Kresta in the Afternoon – August 7, 2017 – Hour 2

+  With so much Turmoil in the White House, Why are the Markets so Stable?

  • Description: The first eight months of the Trump presidency haven't exactly been stable. He's been heavily criticized for his refugee policy, Congress' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his alleged connections with Russia. Several White House staff members have resigned or been fired. With such turmoil, one would expect the stock market to be fickle - but it's been just the opposite. The Dow reached another high last week, closing above 22,000 for the first time ever. Why? We'll talk with Brian Milligan.
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    • Brian Milligan
      Brian is lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Growth Fund. He is also a research analyst responsible for equity research functions for the Firm with a focus on growth companies. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Brian was an analyst with Standard & Poor’s. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trine University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Business Administration degree. Visit avemariafunds.com
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+  The Catholic Doctor behind Football's Concussion Debate (2 segments)

  • Description: A recent study examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players, including 111 players from the NFL. 177 of the brains showed evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. It's the latest step in an ongoing debate over whether football is worth the risk, a discussion that has been spearheaded by Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first found CTE in former football players in 2005. Since then he has faced enormous obstacles but has been buoyed by his strong faith and desire for truth. He joins us.
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    • Dr. Bennet Omalu
      Dr. Bennet Omalu is the author of Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports. He's a Nigerian-American neuropathologist who discovered and named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players, other athletes and military veterans. He is the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, California, and a clinical professor at the University of California, Davis. His story is told in the major motion picture Concussion, starring Will Smith. Visit him at bennetomalu.com
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    • Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports

      One day in 2002 the fifty-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster’s body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster’s brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn’t add up. It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster’s brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu’s discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports. At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data? In Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete’s concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You’ll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth. (learn more)

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