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2020 Death is Different Seminar XXVI

February 20-21, 2020 All FACDL seminars, apart from the annual Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In…
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Panthers’ Hiring of a Mental Health Clinician is a ‘Game-Changer’

In early August, Steve Smith revealed he had had bouts of depression while an active player with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He talked about feeling "trapped, inferior and alone." Carolina's all-time leading receiver spoke…

Heading May Be Riskier for Female Soccer Players Than Males – NPR

The first rule of soccer is pretty obvious: don't use your hands. But soccer's signature move, heading the ball, can cause a detectable impact on players' brains. And according to a study published Tuesday in Radiology, female players are more…
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Scientists Hunt for a Test to Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury in Living People – NPR

CTE has been part of the national lexicon in the U.S. since the 2015 movie Concussion dramatized the discovery of this degenerative brain disease among football players. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is found among people who've had head…
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Army ‘Leans In’ to Protect a Shooter’s Brain from Blast Injury – NPR

The U.S. Armed Forces has begun researching the impact of shoulder-mounted weapons on the brain. Read more.
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Mental Illness or Brain Injury? Driven by Voices to Commit Crime, Titus Young is in Prison but Still Believes He Could Play in the NFL – The Los Angeles Times

This piece from The Los Angeles Times details the rise and fall of Titus Young, a former player from the NFL. Some experts say Young suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, while others say his behavior is caused by  chronic traumatic…