Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Three High School Football Player Deaths Within a Few Days

Three high school football players have died in recent days.

Tom Cutinella, a guard/linebacker for Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, N.Y. died Wednesday night after suffering a head injury in a collision with an opponent during a game earlier that day, ESPN reported.

Demario Harris Jr., a cornerback with Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Ala., died Sunday after he collapsed following a tackle during a game on Friday. It's not clear whether he suffered a brain hemorrhage because of the hit or if an aneurysm in his brain ruptured.

Isaiah Langston, a linebacker with of Rolesville High School in North Carolina, died after he collapsed during a pregame warm-up Friday. No official cause of death was announced, but his brother Aijalon Langston told a media outlet that the death was related to a blood clot in the brain, ESPN reported.


U.S. Military Hospitals Must Improve: Defense Secretary

U.S. military hospitals and clinics must improve access to treatment, quality of care and patient safety, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.

Underperforming facilities have four to six weeks to outline how they will correct inadequacies, he said at a Pentagon news conference, The New York Times reported.

Hagel said the military's 54 hospitals and hundreds of clinics in the U.S. and other countries provide care comparable to that of an average civilian health system, but "we cannot accept average."

By year's end, Hagel wants the Defense Department to have a plan for "the top performing system we all want and expect it to be," The Times reported.
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