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NFL receiver Josh Cribbs recently had his brain analyzed and was told his brain resembled that of a 52-year-old. He's only 32 years old. In Cleveland, Cribbs told reporters he worries what his future will look like.

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Big hits are no more the culprit in the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide than they are in the ongoing story of head trauma in football.

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Football is not a beautiful spectacle marred by occasional moments of ugliness but a three-hour head trauma drama. As we have learned more about the science of sports-related injuries, could some teams could use that science to inflict even more damage?

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Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation from Congress is a poignant reminder that for traumatic brain injury patients, the medical story doesn’t end when the media glare fades.

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How did we get to the point where we actually pay popular doctors more for our health care? No such system exists in any other professional or non-professional field. You can’t even pay your plumber less if she has a lower customer satisfaction score.

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It may be hard to connect well-paid and well-conditioned pro football players with the homeless guy elbow-deep in the trashcan on your sidewalk. But when it comes to brain injuries, they have more in common than you might think.

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Every ER has patients like "Sam." The staff call them "frequent fliers" because they patch them up and discharge them, only to watch them return an hour or a day or a week later with another problem.  How much should the health care system spend to help someone who won't help himself? 



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