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SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and one of the NFL's highest-profile alums, has joined the ranks of former players suing the league over concussion-related injuries. In court filings late last week, Marino, 52, claimed that league officials had long been aware of the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head but chose to ignore those warnings and put players' health at risk. But unlike some of the more than 5,000 ex-players who have filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia, Marino did not specify any explicit condition with which he has struggled in his post-football career.
SPORTS
May 14, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Libby Nichols, then 10 years old, wasn't considering future implications of what she was feeling after she fell at soccer practice. She just knew her head hurt. "I didn't know what all happened. I was seeing dots," Nichols said. "I continued to play. I shouldn't have. We did a heading drill right after I fell. " By that night, she was vomiting. A trip to the emergency room confirmed she'd suffered a mild concussion. As far as Nichols knows, that's the only concussion she ever suffered.
NEWS
April 23, 2014
A year ago, the Boston Marathon became a terrorist target chosen with what seemed like horrible precision. The bombing killed three, injured hundreds, and marred an iconic sporting event that resists security by its sprawling nature. The life of a metropolis was paralyzed as the perpetrators were hunted down. A year later, however, the marathon stands as a fortress of civic will. Athletes who train to run 26.2 miles heedless of typical human limitations - and, this being the Boston Marathon, some of the best among them - are not easily cowed by one more obstacle.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna didn't expect that things would be easy after her husband Richard suffered the double whammy of a blood infection and a stroke a year ago. But it was a surprise that the emotional damage from the stroke was more disturbing than his physical disabilities. He could no longer plan his days and didn't fully understand his limitations. What hurt her most, though, was that her feelings seemed to mean nothing to him. "I think a 5-year-old probably had more empathy than he did," said Donna, 56, of Rosemont.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014
Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season. The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by James Andrews on June 21, 2012. Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday. Chapman has surgery Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye, but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday in a spring training game.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Attorneys for a harness racing driver claim a poorly maintained track at Harrah's Philadelphia casino caused a crash that left him severely brain damaged last fall. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Philadelphia by lawyers for Anthony Coletta follows the state's suspension last week of Harrah's forthcoming racing schedule because the casino failed to comply with requests to address track surface issues. Harrah's casino license is contingent on the Chester site's offering horse racing.
SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Merril held a lacrosse helmet above his head Friday afternoon at the Convention Center. A crowd had gathered around his booth at the US Lacrosse National Convention, and the founder and CEO of Brain Sentry was explaining what would happen if he let it drop. Affixed to its rear, the helmet had a small impact sensor, made by his company, Brain Sentry. When the helmet registers the kind of shock powerful enough to cause a concussion - such as being dropped from a height - the device emits a strong red LED light visible from 30 yards away in bright sunlight.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most people who get a concussion seem to regain normal brain function within a month or two at most. But doctors have no way to predict which patients are in that group and which will suffer long-term cognitive problems. A team from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine seeks to solve that riddle with a simple blood test. In a new study in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the team reported that a protein called SNTF is a promising indicator of which patients with concussions are likely to experience chronic brain deficits.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
QR Pharma is a five-year-old start-up company based in Berwyn, but the young firm has been able to connect with well-known people and groups as it seeks funding to make drugs to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In 2012, QR Pharma got $468,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to explore a compound called Posiphen as a potential treatment for Parkinson's. This grant is for work that will be led by Robert Nussbaum of the University of California, San Francisco, and Jack T. Rogers, an associate professor of psychiatry at the genetics and aging research unit of Massachusetts General Hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* FRONTLINE. LEAGUE OF DENIAL: THE NFL'S CONCUSSION CRISIS. 9 tonight, WHYY12.   HALL OF FAMER Harry Carson has a 3-year-old grandson who won't be playing football if Carson has anything to say about it. "I've told his mom, my daughter, that he's not going to play football. And his father has bought in," the retired New York Giants linebacker told reporters this summer during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., for PBS' "Frontline" investigation "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.
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