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Texas Doctor's Discovery Could Stiff-Arm Concussions

Updated: Wednesday, January 15 2014, 02:47 PM CST

A Texas doctor's discovery could stiff-arm the negative effects of concussions through the power of a small pill.

Dr. James Lechleiter of San Antonio's UT Health Science Center has discovered a class of compounds that stimulate certain brain cells to protect against trauma immediately after a concussion.

He's secured a patent on a possible to new drug that could prevent long term effects such as memory loss, blindness, and chronic headaches.

"Some of the most dangerous injuries are where you shake it off and sort of tough it out on football field," said Dr. Lechleiter. "Our data suggests if we can treat that initial injury within a few hours, maybe 30 minutes, we can prevent long term development of these diseases.

The drug won't see the light of day soon, however. It must first go through several phases of clinical trials to ensure it doesn't have negative side effects in humans. Dr. Lechleiter is optimistic that the process won't last more than five years.

Texas Doctor's Discovery Could Stiff-Arm Concussions


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Scores & Schedules

August 28, 2015 07:10 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Thursday's Games

L.A. Angels 2, Detroit 0

Texas 4, Toronto 1

Kansas City 5, Baltimore 3

Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 4

Chicago White Sox 4, Seattle 2

Friday's Schedule

Detroit (Boyd 1-4) at Toronto (Dickey 8-10), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Owens 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 11-7), 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Volquez 11-7) at Tampa Bay (E.Ramirez 10-4), 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Heaney 5-2) at Cleveland (Salazar 11-7), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 9-6) at Atlanta (W.Perez 4-4), 7:35 p.m.

Baltimore (Gausman 2-5) at Texas (Hamels 1-1), 8:05 p.m.

Houston (Kazmir 7-8) at Minnesota (Gibson 8-9), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (T.Walker 9-7) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 6-11), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (S.Gray 12-5) at Arizona (Ch.Anderson 6-5), 9:40 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Thursday's Scores

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0

San Francisco 9, Chicago Cubs 1

N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 5, 13 innings

Washington 4, San Diego 2

Pittsburgh 2, Miami 1

St. Louis 5, Arizona 3

Friday's Schedule

Colorado (J.Gray 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 9-6), 7:05 p.m.

Miami (Conley 1-1) at Washington (Scherzer 11-10), 7:05 p.m.

San Diego (Kennedy 8-11) at Philadelphia (Nola 4-1), 7:05 p.m.

Boston (Owens 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 11-7), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 9-6) at Atlanta (W.Perez 4-4), 7:35 p.m.

Cincinnati (R.Iglesias 3-5) at Milwaukee (Jungmann 7-5), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (S.Gray 12-5) at Arizona (Ch.Anderson 6-5), 9:40 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hammel 7-5) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 10-6), 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Wacha 15-4) at San Francisco (Leake 9-6), 10:15 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday's Scores

No games scheduled

Friday's Schedule

New England at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Jacksonville, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Thursday's Scores

Phoenix 81, Connecticut 80

Friday's Schedule

Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Seattle, 10 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Thursday's Scores

No games scheduled

Friday's Schedule

Los Angeles at San Jose, 11 p.m.

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