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Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

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After listening to several former NFL players testify about the effects and risks of traumatic brain injury, one member of the House of Representatives says he will donate his brain for concussion research. Rep. David Cicilline from Rhode Island, who used to play football earlier in his life, says he has pledged to donate his […]

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CTE took her dad’s life, but this mom says she can’t stop her son from playing football

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Every year, parents across the country have to make a hard decision: “do I let my child play football?” It wasn’t such a difficult decision not all that long ago, but the increasing evidence tying repeated concussions to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has made the issue much more complicated. For Samantha Buono, the choice was […]

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Canadian bull rider becomes first rodeo star to be diagnosed with CTE

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A rising professional athlete in a dangerous sport suddenly takes his life. When doctors examine his brain in an autopsy, they notice the tell-tale signs of the notorious degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The story is common in the world of football. However, in this case, I’m describing young Canadian bull rider Ty […]

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CTE experts say breakthrough findings may help diagnose the disease in living athletes

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Since its discovery over a decade ago, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been a sort of boogeyman to both the worlds of professional sports (most notably football) and medical research. The permanent degenerative brain disease was known to silently fester in the brains of people affected by repeated head trauma while gradually causing debilitating and […]

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Did CTE drive Aaron Hernandez to murder?

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From the start of his 2013 trial for murder to his death by suicide earlier this year, one question has loomed silently in the background of Aaron Hernandez’s troubled life: were brain injuries to blame for his increasingly violent and erratic behavior? His early life was relatively calm. While Hernandez was a widely-liked and respected […]

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Surprise – Professional fighters show signs of brain injury and CTE

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Before football’s “concussions crisis”, brain injuries were associated with a different violent sport – fighting. The effect of repeated blows to the head during boxing or other forms of fighting was well-recognized as “boxer’s dementia pugilistica,” even before CTE was ever discovered in an autopsy. However, the recent focus on football – America’s most popular […]

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NFL and NIH end agreement to fund brain injury research

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Nearly five years ago, the NFL responded to intense scrutiny over its handling of concussions and high-profile suicides like that of linebacker Junior Seau by publicly committing to donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health for brain research. At the time, it helped to quell strong criticism and give the NFL the chance […]

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David Bruton Jr. retires from the NFL because of concussion concerns

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While the biggest TBI related news of the day is undeniably the report finding CTE in the brains of 110 of 111 former football players, there is other news coming from within the NFL that suggests living football players may be changing how they think about brain injuries. After eight years in the NFL, safety […]

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110 NFL Brains with CTE

110 NFL Brains with CTE

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The results of a study by Dr. Ann McKee into the brains of deceased NFL football players was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. McKee studied the brains of 202 deceased football players of which 111 played in the NFL and 110 showed signs of CTE.

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Listening for CTE: a preliminary study

Listening for CTE: a preliminary study

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Researchers at Arizona State University have conducted a study using language to indicate changes to brain caused by conditions like CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). In this study, researchers found greater language changes in players as compared to the executives and coaches.

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