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Ex-Google engineer charged with stealing self-driving car technology

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who quit the tech giant before merging his own startup with Uber, has been charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car trade secrets, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Levandowski, 39, who served as the head of Uber’s self-driving project, had been named in a 2017 lawsuit brought against Uber by Waymo, Google’s former self-driving car unit, claiming that the popular ride-sharing app stole trade secrets from Google. That suit ended in a settlement of $245 million.

At the time, federal judge William Alsup, who was overseeing the case, recommended criminal charges against Levandowski.

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In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, seen here in 2016 speaking about Uber’s driverless car in San Francisco, was charged with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber.

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Levandowski faces 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. Each count carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to an indictment unsealed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California.

“All of us have the right to change jobs,” U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson said in a statement Tuesday. “None of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door. Theft is not innovation.”

The indictment makes similar allegations to the earlier civil suit against Uber; namely that Levandowski, who at the time was the lead of Google’s Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) engineering team, stole 14,000 confidential files about Waymo’s self-driving technology before he quit the company in 2016.

Levandowski turned himself in Tuesday. Attorney Miles Ehrlich told The Associated Press, “He didn’t steal anything, from anyone. This case rehashes claims already discredited in a civil case that settled more than a year [ago].”

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David L. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, left, and FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett at a news conference to announce charges against Levandowski in San Jose, Calif.

The indictment alleges that in the months prior to his resignation, Levandowski downloaded “from secure Google repositories numerous engineering, manufacturing, and business files related to Google’s custom LiDAR and self driving car technology. The files downloaded included circuit board schematics, instructions for installing and testing LiDAR, and an internal tracking document.”

Federal prosecutors said Levandowski worked with two would-be competitors of Waymo, Tyto LiDAR LLC and 280 Systems Inc.

The latter, a self-driving truck startup founded by Levandowski and another former Google employee after they resigned, was renamed Ottomotto and acquired Tyto LiDAR LLC in May 2016. Shortly after, Uber acquired Ottomotto for $680 million and hired Levandowski. He was fired a year later after Uber was slapped with a civil suit from Waymo, although Uber denied knowing anything about the alleged stolen documents.

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In a separate case following the civil suit against Uber, Levandowski was forced to pay Google $127 million in arbitration proceedings, according to a disclosure made by Uber leading up to its IPO, the AP reported.

Although Google and Uber both have participated in the investigation, prosecutors have not yet announced whether Uber and its former CEO, Travis Kalanick, will face criminal charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Amazon fires: By the numbers

The raging fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have captured the public’s imagination worldwide for the last few weeks and recently prompted the country to declare a state of emergency in the region.

The blazes, which are actually visible from space, are generally thought to be the result of land being cleared for farming and ranching, though Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has claimed without evidence that the fires were started by nongovernmental organizations.

Bolsonaro has also been criticized for relaxing the enforcement of laws meant to prevent deforestation, while simultaneously encouraging mining and farming across a wide swath of the region since he was inaugurated.

“It’s a catastrophe of huge proportions,” Dr. Deby Cassill, an associate professor in USF’s Department of Biological Sciences, told Fox 13.

These are some key numbers to help you make sense of the situation.

AMAZON FIRES: WHY IS THE RAINFOREST BURNING?

6.7 million

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Amazon covers 6.7 million square kilometers (2.5 million square miles) and is one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. This all means the Amazon rainforest is twice as large as the country of India.

$20 million

That’s how much the Group of Seven nations pledged to help Brazil fight the wildfires. However, Bolsonaro rejected the donation, reportedly because he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to apologize to him first amid their ongoing feud. Later, the Brazilian right-wing leader apparently reversed himself and left open the possibility of accepting the funds.

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A fire burns a field on a farm in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, on Friday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

2.5 million

That’s the number of acres of burned forest seen by an ABC News reporter during a flyover this week. To put this acreage figure into some perspective, it’s just a bit smaller than the state of Connecticut.

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100

This is the percentage of donations to the Earth Alliance’s Amazon Forest Fund that go to protecting the rainforest. The nonprofit has an initial commitment of $5 million to focus on critical resources to protect the region — and it lists the local, indigenous organizations benefiting from its work on its website.

10

The Amazon is home to at least 10 percent of Earth’s known biodiversity. Its rivers and tributaries contain the largest number of freshwater fish species in the world.

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Texas woman seen breaking into Botox clinic with saw, police say

Police in a Houston suburb are looking for a woman who they say used a saw to break into a Botox clinic last week so she could pilfer anti-aging products.

Surveillance cameras captured the Aug. 23 episode at Botox RN MD Spa in Sugar Land, police said in a news release.

