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By On January 19th, 2018

CTE may not require a history of concussion

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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By On January 16th, 2018

Study finds link between CTE and Lou Gehrig’s disease

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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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 December 13th, 2017

Bostonian of the Year: Ann McKee CTE Researcher

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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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 November 10th, 2017

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

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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By On October 30th, 2017

Boston Patriots Near Forgotten Heroes Live with CTE

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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By On October 16th, 2017

Lawmaker pledges to donate his brain for TBI research

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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