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soccer players

HEADS UP  The brain needs time to recover between brain injuries, a study in mice suggests. The finding may help doctors understand potential injuries to athletes, including soccer players who repeatedly head the ball.

nerve cells

CUTTING CONNECTIONS  C4 protein (green) is found on human nerve cells growing in a dish (cell bodies shown in blue). The protein may cause people with schizophrenia to lose nerve cell connections, researchers propose. 

boy holding baby with microcephaly

AN OUTBREAK CONTINUES  A Brazilian boy holds his baby brother, born in 2015 with a birth defect called microcephaly. Scientists believe the condition may be linked to maternal infections with the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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