The woman was seen approaching a locked door and trying to pry it open.

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A security camera captures what police are calling a break-in at a Botox-clinic in a Houston suburb. (Sugar Land Police Department )

When that failed, she left and came back in a light-colored Mercedes-Benz and a battery-powered grinding saw, police said.

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She used the tool to open the front door, police said. She then left with an undisclosed amount of products.

The woman is said to be 35 to 45 years old; her vehicle did not have a front license plate.

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Las Vegas man, 18, drops 113 pounds so he can enlist in Army

A young man in Las Vegas has lost more than 100 pounds since the beginning of the year, intent on gaining entry into the Army.

Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period in order to meet the branch’s weight requirement, dropping from 317 pounds to 204.

“That’s a human — he lost the equivalent of a human in seven months,” said his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long.

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period so he could enlist in the Army. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

Pinto, who was born in Oakland, Calif., and was raised in Peru and later Las Vegas, decided to join the military after high school because he wanted to become the first member of his family to serve, he recently told the Army.

“You’ve got one life. I don’t want to wake up and do the same thing every single day. There’s a whole world out there,” he said.

So Pinto, who has worked as an electrician at construction sites, committed to cleaning up his diet and started hitting the gym.

Pinto is 6-foot-1. For someone his age and height looking to enlist, the Army has set a maximum weight of 205 pounds.

While his recruiter was skeptical of Pinto’s goal at first, he supported him.

“They never put the effort into it,” Long said of potential recruits. “They never actually care enough and they don’t go anywhere. And then you turn around and you got someone like Luis.”

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, who lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period, and his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

The former high school football offensive lineman was eager to be part of a new team and bring that disciplined gridiron mentality to the military.

“I transferred that same mentality over to life after high school,” he said.

In order to sign enlistment papers, a candidate must be in good health. When requirements are met, a recruiter can move forward with the process. Once enlisted, recruits spend their first 10 weeks in Basic Combat Training, or “boot camp,” where their physical limits will be tested.

Pinto said he started doing cardio and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

“Running wasn’t my strong suit,” he said. “Carrying all that extra weight and trying to run definitely increased my time.”

Now Pinto can run a mile in six and a half minutes, which he says is about half what his time was earlier this year.

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When the training got tough and it was hard to find inspiration, Pinto’s mom was there with words of encouragement, he said.

“One thing she told me is to just show up. Just show up and don’t worry about the workout that’s to come. You show up at the gym and once you’re there, you’re already there, so might as well just get it over with,” he said.

His efforts paid off, and Pinto enlisted at the rank of 14E, a Patriot Fire Control enhanced operator/maintainer. The Patriot weapons system is one of the most advanced missile systems in the world, the Army said.

As for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT), administered to new recruits, Long said Pinto passed with flying colors. The OPAT measures muscular strength and endurance, cardio, explosive power and speed. There are four components: the standing long jump, the seated power throw, the deadlift and an interval aerobic run.

“Every event was like it was made for him; it was easy,” Long said.

Pinto is expected to report to basic training in September.

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His next goal is to hit 190 pounds, he said.

“Hitting my goal weight definitely isn’t my end goal. There’s still way more to come. I still want to get better,” he pointed out.

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But there has been room to reflect on his incredible progress.

“I pretty much use my old shirts for blankets at this point,” Pinto said.

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Strange giant planet ‘unlike any other’ discovered

Astronomers have spotted a giant exoplanet that they say is unlike any other.

Planet HR 5183 b has three times the mass of Jupiter and travels on an incredibly long, egg-shaped path around its star, according to Caltech, which led the research. The planet takes 45 to 100 years to complete its orbit, Caltech noted in a statement.

“If this planet were somehow placed into our own solar system, it would swing from within our asteroid belt to out beyond Neptune,” it added.

Scientists’ study of the newly discovered planet will be published in The Astronomical Journal.

ROCKY ‘STAR WARS’ EXOPLANET WITH THREE SUNS DISCOVERED

“This planet is unlike the planets in our solar system, but more than that, it is unlike any other exoplanets we have discovered so far,” said Sarah Blunt, a Caltech graduate student and first author on the study, in the statement. “Other planets detected far away from their stars tend to have very low eccentricities, meaning that their orbits are more circular. The fact that this planet has such a high eccentricity speaks to some difference in the way that it either formed or evolved relative to the other planets.”

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An illustration comparing the “eccentric” orbit of HR 5183 b to the more circular orbits of the planets in our own solar system. (Credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko)

The Lick Observatory in Northern California, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the McDonald Observatory in Texas all provided data for the study.

While the planet’s star, HR 5183, had been studied since the ’90s, HR 5183 b’s epic journey meant that experts lacked full orbit information.

