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Congress to investigate football-concussion dispute

Four Democratic representatives have asked the National Institutes of Health to explain why funding donated to it by the National Football League will not be used to support a study on brain injuries.

Frank Pallone, ranking member of the House commerce committee, and colleagues wrote to the NIH and the Foundation for the NIH on 7 January about allegations that the NFL did not allow money it had donated to be used to fund a study on the effects of concussions.

In the letters, they ask the NIH and FNIH to provide records of agreements and communication between the NFL, NIH and FNIH about the $30-million donation and any restrictions on it.

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