Yearly Archives: 2013

New Year’s Resolutions

Nearly half of us will make a resolution for the New Year. But do they work? Surprisingly, yes. At least for some. Psychologists from the University of Scranton conducted research to learn more about behavior patterns associated with New Year's resolutions. They interviewed 400 people at random and identified three distinct groups: those not making…
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Brain Injury in Baseball

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy isn't just a football disease. Or a hockey disease. It's now making headlines in baseball after researchers found signs of CTE in former major leaguer Ryan Freel. Freel suffered 10 concussions during his eight years in the major leagues. He experienced classic CTE symptoms like depression, lack of impulse control, and substance…
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An Airbag for the Brain

Swedish designers have created the world's first "invisible" bike helmet. Industrial Design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin came up with the idea when Sweden introduced the country's first mandatory helmet law. They wanted to develop a safe bike helmet that people would be happy to wear, without the bulky discomfort of conventional helmets. The…
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Has the NHL done enough to protect the brains of former players?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL alleging that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit was filed last week in Washington and now includes over 200 former players. The issue of concealment is at the centre of the lawsuit. As one excerpt reads: "The NHL's active…
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The HEADWays Concussion App

Slater Vecchio recently partnered with VGH and the UBC Hospital Foundation to fund the development of a mobile app for concussion care. The HEADWays Concussion Recovery app is a self-management tool for individuals who have suffered a concussion. It's the only self-management app written and created by doctors who specialize in concussion care. The development…
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Are you ever too old to drive?

A recent article in the Globe and Mail adds fuel to a sensitive debate relating age to driver competency. A few facts: There are more than 3.5 million people over the age of 65 driving on Canadian roads. Seniors are the most collision-prone drivers on a per-kilometer basis. Seniors have some of the highest insurance…
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