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Two states propose bills banning youth tackle football to prevent CTE

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Two bills were proposed in state legislatures this week that would ban tackle football in youth football organizations before the age of 12, citing concerns about the risks for long-term brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The bill proposed in Illinois is named the “Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE” after the former Chicago Bears […]

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Repetitive hits, not concussions, cause CTE

Repetitive hits, not concussions, cause CTE

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A newly released study by researchers at Boston University linked repetitive hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of CTE. The study found the link between head impact and TBI, independent of concussion. For the research team, the findings explained why approximately 20% of athletes with CTE were never diagnosed with a concussion.

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CTE may not require a history of concussion

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a permanent neurodegenerative brain disease brought on by repeated head trauma. Often, people interpret this to mean CTE is caused by concussions, however, a recent study shows concussions don’t necessarily have to be a part of the equation. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an […]

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Study finds link between CTE and Lou Gehrig’s disease

Study finds link between CTE and Lou Gehrig’s disease

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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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NFL stars answer whether they would take a CTE test

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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

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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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CTE confirmed in a living person for the first time

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For the first time in history, researchers say they have confirmed a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) diagnosis in a living person. The specific athlete highlighted in the study was unnamed, but since its publishing, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu has confirmed that he and colleagues have confirmed that former NFL player Fred McNeill was living […]

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Aaron Hernandez had severe form of CTE never seen in someone his age

Aaron Hernandez had severe form of CTE never seen in someone his age

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When researchers announced they had founds of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, they noted that he showed signs of severe damage to his brain. However, even they underestimated just how severe the situation was. Speaking at a medical conference Thursday, researchers at Boston University revealed that Hernandez […]

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Former NFL player says his team tried to silence him on CTE

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The NFL has been accused countless times of hiding downplaying or outright hiding the risk of brain injuries from its players, but one athlete says some in the league are also trying to keep word from getting out to the public. In a recent hearing with the Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy […]

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Boston Patriots Near Forgotten Heroes Live with CTE

Boston Patriots Near Forgotten Heroes Live with CTE

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The 1960’s and 1970’s football heroes are now old and aging. Some have passed away and a few have taken their own lives. Football in the 1960’s and 70’s allowed players to return to the game with concussions due to the lack of awareness of the long-term effects of multiple concussive injuries. It’s time that we take a look at these players and see how they’ve fared as they age.

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