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St. Francis Medical Center will host a coaches clinic today to educate youth coaches about a wide variety of topics, including the dangers of head trauma and drugs.

One of the speakers is Chris Nowinski. He is a former professional wrestler and Harvard graduate who retired from the WWE after repeated concussions. He later wrote a book about head trauma and co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute to advance research into concussions.

Saint Louis University Helping to Develop App To Prevent Asthma Attacks

Oct 18, 2012
Mark Gaynor, Saint Louis University / St. Louis Public Radio

Faculty at Saint Louis University are helping to develop a system to warn asthma sufferers when outdoor conditions could trigger an attack.

Saint Louis University health information technology expert Mark Gaynor says the first step is to build a geographic database. It will include asthma-related emergency room visits, air quality conditions, and even asthma-related Google searches.

Chris Nowinski is co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute.
Sports Legacy Institute

Chris Nowinski’s background is a little different than most professional wrestlers. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in sociology. He fought under the moniker “Chris Harvard” in the WWE in the early 2000’s, but repeated concussions forced him into retirement.

This experience led Nowinski to write the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis. He then co-founded Sports Legacy Institute in 2007 with the same doctor who treated his post-concussion syndrome. Together, they research the impacts that repeated head injuries have on athletes’ brains.

New Study Aimed To Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia

Oct 15, 2012
The areas where the most Alzheimer’s plaques typically form are highlighted in red and yellow on these brain scans
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Washington University will soon launch a clinical trial aimed at preventing people with Alzheimer's disease from developing dementia.

Washington University neurologist and study lead Dr. Randall Bateman says this is one of the first clinical trials to try to treat Alzheimer's patients before they have any symptoms.

A small piece of human DNA.
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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA —  holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.