Sean Morey, then with the Arizona Cardinals, celebrates after blocking a punt against the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. Morey, who suffers from post-concussion syndrome, retired from the NFL in 2010 on the advice of doctors. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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Health

Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'

During his 10-year career, Sean Morey absorbed countless hits, more than a few of which resulted in concussions. "Every time I hit somebody it was like getting tasered," he says. Now, he suffers from lingering conditions, like debilitating headaches, and is an advocate for players' health.

Janet Yellen smiles as President Obama announces her nomination for Federal Reserve chairwoman on Oct. 9. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy

After Overcoming Early Obstacles, Yellen Assumes Fed's Top Job

The world of central banking is largely a man's world. But Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve's new leader, has been undeterred by such barriers since she was in high school in Brooklyn. Now global financial markets will be watching her every move.

Performers get ready before the start of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong on Jan. 31. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This Week's Must Read

Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Patty Chang Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals, and Lev Grossman reminds us that there is a Seussian storm comparable to the one that shut down Atlanta this week.

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