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By On November 17th, 2017

CTE confirmed in a living person for the first time

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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By On September 27th, 2017

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

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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By On June 2nd, 2016

Late BMX Star Dave Mirra Diagnosed With CTE Following Autopsy

A Toronto-based neuropathologist recently confirmed that an autopsy of BMX star Dave Mirra’s brain found signs of the neurodegenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a report from USA TODAY sports. In February, Mirra committed suicide at the age of 41 in a way eerily similar to that of NFL stars with CTE like…

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By On April 8th, 2015

PET scan study may allow earlier recognition of CTE

CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is usually confirmed after the death of an individual by autopsy. Recently PET scans have been used for the earlier detection of Tau plaques in specific areas of the brain which will support intervention for the cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms which characterize CTE. People who experience multiple concussions like…

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By On April 6th, 2015

PET Scans Show Promise at Detecting CTE in the Living

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative brain disease liked to repeated brain injuries, especially in sports. Currently the only way the disease can be diagnosed is through an autopsy examination, but a new study may have found a way to identify the brain disease in living people. The small study, presented in a paper…

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By On September 16th, 2014

An Experimental Compound May Help Doctors Differentiate CTE From Alzheimer’s

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative brain disease associated with repeat traumatic brain injuries, is currently only able to be diagnosed post-mortem, but a new method of neuroimaging may be able to identify it in living people. A case study conducted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Molecular Neuroimaging (MNI) LLC…

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