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>> primetime new live as isil continues their brutal campaign, nick schifrin reports from the turkey - syria border... >> that's the black isil flag above the town center... >> five days of fear: escape from isil only on aljazeera america new ebola fears in dallas for up to 100 possible contacts linked to the liberia patient as family members are quarantined. america is arming moderate rebels in syria to fight i.s.i.l. - are there many left. >> i'm antonio mora, and this is "consider this". those stories and more ahead. >> we are learning about the first ebola case diagnosed in the u.s. at least 100 people may have been exposed. parents are scared. the rush to take the children home early.
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>> i want to get to my kids. i was better when i got there. >> the hong kong leader is going nowhere. protesters are standing their ground. police are restocking riot gear - tear gas, rubber bullets. >> we have to make the economy work for every working american. >> president obama talking about the economy in illinois. ballot. >> another high school football player died during a game, the third in the past week. shock. >> an ohio woman suing a sperm bank. they mixed up a sample. >> it wasn't as if she was calling in october 2011 ordering a pizza. the latest on the ebola scare in dallas, as many as 100 people may have had direct or indirect contact with thomas eric duncan. the liberian
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national is in serious continue at texas presbyterian hospital. the number of elementy students that may have had contact issate. that had some parents taking their kids out of class. four of duncan's relatives, exposed to him while he was showing symptoms of the disease home. >> no one is supposed to go inside the apartment. they are in the apartment. they cannot come out or allowed to come on the porch. >> let's go dallas, and al jazeera america correspondent heidi zhou-castro. good of you to join us, you were at the apartment complex on thursday, where duncan had been staying in dallas. are people concerned. what are they telling you? >> they certainly. understandably so. it's noticeable that this district is three miles, covering 24 different nationalities. why? this is where a lot of immigrant refugees are resettled.
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it's this apartment complex, seven or eight languages were covered. the people i spoke to said they were concerned, of course, about this happening. the few i spoke to were friendly, trusting and didn't know much about the case. there was a gentleman who understands english and received a flyer from the department management, listing the symptoms of ebola. and when he received that, he was concerned. he is hoping to be tested along possible. >> duncan's nephew had to call the c.d.c. to get attention paid to his uncle's condition. his girlfriend said the sheets were in the apartment early op thursday, days after he was diagnosed. what happened with all that? >> that's right. in fact, health officials confirmed his girlfriend's statement today. saying the reason that waste
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left by it patient in the apartment stayed there for two days is because they could not find a waste disposal company locally here willing to take that, until today. so because of that there were sheets, a mattress, clothing, riddled with sweat, in a sealed bag, inside a unit where four people were forced to stay because of legal threats. the texas house department gave an order today saying that they cannot come out else they may go to court. the reason the county judge told us they resorted to this was because for some reason he had concern of the individuals may not comply with the orders. he wouldn't share details as to what led to the concern. as a result the order was in place, and police officers have been embedded inside the complex to ensure that no unauthorised entries and exits happen. >> police are making sure they don't leave.
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what is being done to help them and feed them and make sure they are okay in there? >> well the c.d.c. says that that responsibility is falling squarely on their shoulders, they are organising food deliveries. the food bank here in dallas jumped off food delivers today. we do have a waste company that was contracted, and this afternoon was taking out some of the waste finally. >> al jazeera america correspondent heidi zhou-castro - it's great to have you with us. thank you. for more on the people that may have this direct or indirect contact with thomas duncan, i'm joined by the professor, the senior associate, for a think tank that studies health threats. aimish, good to have you with us. based on the time that thomas duncan was exposed to people
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while he had symptoms of ebola, do you share confidence that the illness can be contained possibly to duncan himself? >> i do share that confidence. ebola is a deadly disease, a scary disease, but is not containingous. we saw imported cases in other countries, nigeria and senna gal, where the chain of transmission can be broken. if they can do it surely the united states can. >> now we have the number of people that duncan is linked to, jumping to 100. many are not believed to be direct contacts. >> right. some of the contacts haven't had high risk contact with blood or body floouds. there's a circle of individuals under quarantine at the highest risks. there are other contacts, in order to capture contact, but we don't suspect those people are
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at high risk. >> why do we care about anyone that he didn't have direct contact with. if anyone can transmit the disease, people he wasn't exposed to shouldn't have an issue. is this an excess of caution? >> i believe it is what is going on. what people are doing is going above and beyond. that's what we see when we saw dr brattly and nancy writebol. a lot of people are nervous about ebola, and there's public concern. people are going above and beyond to ensure the public's safety with a case. >> one student that may have this contact with thomas went to school. because that student was not simply attic, no one is is symptomatic. parents at the schools shouldn't be concerned. >> right. you can't spread ebola unless you have symptoms. all the individuals, including
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those under quarpt each, none -- quarantine, none have exhibited symptoms. there's no reason to be panicked. people need to be aware of what is going on, but there's no reason to have panic or frightening thoughts. >> how about the apartment where duncan stayed. as i mentioned it hasn't been cleaned, it has dirty linen. does that mean that anybody who risk? >> depends upon what their contact was, ebola is not a hardy virus, and it can't survive outside a human o animal body. they have to be taken care of in the way you would with soiled material. they have to wash and take care of them. there's a problem when people don't want to haul trash from ebola patients, and houses that may have ebola patient.
