A dose of clarity

There's medicine for everything else. Why not for concussions, too?

Originally Published: January 6, 2011
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine

What do a rat with a headache, a mine collapse-survivor and NHL center Matt Cullen have in common? Each is evidence that a concussion treatment pill may be lurking right under our noses.

Julian Bailes, a neuro-surgeon at West Virginia University, recently found rats that have been given DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, handle concussive blows much better than those that have not received it. "The rats with DHA had almost no effects," says Bailes.

The neurosurgeon ...

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