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There are moments in sporting competitions when a certified athletic trainer is "under the gun," says Dr. Steven Hitzeman, a clinical associate professor at Indiana University School of Optometry. Using only subjective tests open to interpretation or opinion, a trainer must make a quick decision if a player has suffered a concussion. As the athletic world comes to terms with the danger of head injuries, this split-second judgment is more critical to players' health than previously thought. To help trainers and coaches make better game-time decisions, Hitzeman and a second IU researcher are developing goggles that analyze eye movement to quickly diagnose a concussion on the sideline. And yet, a third IU researcher says his work suggests detecting only concussions during games isn't enough; repetitive hits to the head in a single season—even in the absence of a concussion—also cause changes in the brain.
Which came first – settled populations or an agrarian society? Just as with the chicken or egg, we may never know. It is clear, however, that our ability to produce and distribute food is inextricably linked to the evolution of human society. Agriculture has evolved from subsistence farms sustaining a single family to farmsteads that fed whole communities, to today's sophisticated businesses that nourish the world.
Inside INdiana Business, BioCrossroads and Indiana University have launched a new partnership to communicate the growth, success and excitement surrounding Indiana's life sciences industry. We share a belief that this innovative field plays a vital role in the development of the entrepreneurs, innovations and businesses that will allow Indiana to compete in a global economy. Life Sciences INdiana is published by the special projects unit of Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products.
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