Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(Athletes-Brains)

It seems there are more and more news stories focused on the negative impacts of contact sports on athletes' brains, but a new study from Northwestern University suggests that athletes have healthier brains than non-athletes, as long as they avoid serious injury.

The study compares brainwaves between the two groups -- athletes and non-athletes -- and found that athletes’ brainwaves showed higher amplitude responses to sound than the non-athlete brains.

Researchers suggest that athletes reduce their background brainwave activity allowing for better processing of other brain functions such as those required for test taking or focusing on a sports game.

The study can be found in the jounral, Sports Health. (ABC)

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(Elder-Patients-Treatment)

More and more adults are living into old age and are growing more vulnerable to heart-related diseases and prone to hospitalizations.

And that has some hospitals questioning if they need to change their protocols of care to meet the needs of a growing older patient population.

The American Heart Association reviewed the particular challenges faced by older adults with cardiovascular disease in the hospital, particularly in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

They found a long list of issues, including frailty, confusion, two or more medical conditions and a need to take more than five types of medication at the same time.

A-H-A experts believe that C-I-C-Us needs to adopt more comprehensive models of care and multi-disciplinary teams that provide a more robust end-of-life management.

The study can be found in the journal, Circulation. (ABC)

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(Children-Travel-Immunization)

A new study done by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that kids are skipping out on measles vaccinations before heading overseas.

Among very young travellers who have visited special clinics checking immunization prior to travel, only 41. …

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