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BMX Legend Dave Mirra Had CTE When He Died

Dave MirraBMX icon Dave Mirra, who died in February, suffered from the type of chronic brain damage that has shown up in the brains of dozens of football players, a University of Toronto neuropathologist has concluded. Multiple neuropathologists confirmed the diagnosis.

Mirra is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. He died on Feb. 4 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Family of Tony Gwynn files wrongful death lawsuit against tobacco industry

Tony Gwynn The family of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tobacco industry.  Gwynn died in 2014 at the age of 54 of salivary gland cancer -- a condition caused in large part by his 31 years using smokeless tobacco.

The lawsuit filed Monday in San Diego Superior Court seeks to hold Altria Group, Inc., the tobacco giant formerly known as Philip Morris, and other parties accountable for Gwynn’s death.

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Former NFL player Bubba Smith had brain disease CTE when he died

Bubba Smith had CTEBubba Smith, a Pro Bowl defensive end who transitioned to acting after his NFL career, suffered with the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he died researchers announced on Tuesday.

Researchers at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank said Smith had Stage 3 CTE (Stage 4 is the most advanced) at the time of his death at age 66 in 2011. Smith was the 90th former NFL player out of the 94 brains studied where CTE was detected.

TVNL Comment:  When will they ever learn?  Just asking....

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Appeal for Indiana woman convicted for having an abortion

Purvi PatelLast March, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told MSNBC that if abortion is banned, “there has to be some form of punishment” for the woman.

Anti-abortion groups protested that they had no intention of prosecuting women for having abortions under their desired ban — only doctors who allegedly victimize them. Trump eventually released a prepared statement to the same effect: “The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.”

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Report condemns NFL for attempting to influence brain injury study

NFL obstructs brain studyTop NFL officials campaigned to influence a government research study into the effects of American football on brain disease, according to congressional investigators.

ESPN’s investigative team obtained a copy of the damning congressional report, which shows how the most lucrative sports league in the world tried to pressure the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to move $16m in funding meant for the government study.

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How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes

Big Pharma uses charities to cover for high pricesIn August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals and its then-chief executive, Martin Shkreli, purchased a drug called Daraprim and immediately raised its price more than 5,000 percent.

Within days, Turing contacted Patient Services Inc., or PSI, a charity that helps people meet the insurance copayments on costly drugs. Turing wanted PSI to create a fund for patients with toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that is most often treated with Daraprim.

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FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods

new food labelsToday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

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