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that has to do with how - what the department's transportation regulations are. it's all worked out now. i heap to see this situation not occur in the future if we have more ebola patients. >> let's listen to what dallas mayor mike rawlings had to say. >> this business is local. when i say local, i don't mean dallas, but a specific neighbourhood in the north-east of dallas. >> that may be true as far as the apartment complex where he stayed is concerned . presumably he was in an emergency room at hospital, he wasn't admitted. could the circle of contacts be wider than we'd like? >> it's definitely wider than we like, stemming from the fact that this individual present to a hospital once and was not diagnosed with ebola, and it's a flaw because that gave this
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person more opportunity to increase the contact circle. we have less contacts to trace if he had been admitted. i encourage doctors to be vigilant, and be extra careful about travel history. that should be emphasised. just like we ask about allergies, they need to think of travel history, with cases of m.e.r.s., and a chicken disease in the caribbean. >> government health officials are telling people that everything is undercontrol, then we see this information coming out. the c.d.c. had to be called to get more attention, once the hospital didn't admit him. duggan's girlfriend told him hospital personnel told him twice when he came from liberia. trust.
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>> it's a floor. people should recognise when he presented the first time, that this person had ebola, and should have been admitted and isolated. the investigation should have targeted a couple of days earlier. it's not a flaw of the c.d.c., but it happened in one hospital. at the hospital that i work at at pittsburgh, we worked to make a protocol that is successful to all the hospitals and is easily successful and plies - gives specific recommendations to isolate the patient, screen them and notify the appropriate authorities. i can't speak for the other hospitals. doing. >> important information. dr aimish, pleasure to have you with us again. >> thank you. >> turning to turkey, which is a member of the coalition to fight i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria. the parliament authorised the government to authorise military action. the move could allow n.a.t.o.
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allies to use the u.s. airbase and incirlik to launch attacks. i.s.i.l. fighters captured more territory in syria, despite repeated air strikes, almost surrounding the city of kobani. the fighting sending more refugees fleeing to turkey, adding to a crisis there. >> no troops are yet to fight the battle on the border. there are doubts about the one group willing to fight in syria, the moderate syrian rebels. >> joining us in new york is joshua herch, a contributor to the boest. his peace -- "the daily beast", his peace entitled "a last goodbye to the good guys", you are focussing on the moderates that we are arming and equipping and training, and the hope is that they will carry out the fighting in syria. what you are saying is most of those good guys, activists, humanitarians are gone. basically chased away by
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i.s.i.l. and bashar al-assad. >> that's right. one of the things that we are seeing is this embraced by the white house, the moderates, the search for the moderate rebel. what i was looking at is do the moderate rebels exist, which is a question we are asking and who are the moderates, and moderate is a relative term, how you and i might define it, people in the audience might define it, a lot are the people we imagine at the beginning of the uprising. ideologists, doctors that gave up their practices, helping in any way they could. what we have seen has been 3.5 years, and increasingly the people fled the country, they are silenced and are not there. when i.s.i.l. takes over the territory, they end up taking over the guys. >> you are seeing a certain amount was pushed out by the regime. that's something that happened. over the n year or so, some fell
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off, some whom we may call moderates fell off, some said "that's enough for me." this whole group of people dedicated activists who risked their lives living in idlib and aleppo, and hama in the north, they held out and did their best to advance the revolution. i.s.i.s. comes along, attacks them, forces them out. you had journalists who couldn't do their jobs, and this happened over a year ago this happened. >> what is going on in washington. is it wishful thinking, denial to what we saw with i.s.i.l. back in january when i.s.i.l. had tape over a couple of major iraqi cities. the president called it is jv team, and we are doing the same thing, thinking that there's enough of a moderate fighting force there that they'll be able to take on i.s.i.l. >> i think anyone that supports the ideals of the opposition
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would love to see the moderate group grow. anything could happen in i.s.i.s. and i.s.i.l. it's a push back. you may see that that creates more room and space for people to return. now we are not seeing the space for them to exist, prosper and do what they were trying to do, the things we associate with the uprising. >> was the president more realistic in august, when he talked about arming the moderates, being a fantasy, and we couldn't just arm pharmacists, farmers and things like that? >> i think it was a dark potentially situation there. you are overly dismissive to the president, to say because they were farmers once, they can't learn to fight or be trained. a lot of the small brigades that represent the moderate opposition are led by former syrian army commanders. they are smart and talented people. they are marginalized and a part of the opposition.
