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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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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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