Detroit Lion Ryan Stewart is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging NFL negligence in regard to concussions. Peter King: Steelers must convince suspended Harrison to change; mailupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 14:45:00

It's clear the Colt McCoy hit by James Harrison was the final brick in the wall for the NFL. Harrison was suspended for one game today -- though I disagree with the ruling; more about that later -- and the league made it clear the suspension was for the accumulation of illegal hits, not just this one.

Brain-injured Giants fan moves from hospital to rehab facilityupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 21:00:00

The San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten into a coma this year after a Los Angeles Dodgers game has improved enough that he was transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center said Tuesday.

Tackle the concussion epidemicupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:39:00

It's football season: From Pop Warner, Young American Football League and other children's football leagues; from high school to college and the pros, football is the name of the game.

Lawyer: Homeless man died of brain injuries after struggle with copsupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 20:06:00

A homeless man who sustained injuries in a confrontation with police in Fullerton, California, died from brain injuries as a result of head trauma, according to medical records made public Wednesday by an attorney for the man's family.

Pediatricians seek to KO youth boxingupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 07:19:00

Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls. Michael McCann: Concussion lawsuit could cost NFL, whether settled in or out of courtupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 16:44:00

Did the National Football League hide from its players the long-term neurological dangers of playing NFL football? Did it train its players to tackle with their heads, knowing that players would then become more susceptible to neurological injury?

Former NFL players: League concealed concussion risksupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 19:16:00

Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the National Football League, saying the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions on players' brains but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010.

Film aims to show football's culture of playing despite concussionsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:24:00

Ellis Hobbs likened his spine to a jelly doughnut, saying that one of his vertebrae "squeezed out the back end" when he took a jolt to the head during a kick return in 2009. Peter King: Next 30 days are crucial in talks between owners, playersupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 17:39:00

SEATTLE -- Today we have a little bit on the labor-thawing NFL front, as well as the annual Father's Day book list (with an offbeat sports bio I cannot recommend highly enough), a tribute to one of the giants of the sportswriting business you may not know, how one team's prepping for the resumption of football (let us pray), some encouraging news about helmet technology, and a death in the 49er family that means half of one of the great backfields in history is gone.

The brain's amazing potential for recoveryupdated: Thu May 05 2011 08:24:00

In January, a bullet fired from point-blank range tore through her brain. Just last week, she was seen walking, albeit with effort, up the stairs of an airplane.

Gabby Giffords 'doing remarkably well'updated: Thu May 05 2011 08:24:00

In March, astronaut Mark Kelly gave an update on his wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Duerson brain tissue analyzed: Suicide linked to brain diseaseupdated: Tue May 03 2011 07:53:00

His was a suicide with a macabre twist. In February, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before leaving behind a note requesting his brain be studied for evidence of a disease striking football players.

Duerson asked for brain to be studiedupdated: Tue May 03 2011 07:53:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with the family of a former NFL player who committed suicide.

Tests reveal former NFL player suffered from brain diseaseupdated: Tue May 03 2011 06:05:00

His was a suicide with a macabre twist. In February, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before leaving behind a note requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of a disease striking football players.

Diet may help soldiers recover from brain injuriesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 12:20:00

New research suggests a high-calorie, high-protein diet may improve the outcome for some service members with brain injuries due to battlefield explosions. Bret Michaels Sues CBS and Tony Awards over Head Injuryupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 20:48:00

The rocker seeks unspecified damages after his June 2009 show mishap

What will happen to former NFL player's brain?updated: Sat Feb 26 2011 08:01:00

Tregg Duerson, his face drawn and his eyes exhausted, expressed confusion and dismay about many of the details surrounding his father's suicide last week. But he is sure about one thing. Peter King: A retrospective of the 2010 NFL seasonupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 12:15:00

It's been an odd week. I've been bronchially ill for much of it, napping and coughing and going to bed at 8. I planned to have this week's column be a year-in-review job, what with management and players in silent mode before the federal mediator in Washington over the weekend.

Footballer: 'Are you OK with destroying a kid's brain for this game?'updated: Sun Feb 06 2011 11:42:00

"Bull in the ring" is a drill almost as old as football.

Small players, big risksupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 11:42:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the risks of concussion for young football players, and a possible solution.

Vision test offers rare, early glimpse of concussionupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 21:31:00

For an injury that is largely invisible, it is no small irony that a new test to detect concussion involves the eyes.

Inside a brain injury recoveryupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 05:33:00

From a rehabilitation center in New York, Emilie Gossiaux has been planning her next art project, which she will probably never see. She's thinking it will involve constructing a chair out of wood and then covering it in multicolored clay to turn it into a completely different shape.

