Junior Seaus family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuit

first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:31 PM Junior Seau’s family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuitcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The family of former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau  announced Friday that it has reached a confidential settlement in its litigation against the NFL, which alleged that the Pro Football Hall of Famer took his own life at the age of 43 because of brain injuries sustained during his tenure with the league.Lawyers for the Seau family filed a notice in federal court to dismiss their case against the National Football League.Attorney Steve Strauss of the Cooley law firm confirmed the Seau family had settled the case. No details were released.“It was an honor for Cooley to represent the Seau children in this litigation,” Strauss said in a statement. “Throughout this process, they have demonstrated the same spirit and commitment that their father Junior modeled during his incredible life and NFL career. We know he would have been proud of them.”A post-mortem study of Seau’s brain concluded he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repetitive brain trauma.In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved a settlement between the NFL and a class of 5,000 former players over brain injuries, but the Seau family opted out in order to pursue their individual action against the NFL and recover for the children’s unique wrongful death claims.In its wrongful death suit, the Seau family accused the NFL of negligence and said Seau had suffered from symptoms of brain injury caused by repetitive, traumatic head injuries as an NFL player.Seau, of Oceanside, played 20 years in the NFL, including 13 with the Chargers. He retired in 2009.Junior Seau played football at Oceanside High School and the University of Southern California.In May 2012, he shot himself at his Oceanside home. In 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection. Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: Chargers, Junior Seau FacebookTwitter Posted: October 5, 2018last_img read more

Antibody may help old people regain muscle power

first_imgA newly created antibody could treat the decline in muscle mass and power associated with ageing, show results of a phase-two trial by an international research team.The myostatin antibody treatment improved muscle power in the elderly, as indicated by improvements in the ability to climb stairs, walk briskly and rise repetitively from a chair, the findings showed.“Myostatin is a natural protein produced within the body that inhibits muscle growth,” said one of the researchers Stuart Warden from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, US. “It has been hypothesised for some time that inhibition of myostatin may allow muscle to grow, resulting in improved muscle mass and physical performance. The current study confirms these beliefs,” Warden said. In the study, injections of a myostatin antibody, made by US-based Eli Lilly and Co, over a 24-week period resulted in an increase in lean (muscle) mass and improved performance on tasks requiring muscle power in patients older than 75 with low muscle strength, low muscle performance and a history of falling. “This is the first study to show that myostatin antibody treatment improves performance on activities requiring muscle power,” Warden said. “Muscle power’ refers to the ability to generate muscle force quickly. During ageing, it is lost more rapidly than muscle strength, contributing to disability, falls, reduced quality of life and, in some instances, death,” Warden explained.He said “the current study provides proof-of-concept evidence to proceed to the larger studies that are required to demonstrate whether myostatin antibody treatment improves quality of life and reduces falls and their consequences during ageing”.  “This is an important and exciting first step,” Warden noted in an official statement.last_img read more

Why wives make more friends in late 30s while hubbies stay aloof

first_imgLadies please take note! If your hubby does not feel like going to parties or social gatherings with you, do not fret especially if he is in his late 30s.Researchers including an Indian-origin researcher have revealed that the social circle of men reduces after they get married while women become more socially active from late 30s onwards.”Young men are more connected than young women and the patterns of connection change for both men and women as they grow older,” said Kunal Bhattacharya from Aalto University in Finland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings indicate that after the of age 25, the social circle of men starts shrinking until it stabilises again in the late 40s. After 60s, the decay begins again and old men appear to be rather socially isolated. To reach this conclusion, the team analysed unnamed call records, gender and age information of three million mobile phone users from an European country to understand the communication patterns of individuals.The results indicate that at age 25, both men and women are able to invest time in maintaining large social circles. “The number of connections reaches maximum at age 25 for both genders.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile men maintain a lot of casual relationships and women seem to be more focused on their romantic partner,” Bhattacharya added in the paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.From late 30s onwards, women become more connected than men. This is when people get married, settle down and participate in parenthood. “The communication patterns of women would suggest their pivotal roles as parents and grandparents,” Bhattacharya noted.last_img read more