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Insight: Football Brain Injuries / Marcos Breton / Aaron Neville / "Singing Rails" Music Festival

Football Brain Injuries The brain damage found in a growing number of professional football players has been described in detail by UC Davis Medical Center researcher Bennet Omalu and colleagues in the July issue of Neurosurgery. Football brain injury symptoms are distinct from those in Alzheimer's patients, they report, and can take years to manifest as behavioral and personality changes.  These can progress to serious cognitive impairment, culminating in early dementia.  We'll speak with Omalu about his research, which you can find Here.

Marcos Breton Bee columnist Marcos Breton joins us the first Wednesday of each month when there's no federal debt ceiling crisis; his columns appear each Wednesday and Sunday in the Bee's Our Region section. 

Aaron Neville American soul and R & B singer Aaron Neville will be performing at The Center for the Arts' 9th annual Benefit Concert for Nevada County Land Trust this Friday night.  We'll talk with Neville about the concert, and his upcoming album, "I Know I've Been Changed."   

Singing Rails Music Festival Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring the "Singing Rails" Railroad Music Festival this Saturday, featuring Grammy Award winner Laurie Lewis. Railtown is also one of the 70 California state parks slated to close in 2012 because of budget cuts. Railtown will push through 2011 with events, excursions, and festivals like the "Singing Rails."  We'll speak with Laurie Lewis about her music, and Railtown manager, Kimberly Baker, about her efforts to keep the park chugging ahead.    

Friday, August 5, 2011
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