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A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury -- whether mild, moderate or severe -- is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis,  new research  in veterans says.

The size of the risk was found to be dependent on the severity of the injury. After a mild injury, usually called a concussion, the increased risk was 56%, but moderate to severe injury raised the risk by 83%, according to the research, published Wednesday in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Parkinson's disease, an incurable  neurological disorder , can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating your body's movements.

"Because of the size of the study, this now really provides the highest level of evidence to date that even mild TBI increases risk for Parkinson's disease," said lead study author Dr. Raquel C. Gardner, a neurologist and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She added that "up to  40% of adults  have had a mild traumatic brain injury."

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A pair of neuroscientists are working with Major League Baseball to help measure the mental aspects of a batter’s swing.
There was no indication that anything unusual was taking place on an early Saturday morning in August at the Hilton Garden Inn, of Avondale, Ariz., other than the piece of loose-leaf paper taped to the wall by the elevator bank. On it was scribbled in black Sharpie: DECERVO TESTING ROOM 307. The room number was underlined. The tone was “no trespassing.” Still, the housekeeper knocked on the door of Room 307 at 8:15 with an armful of fresh towels.

No one answered, so she used her key to enter. When she did, she did a double take. The furniture in the dumbbell-shaped suite had been rearranged completely. The beds were still made and the blinds were drawn. Two scrawny, acne-pocked Latino teenagers in T-shirts and sandals were seated at matching desks on opposite sides of the room staring unblinking at laptop screens. Both wore a sort of thin metallic hairnet, with wires snaking down the back of their necks. A pile of plastic syringes and two padded briefcases lay scattered on the floor. The only sound came from soft, intermittent taps on the laptop keyboards. Neither of the teenagers looked up to see the housekeeper quickly drop the towels off and go.

In the everlasting war for even the slightest competitive advantage in Major League Baseball, the battlefields have come to look a lot different from the playing fields. “Moneyball” changed things. Once the data-driven revolution started, it became difficult to contain, until every team started using advanced analytics to discover new players or rediscover old ones. Then the battle had to be moved someplace else. Those teams that were late to that data revolution had a chance to get ahead in this one. This data revolution required a new type of radar gun, one that could measure in milliseconds.

3) Star Athletes Open Up About Concussions
Speaking live with Megyn Kelly via remote, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre estimates he may have suffered hundreds or even thousands of concussions during his career, and says “head injuries and concussions were never considered a problem long-term until now.” He says that at age 48, his short-term memory and word retrieval skills have deteriorated.

In addition, retired Olympic soccer player Abby Wambach, ex-Major League Baseball catcher David Ross and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner join Megyn Kelly TODAY for frank talk about concussions and sports.

Because chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can only be diagnosed post-mortem, Wambach is donating her brain for concussion research. Ross reports memory lapses and irritability, and Warner laments, “If I’d only known more.
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2) What We're Reading We Think You Might Enjoy
The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.

Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.

Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places.

This gift of silence doesn't require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness—and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.

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