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the question is can they be wrangled together and coordinated in a way where they can present a genuine on the ground counterforce to i.s.i.s. >> some american politicians believe we can. john mccain is among the more vocal ones saying we need to arm the moderates. there are reports of some brigades, especially smears aleppo, who are legitimate fighting forces. >> it's true. they exist. i have met some of them. a lot of staging for the stuff takes place. you can meet wonderful people. whether they can be coordinated in such a way as to collectively do the things we would like to see them do, thick on the groups we'd like to take on and not do some thinks that alienate them from the population, i think we'll have a lot of questions. >> coordination is an important point.
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there has been discord among the moderates, about what the u.s. should do, if we should bomb i.s.i.l., as well, but as to how much they can help us, if we do have them on the ground. why are they not helping us tart the right locations, because there has been complaints that we haven't been doing that either. >> we saw a lot of moderates upset with the attacking and choices made. i think it will be a tough rode ahead. what i sort of want to look at in the piece was who do they represent at this point. who do they represent beyond people with guns and in the beginning they represent groups of civilians and activists who had the ideals, close to what we imagined the uprising to be. a lot of civil activists are gone. the question is do the fighting forces have a constituency that
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will hold them accountable and push them in a direction we want to see them going or are they fighters, people with guns. >> a lot to be concerned about in syria and iraq. thank you for being was. we talk to a chinese american journalist who says hong kong and china may be on an explosive collision course. president obama tries to shift the focus to the economy. is that a winning strategy for democrats. our social media producer harmeli aregawi is tracking stories on the web. what is tracking? >> this is a story getting a lot of attention online. an ohio woman is suing a sperm bank for mixing up her owner. >> if you missed an episode of "consider this", check out of the show.
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hong kong protesters that commanded chief executive leung resign got a flat no. he offered to have his second in command meet with the protesters to discuss the political process, but only in accordance with the ruling that launched the protests. police carried boxes appearing to hold rubber bullets and tear gas into the headquarters, and warned protesters not to charge the buildings as some threatened to do. for more on the situation in hong kong, tensions between the mainland and hong kong and the protest movement, i'm joined in new york by alan chin, reuters's contributor, and wrote a piece "are hong kong people still chinese - depend how you define chinese." you are chinese american, you are over there a lot.
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covering china, going back to tiananmen square, you were there for the british handover the hong kong in 1997. you know what you are talking about. in your peace you argue that before. >> yes, the hong kong university does an opinion poll asking people how to define themselves. more people call themselves hong konger rather than chinese. why is it happening. one thing you describe is how different hong kong remains. everything from different currencies to language. do they drive on different parts of the streets. the hong kong following the british model. do you see them on what you describe as an explosive
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collision course. the chinese want to ex-cert control and the -- exert control and the hong kongers less. >> it's supposes to be one kupt which, two citizens, the people of hong kong were promised that they'd have more and more democracy and freedom. going directly in terms of beijing's central governance desire to have conformity and etch having more of the same. >> specifically with the new have... >> direct elections. >> elections and they could choose the chief executive, and now beijing is deciding who the candidates will be and control what happens. >> basically what they are saying instead of having a primary where anyone can run for office, and the winners end up on election day, beijing is
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basically saying we'll have this committee, which is definitely stacked to be pro-beijing. and only the people that this committee let's through can run. >> so it's kind of like saying instead of a primary you get to choose the two guys that we choose for you. >> you quote the human rights watch. you point to the profound sense of betrayal. do you think we are seeing a fundamental split. what could the consequences be. >> i think the longer the protesters on the street, the less concessions that the government is willing to make. the more dangerous. not only in terms of violence but in sense of how is the city and the entire country going to be run.
