Study finds link between CTE and Lou Gehrig’s disease

Study finds link between CTE and Lou Gehrig’s disease

Until the telltale signs of tau protein buildup in the brain were discovered a few years ago, chronic traumatic encephalopathy was confused with several degenerative brain conditions, like Alzheimer’s and ALS (better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Now, researchers at Western University say in the latest issue of the journal Neurology that they’ve discovered that […]

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Blake Griffin inadvertently reveals the NBA takes concussions more seriously than the NFL

Last weekend, the NBA saw a dramatic brain injury in a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. As Blake Griffin was driving towards the goal during the first quarter, he was elbowed in the forehead. The hit immediately made Griffin fall to the floor and grab his head before his […]

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Brett Favre explores concussions in football with a new documentary

Throughout his nearly 20 years in the NFL, Brett Favre suffered a number of injuries. However, few of those injuries have had anywhere near the lasting impact of Favre’s concussions. He can’t even guess exactly how many brain injuries he had before his career-ending concussion in 2010. Now, Favre is exploring his own history with […]

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CTE in veterans shows the military has it’s own “concussion crisis” [Video]

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a dangerous neurodegenerative disease linked with repeated concussions or brain trauma. It causes severe depression, memory loss, behavioral issues, and problems with extreme anger. Chances are you’ve heard of it being found in an increasing number of former football players. CTE has become almost exclusively linked to football, though it […]

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David Irving’s concussion reveals brain injury treatment issues for more than the NFL

When Dallas Cowboy’s pass rusher David Irving experienced a concussion earlier this year, he probably didn’t expect to become a standout case for how brain injuries are mismanaged in both football and the larger medical community. But, after hiding his symptoms and getting into a car wreck shortly afterward, he has become just that. Irving […]

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Motorcycle drivers and passengers face high risk for TBI – helmet or no helmet

Motorcycle riders and their passengers face a uniquely high risk for traumatic brain injuries, especially if they neglect to put on a helmet. This might seem like common sense, but a new U.S. study shows a large number of riders still go helmetless – especially when it comes to passengers. The new study, published in […]

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NFL announces sudden changes to the league’s concussion protocol

In light of growing criticism of the league’s handling of concussions on the field this year, the NFL has made some last-minute changes to its concussion protocol – including placing a central unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant (UNC) in the league’s “command center” for all games. The new rules and changes were quietly approved December 11th by […]

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Female soccer players show more brain damage than male players

Female soccer players show more brain damage than male players

When it comes to concussions, it is starting to look like women may have it a lot worse off than men. Research has suggested women may be more susceptible to brain injuries, and could take longer to recover. Now, an unpublished study presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., indicates that […]

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NFL stars answer whether they would take a CTE test

For NFL players, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) represents an existential threat. They know researchers are hard at work developing a test to identify CTE in living people, and they know there is a good chance a large number of them are living with the debilitating brain disease. So, what happens when that test finally becomes […]

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Bostonian of the Year: Ann McKee CTE Researcher

Bostonian of the Year: Ann McKee CTE Researcher

Recently McKee’s published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that of 202 brains of former football players, 177 had CTE. Dr. McKee also served as the pathologist for the study of Aaron Hernandez’s brain. Hernandez, the former Patriot, was a convicted murderer serving a life sentence for killing his friend. Hernandez ended his life six months into his sentence. The autopsy revealed that Hernandez had advanced CTE.

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