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Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott announced his retirement Tuesday at age 58 following a number of concussions.

"I'm done," he said, per Ben Walker of the Associated Press.

Walker noted Scott suffered a concussion when Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo hit his mask with a foul ball on April 14—the last game Scott umpired. The foul ball caused his fourth concussion in five years and second in just nine months.

Scott saw the concussion as a sign it was time to retire.

"In fact, it was pretty easy," he said, per Walker. "I wasn't planning on this year being the last one. But I thought, this is a sign."

While Scott umpired 3,897 regular-season games throughout his career, he was also notable among umpires because he came out as gay following the 2014 campaign.

"He has achieved everything in his umpiring career, and has carried himself with integrity and garnered the respect of his peers and MLB players," MLB's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion Billy Bean said, per Walker. "I am filled with pride as I reflect on all of his accomplishments. He's a pro's pro, who's been a wonderful example to the LGBT community and all sports fans."

A new take on concussion in sports? CLICK HERE.
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Larry Johnson , who made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006 as a running back with the  Kansas City Chiefs , fears he may be living with chronic traumatic encephalopathy—the degenerative brain disease that's been posthumously identified in a host of former  NFL  players.

In a profile published Tuesday by the Washington Post's  Kent Babb , Johnson disclosed he has been suffering from anxiety, paranoia and "the occasional self-destructive impulse."
Those feelings, according to Babb, "are consistent with those of past victims" who were diagnosed with CTE in postmortem exams.

Johnson, who turned 38 years old in November, also told Babb he's afraid "he won't remember his own name" by the time he turns 50.

The 2002 Heisman Trophy finalist added he "has considered violence toward others and himself" since stepping away from football after the 2011 season.

"One is telling you to do it; one is telling you don't," Johnson said of the competing urges to kill himself. "One is telling you it'd be fun."

After doctors posthumously discovered CTE in the brain of former  New England Patriots  tight end Aaron Hernandez in September, Johnson  tweeted  he was "certain" he had it. He has been arrested six times and allegedly involved in several domestic violence-related incidents.

"My greatest fear is my daughter falling in love with somebody who's me," Johnson told Babb.

The Personal toll of concussion and anxiety CLICK HERE
The blood-brain barrier -- the semi-permeable membrane that surrounds the brain -- offers important protection for a delicate organ, but in some cases, clinicians need to get past the barrier to deliver vital drugs to treat the brain. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital are investigating a way to temporarily loosen the blood-brain barrier to deliver drugs with the assistance of microbubbles. In a new advancement, they have developed a system in preclinical models that offers a finer degree of control -- and, therefore, safety -- in opening the barrier. Their findings are published this week in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We want to be able to monitor our ability to open the blood-brain barrier in real-time by listening to echoes -- this could give us immediate information on the stability of the microbubbles oscillations and give us fast, real-time control and analysis," said lead author Tao Sun, a PhD candidate in the labs of co-authors Nathan McDannold, PhD, in the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory in the Department of Radiology at BWH, and Eric Miller, PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts."

Better living through bubbles. Who Knew? CLICK HERE

A little more about the study, CLICK HERE .
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
"This portrait of many months recovering has much to teach the physicians as well as lay readers. The condition she struggled with is neither rare nor trivial, but unfortunately, remains medically unaddressed." - Bruce Beutler ~ Nobel Prize Winner & Laureate 2011.

"As a close friend to Hannah and no stranger to brain injuries after playing in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills for sixteen years and being ranked 10th in NFL history, I watched Hannah regress slowly. I had just lost my friend, Junior Seau, to suicide resulting from a brain injury. I couldn't sit back and let her fall too. Today, the controversy over concussions and post concussion syndrome is growing rapidly. This timely book sheds a light for all those who have suffered from it." - Andre Reed NFL Hall of Fame 2014.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

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