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New government sponsored concussion study reported

Reuters News Service reports that a new sports concussion study has been initated by the United State Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academies of Science to investigate sports related concussions among our nation’s youth.  The study will look at concussions in children from elementary school through early adulthood and will also include military personnel and their dependants.

The government study will review concussions and risk factors pertaining to this type of brain injury.

The study is being headed by Robert Graham, a public health expert at the George Washington University School of Public Health.  According to Reuters, the study panel will likely submit its findings to the Institute of Medicine in the middle of the summer, with publication expected in late 2013.

Sponsors of the study include the Department of Defense, the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. The panel will also examine studies being done by the CDC and the American Academy of Neurology.

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