Chyna’s brain to be studied for CTE

Chyna and wrestler Triple H pose for a photo in 1999.Chyna’s brain will be studied by Bennet Omalu,MD according to a spokesperson, Anthony Anzalo. Chyna, or Joan Lauer, was known for her role as one of the first women in professional wresting and later as an actor and entertainer. She is believed to have experienced many concussions in the wresting ring which contributed to her health problems. Dr. Omalu is  the neuropathologist who first identified the concussion-based changes in brain of the retired Pittsburgh Steeler, Mike Webster and went on to recognize the disease in the brains of other deceased footballers and challenge the NFL’s position on football risks. Dr. Omalu identified the collection of Tau protein deposits as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Other retired pro-footballers have also been identified at having CTE and the possibility of the condition is suspected in other sports, including NASCAR and recently in women’s soccer. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a NASCAR champion, has disclosed that he will donate his brain for study upon his death.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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