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will it continue in a slowly modernizing freedom. as opposed to less. >> as opposed to hong kong that has a lot of freedom, has internet action. not blocked. not as censored the mainland. >> and so under those circumstances, though, what kind of compromise do you see in the long run that is possible. philosophies. >> that is the 64 billion question, and i think the chinese government must have struggled to find some kind of face-saving solution where they may be can give a small concession, but keep real power. >> how afraid are you that this will go out of control. it seems like the chinese government makes threats and backs off the threats, makes new
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threats, and the protesters are making noises and threatening to charge into some of these government buildings. >> i have coped with a lot of different situations in the middle east and asia. it comes down to what one or two people on the spot. whether they are wearing a uniform or in a youed. if one police captain gives the order to beat the kids up, that will happen, if one of the group of kids says we'll storm the building, you can't tell ahead of time. one little thing could be a tipping point. >> it wasn't a little thing it tiananmen square, it was a big thing, and i know you hope that doesn't get repeated here. >> i absolutely hope that is not repeated here. >> that's what people across the world are hoping as we see the streets of hong kong.
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turning to the midterm elections, "consider this" is highlighting an issue every week. today president obama addressed the biggest one, the economy, in a speech at university. >> american economic greatness never trickled down from the top. it grows from a rising, thriving middle class. there's two different visions for the country, i'm not on the ballot this fall. make no mistake, the pot sis are on -- policies are on the ballot. every one. >> it's the beginning of a campaign to convince voters that the referendum should be on the economy. a theme highlighted. >> ronald reagan used to ask the question are you better off than you are were four years ago, better off than you were in sixth the the answer is definitely better off than we were when i came into office. >> we are shined by bill schneider, senior nel
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-- fellow and he is an al jazeera contributor, and political correspondent michael shure. 62% of voters thing the economy is in bad shape, poor shape. struggling democrats are running from the democrats. the late st a.p. pole found 4 in 10 agreed with his policies. is the focus on the economy a good salary. >> the economy improved, but you notice what the president said a minute ago in the sound clip. he said are you better off than you were four years ago, six years ago, and he said there's no question the country is better off. he didn't say you are better off. that's the way most americans see it. they don't feel better off. that's why you get negative ratings. i'd say the economy is what the economy calls a met issue, not great, but improving.
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not good for a lot of people in the lower income categories. there's little doubt that the economy improved. but clear the fast number of people don't feel the improvement. an article i read put it quickly, that the middle class has not had a raise since the 1980s. another thing that the president said is i'm not on the ballot, ballot. >> his name is not on the ballot. but so much is associated with him. another side of this is he did not give immigration to a lot of candidates. there's no legislation on immigration, which is what a lot of candidates thought mark udol was running in colorado. the president has to give ammunition for the candidates improvement. >> how much ammunition is he
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giving him. there has been a growth in jobs, and then you see the flipside. many stop looking for jobs. long-term unemployment, still twice the historic average. how much fear is there on the democratic side that they are in threat of losing the senate. >> it's a good question. the fact is the economy is better. people don't feel the trickle down as they have in the past. it's not coming in jobs or changing, you know, we live in a country that has not had a raise, as was mentioned, but you have to give some good things for the candidates to say to associate themselves with the policy of the last four years. that's what the president is doing, from a loftyerch, because he's not welcome with grimes in kentucky, and others, he's going to safe places, to areas where the president
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maintains a bit more popularity. there's something to be said that the narrative of an senator. >> michael brought up colorado. in what midterm races will the economy be the biggest issue? >> colorado is the marquee senate race. it's an odd race. you have a democratic incumbent senate. and john hicken lutar. they have a good economy. best state economy in the country. there's a lot of energy production in colorado, along with north dakota and texas. the races are close, and some look like they may lose. the state is divided between what i describe as the new colorado, people that come in, and the old colorado, the old timers. the senate race in particular looks like a choice. the opponents have been around
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for a long time in colorado. and the state is divided. more to the point republicans are furious at obama for all kind of reason, primarily the economy. democrats are demoralized, particularly latino democrats that have been disappointed that the president has not been able to deliver immigration reform. >> that's a state where immigration was supposed to be a key ballot attractor forments democrats coming in to vote. i know you meant cory gardner, running it. >> running against hipenlooper, immigration was supposed to be the gift that obama was giving. it didn't happen, that's why the numbers on the economy are so state. >> let's talk about other places and reaction to the president's speech.
