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Insurer's Report Shows Spike In NY Concussion Diagnoses

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A New Report Shows Concussion Diagnoses Among New York youths rose 72 percent over the past five years. 

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association says diagnoses rose to 18.5 per 1,000 members ages 10 through 19 last year.

That's up from 10.7 concussions per 1,000 youths in 2010.

The association says Tuesday the national rate increase was similar, attributing it to both media attention and recent state laws aimed at preventing sports participants from "shaking off" signs of head injuries.

New York in 2012 required immediate benching of any student who has or may have suffered a concussion in a school-related activity, saying they could play again only after they are symptom-free for 24 hours and cleared by a doctor.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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