Study reveals elusive brain damage in retired NFL players, could lead to disease diagnosis before death

Study reveals elusive brain damage in retired NFL players, could lead to disease diagnosis before death

According to a report from Frontline , researchers at UCLA have made a groundbreaking discovery, diagnosing a brain disease in living patients — a disease that so far has only been verifiable by an autopsy. The disease, called Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy, is marked by the accumulation of a protein that causes degenerative brain damage. Frontline reports that UCLA used a proprietary brain-imaging tool to examine former Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, former back-up quarterback Wayne Clark, and three other unidentified players. Their brain scans revealed a buildup of the brain-damaging protein, which was “concentrated in areas that control memory, emotions, and other functions,” in a consistent pattern with those identified in… Continue reading…

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Study reveals elusive brain damage in retired NFL players, could lead to disease diagnosis before death

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