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4 Your Health: A new look at head impact in young athletes

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Non-concussion blows to the head may cause brain damage.

Repetitive blows to the head may cause brain changes among youth football players.

That’s according to a new study from Wake Forest University. Researchers looked at the effects of head impacts that did not cause concussions in 26 adolescent football players. MRI scans showed changes in their corpus callosum an important band of nerve fibers that connects the two halves of the brain.

There were no such changes in kids who played non-contact sports.

Snoring more dangerous to women

A new German study reveals snoring may be a bigger health threat to women than men.

It shows the heart walls of women who snore become damaged more quickly than those of men who saw logs at night. That means women snorers whether or not they have sleep apnea may have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.

Prescription drug use by pregnant women up

Amphetamine and opioid use during pregnancy is on the rise especially in rural areas of the country.

Researchers from the University Of Michigan found the number of meth affected births doubled over the past decade. The rate of opioid use quadrupled. Amphetamine use is especially dangerous during pregnancy because it increases the risk of pre-term delivery, heart failure and even death.

By 2015 amphetamine use complicated about 1 percent of all deliveries in the rural west.
Opioid use among pregnant women was highest in the rural northeast.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, 5-7 am, Monday through Friday.
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