Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ariel Sharon Won’t Wake Up

Recent reports of evaluating former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) do not indicate that he is on the verge of awakening from a coma after his severe stroke seven years ago. For 20 years, fMRI has been a useful and often fascinating tool for neuroscientists to investigate… Read more »

Armstrong’s Doping Disgrace

Lance Armstrong’s disgrace sits among the leading and unprecedented doping scandals in US sports history. Such doping may have gone unnoticed by many in years past, but we are now witnessing the evolution of an international commitment to fair play and ethical values in elite sports. Established in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is… Read more »

RGIII’s Knee Injury: A Fumbled Decision?

The recent injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has sparked a lot of discussion and speculation about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in athletes at all levels. RGIII sustained a minor LCL (lateral collateral) sprain when he was tackled on December 9. He sat out one game then returned in the last game… Read more »

Former NFL Player Suffered Degenerative Brain Disease

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Degenerative brain disease is widely associated with athletes who have sustained repetitive blows to the head. The NIH’s discovery, made in a controlled study that included Mr…. Read more »

Young Athletes Need Protection After Concussion

Young people with sports-related concussions who return to play too soon risk devastation or death from “second impact syndrome,” according to the new edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The journal details the case of a 23-year-old Indiana man who returned to high school football following a concussion. Six years later, he is wheelchair-bound… Read more »