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“This planet spends most of its time loitering in the outer part of its star’s planetary system in this highly eccentric orbit, then it starts to accelerate in and does a slingshot around its star,”  said Caltech Professor of Astronomy Andrew Howard, who leads the California Planet Search, in the statement. “We detected this slingshot motion. We saw the planet come in and now it’s on its way out. That creates such a distinctive signature that we can be sure that this is a real planet, even though we haven’t seen a complete orbit.”

Experts believe that the planet’s strange orbit is likely because it nudged another similar-size planet out of the solar system.

“This newfound planet basically would have come in like a wrecking ball,” said Howard, in the statement. “Knocking anything in its way out of the system.”
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In a separate project, astronomers recently spotted a rocky “Star Wars” exoplanet with three suns.

Experts from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics used NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) telescope to spot planet LTT 1445 A b and its three stars.

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In another project, data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has given scientists a first glimpse into conditions on the surface of a rocky exoplanet beyond the solar system.

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Killings of wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert prompt $50G reward for information

More than $50,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the person believed to have killed dozens of protected wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert.

The reward rose to that amount Monday after an anonymous $32,000 donation to the Humane Society’s burro protection initiative.

Some 42 burros with gunshot wounds have been found along a 60-mile stretch of I-15 in the Mojave Desert since May. I-15 connects Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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More than 40 protected wild burros have been killed in the Southern California desert in recent months. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

“Wild horses and burros are an iconic part of the American West, and part of our national heritage,” said William Perry Pendley, the deputy director of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), last week. “We will pursue every lead until we’ve arrested and prosecuted those responsible for these cruel, savage deaths, and we welcome the public’s help to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”

Wild burros have been protected under a 1971 federal law. Violators would face a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

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BLM law enforcement was leading the investigation into the illegal killings, in coordination with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The persons who shot these innocent and beloved burros deserve to be brought to justice,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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First day of school photo showing 8-year-old comfort classmate with autism goes viral: ‘He helped me and I was happy’

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A heartwarming moment went viral after an 8-year-old boy lent a helping hand to a peer in distress.

On the first day of school in Wichita, Kan., Christian Moore reportedly saw another student crying, so he walked over, took his hand and helped walk the upset schoolmate into the building.

What Moore didn’t know at the time was that the other student, Connor, is autistic and was overwhelmed by the Day 1 commotion.

The photo, at Minneha Elementary School, was taken after Moore consoled Connor, KAKE reports. Apparently, the first day of school was overwhelming for Connor, who was struggling to handle everything happening around him.

Moore’s mom posted the photo on Facebook: “I’m so proud of my son, he (saw) a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and walked him inside of the school!” she wrote. “It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child! He’s a kid with a big heart, the first day of school started off right.”

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Connor’s mom told KAKE, “I fear every day that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn’t speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn’t sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands.”

As for the photo and Moore’s compassionate assist, Connor had this to say: “I was in the first day of school and I started crying. Then he helped me and I was happy.”

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According to Moore’s mom, the two boys have since bonded.

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‘Office’ actress Angela Kinsey tells why her character loved cats

Actress Angela Kinsey played a cat lover on the beloved NBC sitcom “The Office.” Turns out it wasn’t all an act.

She also deeply cares about cat health and care in her everyday life.

Her character, Angela Martin, originally wasn’t supposed to be cat-obsessive, but it felt organic to Kinsey.

“When I auditioned … my character was described to me as sort of the judge-y lady in the corner,” she told Fox News. “And in the pilot episode our director, Ken Kwapis, asked me if I would pass out papers in the background because we were all each other’s background.”

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“I’d been doodling on a Post-It note. I’d drawn a little picture of a cat and I wrote ‘You’re invited to Sprinkles’ first birthday party, 4 p.m. in the parking lot.”

The actress added: “I’d just sort of made up for myself that I found a cat in the parking lot and adopted it and I passed [it] out to everyone. And then Jenna [Fischer] as Pam improvised a line off of that Post-It note and Sprinkles made it into the pilot, and I think the writers just were like, ‘Yes.’ And they just ran with it.”

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Pictured from left: Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance, Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton (Chris Haston/NBC)

Her ”Office” co-star,Kate Flannery will be hitting the stage this fall on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Kinsey insisted she doesn’t need any advice.

“I cannot wait,” she said. “I told her I said. ‘You have to get me tickets; I have to come to a taping. I have to.'”

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“She is so talented,” Kinsey said. “I think a lot of people might not know this about Kate but she’s an amazing performer-entertainer. She’s been touring with [actor] Jane Lynch. They have a whole Christmas album and just like a big band. And she’s phenomenal. So I can’t wait.”

