Retired NFL Football Players show signs of CTE

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A study conducted by Dr. Gary Small and his colleagues from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA has shown that the early signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE can be detected early in the progression of the brain disease associated with multiple concussions. In the UCLA study, former NFL players who were older than 45 years of age and sustained at least one concussion and were experiencing cognitive and or mood problems were recruited. The study used a chemical marker called FDDNP which binds to the protein plaques and tangles associated with CTE and Alzheimer’s Disease. Individuals who had more concussions demonstrated higher plaque and tau tangles associated with CTE.

This study provides an opportunity for the earlier diagnosis of CTE and opportunities to prevent the tragedy of the disease that we have seen in several pro-football players over recent years.

Click here to read about the study:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uoc–usf011613.php

 

Taglines: CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, tau tangles, concussion, brain injury, Dr. Gary Small

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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