Thursday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- Advocacy group Black Women's Roundtable released a statement that said it was encouraged by the NFL's new personal conduct policy.
- The Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported that Laboratory Corporation of America in nearby Burlington reached an agreement to provide diagnostic testing services for NFL Alumni members and their families.
- The Associated Press reported that a federal judge in Chicago rejected the $75 million settlement for a concussion lawsuit against the NCAA.
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on University of Wisconsin students who showed have they have used smart technology in football helmets to detect injuries.
- Newswise featured Vermont State senator Richard Sears, who created one of the most comprehensive concussion laws in the country.
- GoLocalPDX in Portland, Oregon, reported that the concussion rates of high school football players at some Portland-area high schools were nearly twice as high as the national average in 2013.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor