Fish oil may protect athletes from concussions

first_imgThere’s a new Horned Frog in town Twitter Kristen Clarke TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Fish oil supplements. (Photo courtesy: AP images) Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Previous articleBluebonnet Circle hosts first Wine and Wassail WalkNext articleTCU hires ‘first and only choice’ Jeremiah Donati to become next athletic director Kristen Clarke RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kristen Clarke printConcussions cause concerning damage to the brain in sports, and one TCU professor is researching how he can help.“Every time a football player is out on the field, they’re getting hit,” said Jonathan Oliver, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the sports concussion research group. “We are really interested in the sub-concussive, which are the impacts players routinely receive that don’t get diagnosed as concussions,” he said. Oliver said that the idea from their aspect is to better protect athletes as they endure those subconcussive impacts.Fish oil supplements. (Photo courtesy: AP images)“We’ve done two studies now with the football team looking at fish oil,” Oliver said. “ We are seeing good results with DHA and then with the combination of DHA and EPA in fish oil.”Throughout the study, Oliver and his team look at a marker that is associated with damage to the brain. They are partners with a neurochemist in Sweden who has identified a marker called neurofilament light, which is a protein in the brain.“With boxers, following a bout of boxing, this protein is elevated,” Oliver said. “Over the course of the season, we measured this marker and what we saw when they were taking the fish oil or DHA, that marker was lower in those who took the fish oil, suggesting there is a potential protecting effect to these subconcussive impacts.”Omega-3’s are on the NCAA impermissible list, which means that those nutritional supplements cannot be provided to student-athletes by the athletics department. DHA is in Omega-3.Oliver said that having Omega-3’s as impermissible makes it hard for the athletics staff to give athletes something that could potentially be a benefit.The rule states that the athletics staff cannot freely provide omega-3s in the absence of a medical condition. If a medical condition is identified, then the staff can provide omega 3s.“The research may be ahead of policy but NCAA must make a ruling that is in the best interest of the overall athletes at the time,” said Dr. Michele Kirk, team physician at TCU.“There’s a potential for it to protect, but there’s definitely no harm in taking it,” Oliver said, “So why take away the one thing that could provide a benefit? It just makes no sense to me.”Now, Oliver is doing a similar study in Canada. He is traveling north of the border every month to work with the Canadian men’s and women’s Olympic rugby teams.Oliver and his team are collecting blood and looking for biomarkers of head injury or head trauma. “Halfway through as the teams are getting ready for the World Cup, we are going to start them on supplementation,” Oliver said. They will collect blood after supplementation to compare the results with the TCU football studies.Oliver said the difference with the rugby players and football players is that rugby players have no helmets on, but they were taught to tackle a little better than football.“We’ve actually been targeted from Australia to look at some of their teams, and we are doing some other things with other teams as well to see what we can do to protect athletes on the front end,” Oliver said.The other team names may not be disclosed at this time. Kristen Clarke Facebook ReddIt Defender first TCU soccer player be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League TCU begins $2M renovation to surface of football practice field Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kristen Clarke Twitter Kristen Clarke Website| + posts Kristen Clarke is a senior studying sports & broadcast journalism from Barrington, Illinois. She is a member of the TCU Cheerleading team. Former wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

Assen Yordanov

first_img Dina Daskalopoulou Greece Find out more Europe – Central AsiaBulgaria The news website that Assen Yordanov founded with Atanas Chobanov in October 2010 quickly made a name for itself with exclusives about corruption, flaws in the judicial system and collusion between politicians and organized crime in Bulgaria. A few months later, it became the official WikiLeaks partner for the publication of leaked US diplomatic cables about Bulgaria and its Balkan neighbours. In the summer of 2011, Yordanov began organizing courses for local journalists on protecting communications against the phone tapping and hacking that is often practiced by the Bulgarian authorities. The site survives thanks to the enthusiasm of its journalists and to fundraising initiatives. Advertisers obviously steer clear of it because they fear upsetting the powerful people targeted by its investigative reporting. Follow the news on Bulgaria Ismail Saymaz Turkey Find out more Nuriddin Karshiboev Tajikistan Find out more Information hero Assen Yordanov Europe – Central AsiaBulgaria center_img Help by sharing this information Lirio Abbate Italy Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Lukpan Akhmedyarov Kazakhstan Find out more See morelast_img read more

Organ Donation Saves Lives

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsOrgan Donation Saves LivesBy Meghann Scully – December 21, 2020 160 center_img Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postorgan donor Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NO REPRO FEE 12/06/2020 HSE Covid-19 Media Briefing. Pictured is Dr Catherine Motherway, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Intensive Care Consultant, ULHG at the HSE weekly operational update on the response to Covid-19, in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall IrelandAS is tradition, we remember our donors in this past year and celebrate and give thanks for their selfless gift to others.The HSE’s ODTI are asking people to share their views and wishes on organ donation with their families and friends over Christmas and in the New Year.  We would remind all to stay safe in these difficult times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up We are joined again this year by patients, donor families and staff in their appeal to the public to #HaveThatConversation and remember that organ donation saves lives.Approximately 500 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Ireland. This is includes patients on dialysis awaiting kidney transplants and patients waiting for lung, heart and liver transplants. While some kidney donations can take place through the living donation programme, all other organ donations can only proceed when another life is lost.Dr Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Consultant in University Hospital Limerick and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation explains that organ donation is among the greatest gifts we can give to another.“Having that conversation and letting family members know our views and wishes on organ donation is really important.“The priority for all of us who work in intensive care is to save lives. However, sadly at times this is not always possible. As part of end of life care when appropriate we offer families the opportunity for their relative to donate organs.“In such circumstances we approach families to ask if their loved one would have wanted to donate organs.  When faced with sudden loss and grief we know that for families who have had that conversation and have talked about organ donation the decision making can be easier and less daunting when they know what their relative would have wanted.“It can bring great comfort to a family that we in the intensive care and transplant community can honour their loved ones wishes to become an organ donor and transform someone else’s life.“We are constantly humbled working with families of our donors who in the midst of tragedy find the strength to help others in need. They have our deepest gratitude and sympathy.”In 2017 Janet O Brien lost her son Luke O Reilly (20) tragically following an attack on Halloween night. Luke’s organs were donated and Janet says Luke lives on through organ donation. She said “I instinctively knew donation was what Luke would have wanted and I find solace in knowing my son has helped others.”Rebecca Maher’s daughter Matilda passed away when she was 8 months old. Matilda was born with a major heart condition and was too sick to go on the transplant list. Matilda became an organ donor and Rebecca says for herself and her husband Brendan “It has given us huge comfort to know that Matilda has saved somebody else’s life and the life of their family.”Karen Kelly is Josh’s mammy. Last year Josh, now 8 years old, was placed on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. Following a thorough testing regime, in Beaumont hospital Karen was confirmed as a suitable donor for Josh.Karen bravely donated her kidney to Josh. Her kidney surgery took place in Beaumont in October and on the same day Josh received his new kidney in Temple Street. Karen said “For me the hardest part was not being able to be with Josh during his surgery in Temple Street as I recovered in Beaumont Hospital.Josh is now a happy and healthy 8 year old and I am very proud to be an organ donor. I really want to reach out and support and anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances and let everyone know how important organ donation is in saving and improving lives.”Since his double lung transplant in 2017 David Crosby has continued to run marathons across the world in honour of the donor who gave him the gift of life. He said; “My plans for 2020 were unfortunately put on hold but I am determined to keep on running and complete the Marathon super six series as soon as I can.“I would like everyone to know how important it is to share your wishes on organ donation. I will be forever grateful to my donor their family who saved my life.” he added.Organ donation continues to be a rare event; of 31,000 deaths each year in Ireland, we see an average of 80 multi organ donations per annum.The HSE and ODTI sincerely thank the families of deceased donors who at a time of great tragedy found the strength to offer a new lease of life to many people.For all the positive stories of successful transplant, sadly some patients do and will die each year while waiting for a transplant.ODTI and their extended team, remain committed to increasing organ donations and transplants and urge all, to have that conversation about donation and make their wishes known.  Having the conversation ensures wherever possible the loss of one precious life can be turned to benefit many others through donation. 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As the Rangers seek redemption, New York turns to Kaapo Kakko

