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Kevin Turner, Lead Plaintiff in NFL CTE Lawsuit Dies

Mike PenceFormer NFL fullback Kevin Turner died Thursday at age 46 after battling ALS for six years. He was a lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit that accused the NFL of hiding the dangers of head injuries.

According to his foundation's website, Turner was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.

"Myra and I lost a great son today. He will be missed so much," his father, Raymond Turner, posted on Facebook. "Thanks to everyone so very much for your support and prayers during this journey. He was ready to go to Heaven, excited he said, Love y'all and God Bless."


NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

NFL concussion research flawedOn Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began in 1994.

Here are four key points taken from a lengthy investigative report:

Incomplete concussion data: According to data obtained by the Times, the NFL's research was missing significant chunks of information. Specifically, there were more than 100 concussions missing from the data and more than 10 percent of the total diagnosed cases.


Iowa’s 60 Million Laying Hens Aren’t Being Monitored by Food-Safety Inspectors

60 million chickens not inspectedIn 2010, 550 million eggs were recalled after thousands of people were sickened with salmonella in an outbreak tied to farms in Iowa, the leading state for laying-hen production. Despite Iowa producing 15 billion eggs annually, amounting to $2 billion in sales, both state and federal food-safety inspections were halted there last year, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday.

The concern was that letting inspectors into laying-hen facilities could help spread the virulent strain of bird flu that has been killing off birds in the tens of millions.


Mathematical model may improve hepatitis C drug treatment

Hepatitis C treatmentHepatitis C patients are often cured before completing a treatment regimen, suggesting patients require less of the drugs needed to fight the disease, according to a recent study.

Researchers at Loyola University devised a mathematical model that predicts the length of time patients need direct-acting antiviral drugs, potentially limiting the cost of being treated with an expensive drug.

Using more frequent blood testing, the researchers were able to determine hepatitis C levels and predict when the drug sofosbuvir, combined with one of three others, could be stopped.


Canada and the Aboriginal mental health crisis

Canada's aborigine youth suicide crisisDonnie McKay keeps his phone close.

A band councillor in Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake) in northern Manitoba, McKay never knows when there will be a call to tell him that another person in his community of 8,000 has committed suicide.

"I just got a call last night from the paramedics - again. I'm just looking at my phone to see when it's going to ring again," McKay told Al Jazeera in a telephone interview.


Planned Parenthood defund bill cites dentists as reproductive care alternative

Planned Parenthood defund in FloridaA bill passed in the Florida legislature this week would effectively defund Planned Parenthood and other reproductive rights clinics by preventing state agencies from working with any organization that provides abortion care other than that for victims of rape, incest, or if the life of the woman is at risk.

As the bill heads to governor Rick Scott for his signature, several state lawmakers who have insisted that plentiful alternatives exist for reproductive and sexual healthcare have cited a list of health centers that includes dentists, optometrists, and elementary schools.


Tiny Vermont brings food industry to its knees on GMO labels

GMO labeling now in VermontThe announcement by General Mills that it will start labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients shows the industry might be giving up its fight against state efforts to require such labeling.

Still, many hold out hope Congress will come up with a national solution instead of a patchwork of state laws.

Vermont is the first state to require such labeling, effective July 1.


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