Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 201212/03/12
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More Proof of Link Between Head Injury, Brain Disease: Study
A new study provides further proof of a link between head injury
and long-term, degenerative brain disease.
Researchers analyzed brain samples from 85 athletes, military
veterans and others who suffered repeated head trauma during their
lives. Eighty percent (68) of them had evidence of chronic
traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive and incurable brain
disorder that includes symptoms such as memory loss, depression and
The New York Timesreported.
Among those found to have CTE were 50 were football players,
including 33 who played in the NFL. There were also seven pro
boxers, four professional hockey players, and 21 military veterans,
many of whom were also athletes, according to the study in the
The four-year study was conducted by investigators at the Boston
University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in collaboration with
the Sports Legacy Institute,
The study more than doubled the documented cases of CTE and the
researchers also created a four-tiered system to classify degrees
of CTE in the hope that it will help doctors treat patients.
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