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By On March 26th, 2019

Distinct “fold” may help tell CTE from Alzheimer’s disease in living people

One of the biggest hurdles in identifying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living people has always been distinguishing the condition from Alzheimer’s disease. Both conditions are characterized by large numbers of tangled tau proteins or plaques which are seemingly indistinguishable between CTE and Alzheimer’s. However, a new breakthrough may have uncovered a subtle difference which…

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By On December 15th, 2017

NFL stars answer whether they would take a CTE test

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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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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