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we heard senate minority leader mitch mcconnell respond, and he responded harshly saying what about americans that work in industries that liberals don't approve of, like coal. in those states, he's saying the president is hurting jobs, and democrats, as you said earlier, i avoiding the president, and some are important battle ground states for determining who controls the senate. >> guess where the - he hopes to be majority leader, guess what mitch mcconnell comes from - kentucky. the state where the war on coal referred to buy the republicans, is a big issue, and they claim that the president is out to destroy the coal industry. there's no question that it contributes to global warming, but there's a lot of old americans, traditional, manufacturing, they haven't been doing well. and mitch mcconnell is drawing on that, because he, himself, while he's estimated to have a
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good chance of winning, he's not savvy. >> there are not many new ideas in the speech, and the president seems to say voters, this should be a referendum on the issues relating to the economy, on the competing visions. he talked about raising the minimum wage and other issues that got nowhere because of republicans that blocked him on capitol hill. so is that going to change any time soon. do you think that will ressanate? >> listen, if you think it wil change, if the republicans will stop them on capitol hill, it will likely be difficult if the republicans hold the senate far the last two years of the presidency. what the president is doing in trying to at least talk about the economy is also talk about owning these ideas. when he talked about the affordable care act, how it's creating jobs and making it
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easier for people to get health care, he referred to the affordable care act, and said aka obama care. there was a big question as to whether or not the president would own of the legislation, and if that helped senate candidate, i am sure there were some candidates who cringed when he called it affordable care act. he has a difficult time separating from that. the republicans blocking are still blocking president obama. >> we are about a month away. well see how it plays out. us. >> time to see what is trending on the web. aregawi. >> this story has a lot of people talking. a white couple from ohio are suing a sperm bank after mistakenly given a black donor sperm. their daughter peyton is two months old. >> we love her more to this day,
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she made us the people we are. never trade it for the world. >> despite that the couple want accountable. >> you cannot say "oops, sorry, be happy you have a child", and walk away from this. >> the couple is suing for $50,000 in part so they can afford to move out of the predominantly white community where they live. cranbrook has been mistreated because of her sexual oryep takes and worries -- orientation, and worries about racing peyton in a community with stereo typical ideas about nonwhites. we reached out to midwest sperm bank. as of the air time they had been responded to a request for comment. let us know what you think about that case. all because of a clerical error. >> thank you. straight ahead, a rising
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arab american star in the g.o.p. tells us why he thinks minorities would vote republican if the party pays attention to their needs. if you think represent is high, you are not alone. americans are facing higher represent payments, and why the problem will not be getting better soon. >> and a retired n.f.l. player's safety comes out. three high school players die from brain injuries.
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>> the president of estonia rising tensions with russia... >> one country has decided it no longer needs to follow the rules >> european union under stress
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become more expensive over the past few years, and will not get cheaper soon. the average apartment nationwide cost more than 1,100 a month, 15% more than the end of the session in 2009. the real estate research looked at dozens of metropolitan areas, finding prices have gone up every quarter since then. new york is the most expensive city in america. the average apartment represents for $3200. the west coast sees the steeps increase. one reason is that there is more demand for rentals. people can't afford to buy a place. home ownership is at its lowest point in 20 years, in part because americans are not making enough money. adjusted for inflation, the median income is the same in 2012 as two decades earlier.
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there are problems on the supply side, too few apartments available to rent. the rate of availablingant apartments is 4.2%, lower than the average 5.5% over 15 years. it's not expected to improve any time soon. part of the supply problem is that construction slowed after the recession. the good news is that construction is picking up. new apartments in the last year. >> coming up, three high school football players die of brain injuries in a week, as a
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tom cutinella, a 16-year-old varsity football player died wednesday night after a big hit football field. the third football player to die in a week. this comes days after an autopsy reveals that jo van belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself, suffered c.t.e. , reigniting the dangers of concussion in football. joining us from massachusetts is dr robert cantu, an authority on brain trauma and sports.
