Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Sports equipment maker Bauer has unveiled a collar-like device it says can protect against microscopic brain damage in athletes playing contact sports like hockey, soccer and football.

Researchers who developed the NeuroShield say it's not known yet whether the product can also prevent concussions in players who suffer head trauma.

The NeuroShield collar is worn around the neck and applies a slight pressure that increases blood volume in the veins around the brain, helping to reduce movement of the brain inside the skull.

Damage occurs when the brain sloshes around inside the skull due to a blow to the head.

Former N-H-L star Mark Messier, a Bauer spokesman, says he hopes the device will allow kids to remain engaged in sports and keep athletes of all ages and abilities safe from accumulated injuries to the brain. (The Canadian Press)



The U-S Food and Drug Administration has issued new warnings about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.

The F-D-A warns that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death.

The agency says a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs.

The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, including Ambien and Lunesta for insomnia, Valium and Xanax for anxiety, muscle relaxers Soma and Zanaflex, and some antipsychotic drugs. (The Associated Press)


(Gender Stereotypes)

A 15-country study finds gender stereotypes can expose some children to various health risks as they enter their teenage years.

Risks include everything from H-I-V infection to depression, violence and suicide.

Researchers conducted a series of comprehensive interviews with roughly 450 early adolescents and their parents or guardians.

In addition to U-S children, the researchers also interviewed children from a wide variety of countries from Europe to Asia.

What they found that appeared to be common to all of these countries is that stereotypes about gender roles are well established in children by the time they are 10 or 11. …

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