first_imgAs sermons are held in his name on Tuesday mornings and the Rangers finish up development camp and enter free agency with more plans in mind, Kakko is set on taking his game to the next level. And of course, his plan involves seeing his nameplate in the Madison Square Garden locker room come October as he “[hopes] to play in the NHL next season.”Kakko is a man of few words and is extremely humble in his tone, but he does recognize his potential and lets his abilities speak for him. Coupled with his collectedness in regards to his situation, he is one of the most dynamic, interesting forwards New York has seen over the last couple of years – and he’s happy to fulfill that role.”[This experience] is so great for me, great city,” Kakko said. “I like to be here.” Not much overwhelms him – not even becoming the new face of a franchise.”Little bit [surprising],” Kakko said of the fanbase with a smile. When asked if there was any added pressure, he delivered a surefire answer.”Not so much.”NHL Draft 2019: Winners, losers from a strange first roundThe Finn is no stranger to high expectations. Playing beyond his years and improving his play with each year has become routine for Kakke, who averaged over a point per game in the Finnish junior leagues and earned a spot on TPS in Liiga, the top level of professional hockey in Finland. Though he was just 17, Kakko fit in right away.After registering a 25 goals and 55 points in 38 games last year in Jr. A SM-liiga, Kakko continued to impress in his jump to the big club. He managed 22 goals and 38 points in 45 regular season games and five points in five playoff matchups. He was named the SM-Liiga rookie of the year, and his 22 goals led all Liiga rookies. He also won a gold medal with the U-20 team and following the season, he suited up for Finland at the World Championship, where he had seven points in 10 games en route to another gold medal.His performance, as well as his size, vision, hockey smarts and hands have made him one of the league’s most anticipated prospects – one that even took away the 100 percent guarantee of Jack Hughes going first overall.”His name isn’t sneaking up on anybody. He’s always been under the microscope,” general manager Jeff Gorton told reporters at the NHL Draft. “I think it’s no different than the way he’s lived the last couple years of his life. He sets high expectations for himself.”Those expectations will surely be heightened as he joins a young Rangers core and becomes the centerpiece that the team will rebuild its franchise around. The Rangers have an impressive pool of prospects, but not every day does a forward like Kakko enter the league. Therefore, for Gorton, Kakko is perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle, and the second overall pick will likely be turned to to lead as New York looks to return to its former greatness. The Rangers haven’t qualified for the playoffs over the last two seasons.There are big skates to fill and work to be done, which can bring nerves onto any kid entering his first year in the league. However, Kakko nonchalantly shrugged off any concern about taking on high expectations, sporting a grin as he explained that the fan support and trust make things much easier.He has developed quite a following in the Big Apple; from Rangers faithful chanting his name at the airport to others establishing a church in his name, the city has found someone to rally behind.”He does have a lot of pressure, he is the lord and savior of the New York Rangers,” Ryan Mead, a long-time Rangers fan and founder of “The Church of Kakko” told Sporting News. “There’s a chance he’s special, there’s a chance he brings a Cup to New York. . . he is the embodiment of hope and faith. He is the picture of, ‘this is your future, this is your happiness and this is the guy who can bring you the Cup.” Kaapo Kakko isn’t one to feel pressure.Coming into New York, as he weaved his way through the airport, skyscrapers and multitude of fans chanting his name, his calm demeanor was evident. It was more so Wednesday at Madison Square Garden; despite being surrounded by reporters, he was like any other kid, hands in his pockets as he leaned back and offered a smile to the scrum before him.last_img read more