Giffords in key period after brain injuryupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 05:31:00

After surviving a gunshot wound to the head at a political event Saturday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, and Tuesday was seen as significant in her recovery.

Giffords' injury, surgery and road to recoveryupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 14:13:00

After surviving a gunshot wound to the head at political event Saturday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, and Tuesday was seen as significant in her recovery.

New Jersey law sidelines student athletes who may have a brain injuryupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 09:10:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing defense against brain injuries for student athletes. Pablo Torre: Former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski becomes leading figure in head trauma researchupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 12:52:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 29. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

Brain injuries steal player's memoryupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 10:05:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a young athlete who had his memory stolen by multiple concussions.

Players, grieving mom back youth head injury protection billupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 12:03:00

Concussions for student-athletes not only cause headaches and impair concentration and everyday function, they can be deadly, experts testified in a congressional hearing Thursday.

College football player who committed suicide had brain injuryupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 15:21:00

An autopsy of a 21-year-old college football player who committed suicide has revealed mild stages of a type of brain damage typically seen in retired or aging athletes and can cause neurobehavioral disorders and bizarre behavior.

Did concussions play role in Lou Gehrig's disease?updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 20:21:00

With his head bowed and a barely detectable quiver in his voice, the baseball player known as the "Iron Horse" devastated the crowd at Yankee Stadium, not by hitting a home run, but by announcing that he was dying.

Military wants to know if tests broke rules on human experimentsupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 20:25:00

The Department of Defense inspector general is investigating whether medical tests on wounded U.S. military personnel may have violated government rules on human experiments.

Young player had brain damage more often seen in NFL veteransupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 09:03:00

Young, athletic and troubled -- NFL player Chris Henry might have been a football cliché.

More often than not, brain injuries lead to depressionupdated: Tue May 18 2010 16:53:00

People who experience serious head injuries often require days -- if not weeks -- of medical care to get back on their feet. For most of them, the mental aftershocks will last long after they've checked out of the hospital. David Epstein: Roethlisberger acts like person with frontal lobe damageupdated: Wed May 05 2010 14:18:00

Dr. Jordan Grafman has never examined nor met Ben Roethlisberger, and yet listening to him talk about the people he studies, it's as if he's describing the troubled Steelers quarterback.

Michaels' type of hemorrhage has wide range of outcomesupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 22:22:00

The feeling of blood hitting the brain's sensitive covering can give a person the worst headache of his life, doctors say.

Did early CT scans increase my son's cancer risk?updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:52:00

My son, who is now a healthy 3-year-old, had six or seven head CT scans along with two MRIs and some X-rays for a head injury he had when he was just 11 months old. I am very concerned about this new study regarding CT scans causing risk to cancer in future. Did we put our son at risk because of those CT scans? Jim Kelley: Mark Messier takes shot at concussion epidemicupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:24:00

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently acknowledged receipt of a report linking Reggie Fleming, a former NHL player who passed away last July, to serious brain injury. Authored by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at Boston University and the Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Center in Massachusetts, the report connected for the first time a pro hockey player to the post-career brain health risks that are already linked to boxers and what seem to be terrifying numbers of pro, college and even high school football players. Peter King: Warner sees light on head injuries; 10 things to watchupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:28:00

Kurt Warner knew, as he walked to see the Arizona Cardinals team medics last Sunday morning in Nashville, that playing against the Titans was not up to them. It was up to him. His words would determine whether he'd go out on the field with his sore neck and an odd, sharp sensitivity to light. Ann Killion: NFL needs help in policy to deal with dangerous concussionsupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 12:59:00

The NFL took a small step forward from its customary stance of denial and obfuscation on the issue of brain injuries.

Alcohol may protect the brain during an accidentupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 09:53:00

Alcohol, a drug that is a major cause of accidents, may actually protect the brain from a life-threatening injury when an accident does occur, according to a study published this week in Archives of Surgery.

Can traumatic brain injury trigger mental health issues?updated: Wed Sep 02 2009 10:24:00

Can traumatic brain injury cause a person to develop a mental health problem or trigger an underlying problem not yet discovered, which then causes the person to create a fantasy world while in a coma, which, when they awake they are adamant is real?

Commentary: Thank our soldiers with a dollar and a Tweetupdated: Fri May 22 2009 12:24:00

If someone risked his or her life for you, would you give him or her a dollar?

Natasha's lesson helps save Ohio girlupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 08:55:00

Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed.

Should you go to the ER?updated: Wed Apr 22 2009 08:55:00

How do you know if you should go to the ER after a head injury? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the danger signs.

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