Oct 31, 2008
We're psyched about Sunday's ING New York City Marathon — cheering on our friends, that is, not competing. We're not thrilled, however, about the wounds marathoners suffer.
Blackened and missing toenails top the list of marathon injuries compiled by ABCNews.com.
"We've seen lots of things from lots of blisters, black toenails, in-grown toenails, stress fractures," Bruce Williams, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, told the Web site today. "Just about everybody is going to get a blister."
Black toenails are caused by pools of blood that accumulate under the nail from repeated bruising. "It never really bothers me; it hurts in the beginning when my toenails turn black and blue," 26-year-old Jessica Horne, who will run her second ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, told ABCNews.com. "Another toenail grows underneath and the black and blue one falls off."
Oct 16, 2008
It sounds like perennial teen misbehavior, but car surfing is a new concern for health authorities, who took a look at the thrill-seeking activity in a report published today.
Between 1990 and this year, epidemiologists turned up 99 news reports of car surfing, in which people ride on the roof, hood, trunk or elsewhere on the exterior of an automobile. Some 58 of those cases were fatal.
That count probably doesn't capture every car surf, says John Halpin, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Injury Center. "In absolute terms that is a low number. We've likely missed cases," Halpin says. "But even if it's low in numbers, because it has such devastating consequences even at low speeds, we thought it was such a serious public health issue."
Sep 4, 2008
With the National Football League's season set to kick off tonight, stories about gridiron injuries are grabbing the headlines. Will quarterback Tom Brady start for the New England Patriots in their opening game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, after missing the entire preseason with an injured right foot? How will the Baltimore Ravens do now that their starting quarterback is out for the season with a shoulder injury and being replaced by a rookie? Should an NFL team have given former Pro Bowl quarterback Duante Culpepper, who announced his retirement today, a chance to play, or did his devastating knee injury in 2005 pose too much of a risk?
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