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A series, by Ellen Abbott, on the issue of concussions in CNY.

This week: concussion, corporal punishment and AIDS

Public awareness of concussion, especially in sports, has increased in recent years, mirrored by an explosion of concussion-related research, says Brian Rieger, PhD, director of the Upstate Concussion Center.

Upstate researchers are tracking how students with concussions struggle in the classroom and seeking better ways to diagnose concussions and manage the resulting stress, Rieger says. They are also participating in a study with a company that is developing a new generation of portable, hand-held devices for objectively assessing brain function.

Also on the show: research on corporal punishment and treatment for people with AIDS.