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Mississippi High School Football Player Collapses in Game, Dies

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(GAUTIER, Miss.) -- A Mississippi high school football player died Friday night after he collapsed on the field and could not be revived, making him at least the seventh high school athlete to die since the start of football season last month.

Latrell Dunbar, a junior fullback for D’Iberville High School, fell to the ground after blocking a play in the third quarter of the school’s game in Gautier, said ABC News affiliate WLOX-TV in Mississippi.

Trainers rushed onto the field and applied mouth-to-mouth breathing, working frantically to revive him for the 15 minutes it took for an ambulance to arrive at the game.  Dunbar was then taken to Ocean Springs Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Saturday that Dunbar died of an acute cardiac event, which can be caused by hidden heart abnormalities.  In this case, though, according to WLOX, she said it was a fluke event.

This season appears to be tied for the second most lethal summer for young football players, according to records compiled by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research.  There were eight deaths in 1970, according to the center’s records.

From 1980 to 1984, an average of one high school football player died each year during the summer practice season.  But the death rate has roughly tripled to 2.8 deaths per year since then, according to a study released in July by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Study: Heart Exams in Space May Help Heart Care on Earth

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A study by the American College of Cardiology has found that heart exams performed in space may help improve health care for patients suffering from heart disease here on earth.

Researchers collected data from echocardiograms performed onboard the International Space Station and then analyzed the data to see if the human heart loses muscle mass in space and whether this contributes to astronauts suffering from orthostasis when they return to earth.

According to the findings of the study, which was presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology’s 60th Annual Scientific Session, mathematical modeling of the data appears to show some promise of helping doctors to predict early deterioration of heart function due to weightlessness.

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