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How Training Without Helmets Could Reduce Head Injuries

The New York Times

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To protect the heads of football players, it might be advisable to have them occasionally practice without head protection, according to a counterintuitive new study of a successful Division I football program.

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How a Boy's Concussion Death Changed British Sports

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After a young rugby player died in Northern Ireland, his family and a brain expert set about to establish concussion guidelines, looking in part to the United States.

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A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

The New York Times

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A novel way to help young men growing up in communities in which concentrated poverty, violence and unemployment are well-documented barriers to health and longevity: male youth of color are trained to be the emergency response team to help stabilize street victims before doctors or nurses begin ...

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Family fighting Huntington's Disease with sheep

WXMI

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A certain breed of sheep may carry a specific trait that could possibly treat Huntington’s disease. Early trials have shown that mice treated with the chemical compound found in sheep can reactivate motor function.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

The New York Times

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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Health & Medicine An American surgeon pioneers surgery for kids in Uganda that helps kids in the US

Public Radio International (PRI)

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The typical surgery for hydrocephalus, a brain swelling disease, often leads to infection. Medical constraints in Uganda inspired a neurosurgeon to create a safer and more effective surgery which is now used in Uganda and the U.S.

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Fostering a Team Approach to Drug Cures

The New York Times

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Chronic diseases have remained incurable and difficult to treat and myelin, the proteins in the body that transmit nerve impulses, is an important factor that connects them together. The Myelin Repair Foundation has created a collaborative partnership among different research labs to work on myel...

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Canary in the Code Mine

Backchannel

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As the U.S. shifts away from coal, thousands lose their jobs and live on unemployment. BitSource, a tech startup in Kentucky, is teaching ex-miners how to code.

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Out of Jail, and Into a Job

The New York Times

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. The program provides newly-released prisoners with transitional services - most si...

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Seeding Dreams with Self-Esteem: Building New Opportunities for Women in Rural Appalachia

Appalachian Voices

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A girls camp in West Virginia and a residential program in Kentucky help Appalachian women build self esteem and enable them to turn their life around through mentoring, stem classes, and job counseling.

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