Latest Health Stories

Today my daughter’s family will join me and my better half for burgers on the grill… daughter and I will probably argue politics and stuff….great fun!

If this was not a Saturday then these words would be about the new health care bill….but since it is the weekend the post will be about the findings in the fields that deal with Health and medicine….

In the past we have heard a lot about the connection between football, concussions and death….well there is a hew study of the brains of 111 football players…..

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college, and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. CTE was diagnosed in 177 former players or nearly 90% of brains studied, but the report, published Tuesday in JAMA, doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players. Rather, it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death, reports the AP.

That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players; 48 of 53 college players; nine of 14 semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football league players, and three of 14 high school players. The disease was not found in brains from two younger players. The average age of death among all players studied was 66. There were 18 suicides among the 177 diagnosed. “There are many questions that remain unanswered,” says lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist: “How common is this” in the general population and all football players? “How many years of football is too many?” and “What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years,” she notes.

Maybe keeping your children from playing the sport would help prevent a lot of the concussion problems….just a thought.

For well over 50 years there has been lots of research into the different strains of cancer and its cure….a recent study on cancer came to some pretty amazing conclusions…….

Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life, a study of ancient remains has found.

Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.

A greater understanding of its origins could lead to treatments for the disease, which claims more than 150,000 lives a year in the UK.

There you have the updates in the health field….now go have a good day and enjoy some time to yourself……
See you guys tomorrow…..chuq

9 thoughts on “Latest Health Stories

  1. I have read similar reports on the absence of cancer in ancient times. But it has certainly been around since the Middle Ages, as there are references to facial tumours and skin cancers in many contemporary writings.
    The sports injury findings are similar here. They have even stated that soccer players who are good at ‘heading’ a ball can suffer serious problems in later life. No doubt we will soon see players wearing protective headgear.
    Enjoy your burgers with the family.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. First of all there is never going to be a cure for cancer as long as cancer is a multi-billion-dollar-per-year industry and the reason no traces of diseases were found in ancient mummies is because syphillis and gonorrhea virus/germs/whatever have a short shelf life. The best way to prevent head injuries in sports activities is to prohibit people playing in them. The same as the way to prevent drivers being killed in race cars. Shut down the damned tracks!

    1. Tetracycline was invented by the ancient Egyptians…it was a by-product of their “beer” brewing and was used in medicine once it was found to have medicinal properties…BTW aspirin was also….

      Racing is still going great guns…..they have made the cars a lot safer these days…that is all but NASCAR… is no. 1 in the racing world.

      I would have no problem of getting rid of football altogether…so I like that idea….have a good weekend….chuq

  3. Since it’s Saturday, & I’m babysitting, I’ll refrain from commenting, especially on the comments, in favor of promoting peace…. Enjoy the family time, bro, & see you when I’ve recovered the energy expenditure from today… shouldn’t take more than a week or so…. Whew! Only early afternoon, I’m beat, & she’s about to awake from her recharge with a new bundle of energy…. Keeps me on me toes, fer sure….

    Ever try a half-hour marinade in Worcestershire Sauce? Douse the burgers in it awhile before grilling them; adds a great flavor to the meat…. Not heavy dousing, more like a wet rub…& a bit of basting with the sauce when they’re turned over….


  4. Chuq, perhaps the human body is not made to go flying around like so many darts and arrows. And, it’s not just the NFL! I recall the collision–head-to-head, during the Women’s FIFA, several years ago, between Germany and the U. S.

    Similarly, our nephew had two concussions several years ago, playing travel ice hockey. The headaches continued for several years. He’ll never try to play again!

    In fact, retired L. A. Dodgers pitcher, Tommy Johns, for whom the shoulder surgery is most associated with, has suggested that young players–even as teen-agers–should reduce their throwing during the season, and take a number of months totally off during the off-season, in order for their arms to recuperate and grow properly.

    Besides children and young men and women wanting to be superstars, I believe
    that the harmful influence comes from two groups: parents and coaches. Youth Sports should have, as goals: fun; healthful exercise; friendship and teamwork; and actually learning the game.

    Perhaps the parents and coaches are trying to make-up for their own athletic inadequacies through the kids!

    Some years ago, I knew a colleague who had lived in Boston for some time. His children had played in Youth Sports under a program sponsored by Boston University. Coaches, referees, scorekeepers, etc. were all affiliated with B. U.–professors and P. E. students. Parents were not allowed to attend practice!

    When my friend discussed that at lunch one day, everyone seemed stunned at how simple proper Youth Sports could be, by re-arranging everyone’s priorities. And of course, movies like “Snapshot” are the wrong form of entertainment for future hot shots!

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