Thursday's health and safety news from the world of sports:
Carestream's digital medical president, Diana Nole, showed off an x-ray machine similar to that which will be located at Ralph Wilson Stadium for Bills home games. A smaller, portable version will travel with the team when they play in Toronto.
"They'll be able to use it on game day or any time during the season to take x-ray images of the players," Nole said.The partnership will also help Carestream explore the team's needs when it comes to concussions....
"We're very interested, as the league is, with the effects of long-term impacts from concussions, traumatic brain injuries. So one of the specific areas we're looking at is advanced imaging technology beyond this specifically for that area of injury," said Nole.
* The Associated Press reported that participants in the Little League World Series sat through an educational program on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
Working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Little League hopes to have an online program ready for the 2014 season. The youth sports organization had been in discussions with the foundation for more than a year about such a program, well before Major League Baseball announced suspensions recently for more than a dozen players following a lengthy investigation into a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing PEDs.
The most recent batch of suspensions handed down Aug. 5 came less than two weeks before the start of the Little League World Series, which is scheduled to begin Thursday. Thousands of coaches, along with young players and their families are expected to visit South Williamsport during the 11-day tournament, and foundation president Don Hooton plans to attend, too, to spread his awareness message in person.
"This is a teachable moment. Ever parent, every coach should take the opportunity of all these suspensions to sit down and talk to your kids about why they shouldn't be involved in performance-enhancing drugs," Hooton said in a recent phone interview.
* NorthHillsPatch.com looked at the concussion prevention jerseys created by Heads Up Football Ambassador and former NFL star LaVar Arrington.
* Former NHL star Eric Lindros was the key panelist for a concussion symposium in London, Ontario, CTV reported.
* WSBT-TV examined how South Bend, Ind., coaches are implementing the Heads Up Football program.
* The Demarest, N.J., city council voted to oppose random drug testing among high school athletes, according to NorthJersey.com.
* The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that concussion testing in the Northern California city's school district has been delayed because of problems implementing the program.
* CNYCentral.com reported that hundreds of kids and parents in Syracuse, N.Y., learned about concussion awareness Wednesday night.
* WOWT-TV looked at Nebraska's efforts in concussion awareness.
* USA Cheer offered tips for parents about what to watch for in high school cheerleaders who might suffer concussions.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor