|5-12-16 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--‘Concussion’ Doctor Speaks Truth to Power, Backed by Science
Dr. Bennett Omalu, who linked brain damage to football injuries, headlines Drexel neuroscience conference in Atlantic City
The 2002 autopsy of former pro football player Mike Webster changed Dr. Bennett Omalu’s life. But the disease he discovered inside the 50-year-old’s brain -- which he named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy -- has sparked a revolution.
A growing awareness of CTE has started to change how doctors diagnose and treat brain injuries in patients of all ages. More and more evidence shows the long-term damage caused by repeated blows to the head, and this knowledge has begun to shape how athletes at all levels protect their skulls. It has even affected how the public feels about the violent sports that are so deeply rooted in our American culture.
Lilo H. Stainton | May 12, 2016
Star Ledger--Despite lead-tainted water, N.J. school district says it's 'ahead of curve'
NEW BRUNSWICK — Despite the revelation of elevated lead levels in several city schools, the school superintendent issued a resolute statement on Wednesday saying the school district was "ahead of the curve" concerning water testing.
Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said, "Many organizations have not taken the steps New Brunswick has."
And, he added that "any rumors claiming that our district's water is currently unsafe, or that we withheld information, or failed to take swift action are unequivocally false."
Spencer Kent | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com |May 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM, updated May 11, 2016 at 5:17 PM
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