October 30, 2013 |
As American children play team sports in greater numbers and with growing intensity, their risk of getting a concussion has grown but the science of preventing, diagnosing and treating this increasingly frequent brain injury remains maddeningly incomplete, a group of experts warned Wednesday. Although mounting concern over traumatic brain injury has spawned high-tech imaging techniques, helmet-mounted accelerometers and sideline concussion tests, these have yet to show they can reduce sports-related concussions, the Institute of Medicine concluded in a 286-page report.
October 28, 2013 |
An Iranian-born Montreal man faces three criminal charges in an alleged attempt to board a Los Angeles-bound plane with bomb-making components in his carry-on luggage, Canadian media reported Monday. Antony Piazza, 71, appeared in court a day after his arrest at Pierre Trudeau International Airport to be charged with possession of an explosive substance, attempting to transport an explosive substance on an airplane and mischief by endangering the safety of an airport or aircraft, the Toronto Star reported . Conviction on the charges would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, news reports said, quoting Crown Prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 |
Local leaders warned Tuesday that if voters approve a ballot measure to create an independent health department in the city of Los Angeles residents would immediately lose health protections until a new agency was established, and the expense could result in tax increases or service cuts. “This is absolutely crazy, stupid, destructive, draconian and dangerous to the public health,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky at the county Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. “I think we've got to tell it like it is.” The board was discussing a proposal that will appear on the June ballot to have the city of Los Angeles create its own health department, instead of being part of the county department of health, which provides a broad base of services, including vaccinations, ocean-water monitoring and restaurant inspections.
September 23, 2013 |
Two men have been arrested in Thailand after singer Rihanna posted a picture with an endangered animal they were allegedly using to sell photo ops on the island of Phuket. The "Stay" songstress, who is no stranger to racy selfies, posted one particularly scandalous photo on Instagram over the weekend that had nothing to do with exposing her body. While taking a break from her Diamonds World Tour before a concert in Singapore on Sunday, the singer took in the Thai nightlife and cuddled with a slow loris.
September 12, 2013 |
The public has voted, and the sad-faced blobfish has been declared the ugliest endangered animal on the planet. Some have said the gelatinous deep-sea dweller that can grow up to 12 inches long resembles a mini- Jabba the Hutt . We think it also looks like a gloppy version of the comic strip character Ziggy. British comedian Paul Foot, who campaigned for the blobfish in a video posted to YouTube , said he saw a sadness and wisdom in the blobfish's face. "The eyes are kind, and very wise," he says in the video.
August 20, 2013 |
Quarterbacks are the most protected players in the NFL. The league revolves around them. Running backs are the least protected players. Even helmet-to-helmet hits are legal against them. In a read-option offense, a scheme rapidly gaining popularity in the league, a quarterback often looks like a running back, whether he actually has the ball or is simply pretending to hold it. So what happens when an irresistible force - a defensive player hellbent on taking a free shot at the quarterback - meets an otherwise untouchable object?