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Olympic Boxing May Damage The Brain
2012-04-23 09:28:27

Olympic boxers can exhibit changes in brain fluids after bouts, which indicates nerve cell damage. This is shown in a study of 30 top-level Swedish boxers that was conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with the Swedish Boxing Federation, published in PLoS ONE. It has been debated for quite some time whether Olympic boxing (amateur boxing) is hazardous to the brain. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, joined...

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2008-03-28 11:40:35

Boxing is possibly less dangerous for the brain than previously feared "“ at least for amateurs. However, conclusive statements on the level of danger are not yet possible. Whether professional boxers such as Muhammad Ali contracted their later brain conditions "“ in his case Parkinson's disease at the age of 40 "“ presumably from boxing, remains unclear. The all-clear cannot be given until more extensive studies of both amateur and professional boxers tell us more about the...

2004-11-28 09:00:09

On the outskirts of Ghana's capital, Accra, is Bukom, a shanty town with pot-holed streets and crumbling houses. Poverty hangs over this slum as oppressively as the stagnant sub-Saharan air. But this place is remarkable. Ever since the late Roy Ankrah won the British Empire Featherweight crown in 1951, Bukom has produced dozens of title contenders and several boxing world champions. It is also the home of the greatest African boxer ever, Azumah "The Professor" Nelson, who, during the 1980s,...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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