Archive - Aug 3, 2011

Archive - Aug 3, 2011

Georgia High School Football Player Dies After Voluntary Workout

ATLANTA--The father of Locust Grove High School football player Forest Jones, who died Tuesday night after passing out a week ago at a voluntary workout, said his son loved the game and "pushed himself too hard."

Forest Jones“He wanted to do it for me, so that when I got older he could take care of me,” Glenn Jones said Wednesday.

Jones, 16, was the second Georgia player to die on Tuesday, following the death of a South Georgia student at a football camp, and officials are trying to determine the effects of hot weather on both players.

Fitzgerald High School defensive lineman DJ Searcy died Tuesday morning after practice at a camp in northern Florida. The 16-year-old was found unresponsive in his cabin, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida High School Football Player Dies After Practice

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Donteria J. (DJ) Searcy, a junior on the 2011 Fitzgerald High football team, died Tuesday during the team's camp at O'Leno State Park in Columbia County, Fla.

DJ SearcySearcy had participated in a morning practice with his teammates. At approximately 11:15 a.m. he was found unresponsive in his cabin at the park. An ambulance transported Searcy to the Lake City (Fla.) Medical Center. EMTs and emergency room physicians attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

Do Animal Models Work?

New study calls into question reliance on animal models in cardiovascular research

Human hearts respond differently than mouse hearts to two cardiovascular drugs

Anyone who follows science has read enthusiastic stories about medical breakthroughs that include the standard disclaimer that the results were obtained in mice and might not carry over to humans. Much later, there might be reports that a drug has been abandoned because clinical trials turned up unforeseen side effects or responses in humans. Given the delay, most readers probably don’t connect the initial success and the eventual failure. But Igor Efimov, PhD, a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis who studies the biophysical and physiological mechanisms that underlie heart rhythm disorders, is acutely aware of the failure of once-promising drugs to pass clinical trials.

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