But Kinsey “would never ever” be part of the celebrity cast. “I love watching ‘Dancing With the Stars, but no one needs to see me dance,” she joked.

The “Haters Back Off” star is currently working with Royal Canin to promote cat health and encourage owners to take their pets to the vet.

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Angela Kinsey teamed up with Royal Canin, a leader in pet nutrition, for National You’re your Cat to the Vet Day.  (Michael Simon/StartraksPhoto.com)

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She’s also an advocate for pet adoption but advised about choosing the right type of pet, depending on your lifestyle and where you live.

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Andrew Yang proposes ‘giant space mirrors’ to tackle climate change

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s climate plan aims to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions with a range of new initiatives — including investing in major geoengineering projects like giant mirrors in space.

Like many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, Yang has proposed using a wide range of tools to ramp up renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, establish new standards on emissions for buildings, cars and the entire electric grid, and boost nuclear energy capacity.

However, his 20-year, $4.87 trillion climate plan differs in one way, and that’s in terms of geoengineering — the notion that humans should take deliberate and large-scale action concerning climate in order to stop or slow down the planet’s warming. Yang’s plan would provide $800 million to NASA, the Department of Defense and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to research geoengineering, which includes investigating “giant foldable space mirrors” as an emergency measure of last resort.

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Businessman Andrew Yang addresses the South Carolina Democratic Party convention, Saturday, June 22, in Columbia, S.C.. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

“Space mirrors would involve launching giant foldable mirrors into space that would deploy and reflect much of the sun’s light [away from the planet]. This method would be extremely expensive, which is why it should be investigated as a last resort. However, since we would be able to “undo” the mirror after deployment if needed, it’s less permanent,” Yang has written.

The entrepreneur proposed that America become a global leader in green technology.

“We’re the most entrepreneurial country in the history of the world. It’s time to activate the American imagination and work ethic to provide the innovation and technology that will power the rest of the world,” Yang wrote.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has proposed a wide-ranging plan to tackle climate change. (Yang2020.com)

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Although most mainstream climate plans proposed by Democratic presidential candidates have a technology investment component, one expert urged a bit of caution.

“I think that he’s essentially on the right track to focus on science and technology, but I think that his faith in technology may be a little bit misplaced,” Steven Cohen, director of the research program on sustainability policy and management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, told The Verge.

“It’s one thing to do the research … but another thing to count on it to save the world.”

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Concussions in NFL players linked to erectile dysfunction, Harvard study says

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Former NFL players who have experienced head injuries — namely concussions — may be more likely to also experience low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (ED), a new Harvard study found.

The study, published in the JAMA Neurology Monday, was based on a survey of more than 3,400 NFL players —  which researchers with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School noted represents “the largest study cohort of former professional football players to date.”

The survey was conducted between 2015 and 2017, according to a news release regarding the findings.

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For the survey, “participants were asked to report how often blows to the head or neck caused them to feel dizzy, nauseated or disoriented, or to experience headaches, loss of consciousness or vision disturbances— all markers of concussion. Responders were grouped in four categories by number of concussive symptoms,” researchers explained.

“Next, the former players were asked whether a clinician had recommended medication for either low testosterone or ED, and whether they were currently taking such medications.”

By the end, researchers found those who reported the most concussion symptoms were two-and-a-half times more likely to say they were either recommended to take, or are currently taking, medication for low testosterone compared to those who reported the fewest symptoms. Similarly, those who reported the most concussion symptoms were roughly two times more likely to say the same about ED medication.

“Notably, even former players with relatively few concussion symptoms had an elevated risk for low testosterone, a finding that suggests there may be no safe threshold for head trauma,” the researchers added.

“Former players with ED may be relieved to know that concussions sustained during their NFL careers may be contributing to a condition that is both common and treatable.”

— Rachel Grashow, the study’s lead author

Overall, 18 percent of participants reported low testosterone, while 23 percent reported ED. About 10 percent said they experienced both.

Though the findings are observational and do not prove a definitive link between head trauma and ED, the results “do reveal an intriguing and powerful link between history of concussions and hormonal and sexual dysfunction, regardless of player age,” the researchers said.

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“Notably, the ED risk persisted even when researchers accounted for other possible causes such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea, for example. Taken together, these findings warrant further study to tease out the precise mechanism behind it,” they noted.

Injury to the pituitary gland — a small organ at the base of the brain that’s responsible for hormone production — could affect testosterone levels and ED, researchers said of a possible explanation.

“Former players with ED may be relieved to know that concussions sustained during their NFL careers may be contributing to a condition that is both common and treatable,” Rachel Grashow, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, said in a statement.

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