(CHICAGO) New national guidelines for concussions in children have been announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first real broad evidence-based advice for diagnosing and treating children’s concussions. The guidelines recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis while the reasons that concussions may warrant imaging scans would be the signs of vomiting, worsening headaches, and unconsciousness. The new guidelines also reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months. The CDC reports some one (1) million U.S. children get concussions each year although the true frequency is unknown because there is no national effort to track them and while the CDC has proposed a surveillance system to fill that gap, no official action has been taken as of yet.
(SPRINGFIELD) The man who built the House of Mouse has been declared the top entertainer in Illinois history. Voters in the Illinois Top 200 project put Walt Disney at number one, followed by comedians Bob Newhart, Jack Benny, and Richard Pryor with Oprah Winfrey rounding out the top five. The list continues with music producer Quincy Jones and actor John Hughes, followed by Hugh Hefner, Bill Veeck, and TV producer Shonda Rhimes. The Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks to choose their top ten favorites in twenty different categories, all leading up to the state’s bicentennial on December 3. The statewide voting in the next category, top scientists, is now underway online at www.IllinoisTop200.com.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner joined Illinois State Police officers yesterday to dedicate a portion of Interstate 74 in memory of a State Trooper who was killed in a car crash in the line of duty over a year ago. Trooper Ryan Albin was traveling with his canine partner Biko on I-74 westbound near Farmer City on June 28, 2017, when his vehicle collided with a box truck as they entered a construction zone. The five mile stretch of I-74 from post 155 to post 160 will be known as the Trooper Ryan Albin Memorial Highway. Albin’s parents and close family and friends were also on site for yesterday’s dedication.