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Thursday, 25 August 2016 07:31

Professor Patria Hume led a study which links concussion to "cognitive difficulties" in retired rugby players. New neuropsychology study links concussion to 'cognitive difficulties' for retired rugby players

A study into the health of retired rugby players in New Zealand has established a link between concussion and cognitive difficulties. The long-awaited paper, which went "live" in online journal Sports Medicine this morning, is the first to be published from the fractious study carried out by AUT in partnership with New Zealand Rugby. The study was financially supported by World Rugby. It found that a history of concussion was associated with "small to moderate cognitive difficulties in athletes following their retirement from competitive sport".
Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:57

Co-workers come forward offering affidavits in compensation battle

A ray of hope has emerged for a man who suffered radiation poisoning but has battled to get compensation from ACC. Manawatu people have come forward to back up Bryon O'Regan's story about where he worked - and the information could help him get a payout after 30 years of suffering. O'Regan, who lived in Manawatu three decades back, is entitled to compensation if he can prove he was working when he was injured.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 09:13

Radiation poisoning sufferer told to find proof of income from 1981

Unflinching bureaucracy is denying a former manufacturing worker his much-needed compensation for more than 30 years of radiation-induced suffering. Bryon O'Regan​ received radiation treatment in 1979 – but the procedure designed to save him instead severely hampered his quality of life. O'Regan has a court ruling on his side and ACC accepts he would be entitled to recompense, but his bid keeps hitting a brick wall.
Sunday, 10 July 2016 07:12

Parents of teen with cerebral palsy hold on to hope in landmark case against ACC

The family of a teenage boy with cerebral palsy are clinging on to hope a court will rule his condition should be covered by the ACC. Jeremy Adlam, 16, was born prematurely by caesarean at Taranaki Base Hospital prematurely in 2000His parents and GP claim an injury he sustained just before his birth eventually caused his disability. In a case that could have implications for dozens of other claims, Adlam's family believe the hospital caused his disability and have fought a decade-long legal battle for his treatment to be covered by ACC.
Saturday, 14 May 2016 06:06

Drug-trial cases spark call for ACC coverage

Two patients injured in clinical trials have fought with international drug companies for compensation, sparking a call for a return to cover by the Accident Compensation Corporation. One of the men was in a trial for people with gout, comparing the medicine lesinurad with another gout drug. The other man was in a diabetes trial. Both cases were in 2012. Lesinurad was then supplied by Ardea Biosciences, an American company later taken over by AstraZeneca. It is not known what happened to the patients.
Friday, 29 April 2016 09:01

Eighty-year-old in constant pain cannot claim, ACC rules

If Janet Brown wants to wash her face she has to sit down and bend over until her face is almost to her knees because she cannot lift her arms. As a result of two accidents in 2004 and 2013, the 80-year-old has damaged the rotator cuffs in both shoulders and needs an operation. But ACC has turned down her claim, a decision that was later upheld by a review and she does not meet the threshold required by Taranaki DHB to get an assessment.
Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:35

Massey University research finds dementia links to minor trauma

Concussion, even a minor knock, should not be downplayed, say Manawatu rugby players who are suffering the consequences. Former Manawatu Turbos halfback Aaron Good, 33, has labelled players who ignore the symptoms of concussion silly, having been forced to hang up his boots after battling headaches and mood swings since 2009. New research has come out of Massey University, finding even minor trauma, not just to the head, can lead to early dementia.
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