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he is the co-director of the center for the study of traumatic biop thi, investigating the link between concussion and brain disease. good of you to join us. the new research shows 76 out of 79 brains had evidence of c.t.e. numbers are skew the because c.t.e. can be determined after death, and people that donate their brains for study are those that had cognitive issues. the numbers are shocking. >> these numbers are shocking, but as you indicate, this is a segment of football players from the n.f.l. that had symptoms consistent with cognit if issues, behavioural and mood issues putting them at risk of c.t.e. that's 95% battery rate. that's high. >> the n.f.l. admitted that it expects a third of players will
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end up with long-term cognitive issues. that's an extremely high number population. >> yes, it's many, many times the general population, and we don't know whether that one-third is an accurate figure or not. we don't know the incidents and prevalence of c.t.e. amongst former n.f.l. players. we know that those we study seem to have it. we don't study those that are asymptom attic. what does that mean for football in general. >> i think it's important to understand that c te is out there in society with people that never played a sport, laced on a shoe or a helmet, but took head trauma falling off bikes or with false. c.t.e. is due to representative brain trauma. it's not just people that had that trauma through sports, and
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c.t.e. is virtually in every sport out there that has head trauma. it's been identified in rugby and soccer and ice hockey and more recently and baseball so that it's not unique to football. i don't think just because we had this overwhelming amount of cases, it's singling it out. it's been at risk, but it's not the only sport. >> of course, parents have been concerned since the news started to come out after many of the discoveries that you were responsible for over the years. can new technologies focussing on football, can new helmets prevent injuries, is there something that can be done to protect players. >> the brain trauma is due primarily to the very rapid change in position of the head, due to a hit most commonly to the head. sometimes to another part of the body that snaps a head back or forward. and that sudden change in
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position of the head is not going to be eliminated by helmets. they can slightly aten ute the risk of concussion. do a great job for skull fracture and intercranial concussion. >> have you seen changes in child pags in football? -- participation in football? >> it's not the influences of young children playing football is down, flag football is up. i think that's good. two years ago we came out with a book, concussion and our kids, and advocated for no tackle football under the age of 14. play flag football. teach on mani kilometres per hour, not kids banking heads. >> are rule changes something that can help. the n.f.l. emphasised some of this, hoping to minimise the injuries. do you think in the end, with
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players getting bigger, faster and stronger, that the nature of the sport, and given what you are describing was to how people are injured, is there much that can be done? >> there are things that can be done, and i think the n.f.l. is to be congradualated for take -- congratulated for taking a leading role. some of the things that they have done to make it meaningful is reduce contact in practices. you hit less in the n.f.l. than at any other level of football. at other levels you hit with full contact practices, 2-3 times, you play a game on top, you have spring ball, football camps. i think that was a huge step forward. they have identified the defense players, someone whose eye is on the ball. icking, catching, receiving. you can't hit the person in the head without it being a 15 yard
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penalty, that's a great step, and moving the kick-yard up. all that trauma is eliminated. they are great steps. the next big step is calling the rules that are in the rule book. you can't use the head or the helmet as a point of contact in blocking or tackling. force. >> lot of important points. doctor, it's a pleasure to have you with us. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. that's all for now. the conversation continues on the website we are on facebook and twitter >> the sun isn't up yet, but david godeski is. godeski has been homeless in washington d.c. for nearly 7 years. last night, like most, he slept outside. with affordable housing getting increasingly scarce here, there's been a spike in the
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number of homeless. churches, food pantries, the city, are all scrambling to meet the demand. at the public library's main branch, homeless individuals rush in when the doors open, some are even dropped off by a shuttle bus from the homeless shelters. once inside, they log onto computers to job hunt or check email. they meet friends or just read, protected from the elements. >> for many years we would sort of open our doors and say "okay, we've done our job", because we're providing them a warm place to go if they've got no place else to be. >> now, social worker jean badalamenti will help provide information on homeless services and will "sensitize" staff. while government, residents and local businesses argue over the role of the libraries, david godeski is just glad they're here. >> having a place like this where things are controlled, it's a godsend. >> so godeski will be back every
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day he can. >> hello, and welcome to the aljazeera news hour. i'm in doha, and coming up in the next 60 minutes, the fight for northern syria, control of the town near the turkish border as isis forces advance. demonstrations in hong kong turn violent. the preside