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Scientists Spot Marker for CTE in Living Football Players

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers. Until now, it has only been possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after death. Scientists in Boston studied the brains of 23 former college and professional football players, 50 ...

Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players' Brains

Posted 10 Sep 2017 by

SUNDAY, Sept. 10, 2017 – Football remains America's favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they're concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey. Among 1,000 Americans questioned, 77 percent of those who follow pro football believe head injuries for players pose a major problem for the sport. Fifteen percent said it is a minor problem, while 6 ...

More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact. "There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sport. However, most of the research has focused on retired ...

NHL Veterans Pledge Their Brains to Research

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Several former National Hockey League players have joined the growing number of pro athletes who have pledged their brains to research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a devastating brain disease that has been linked to repetitive head trauma. The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that four former professional hockey players plan to donate their brains ...

Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – For the first time, researchers have confirmed evidence of the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired soccer players. Investigators in the United Kingdom examined the brains of six former soccer players with dementia who had died. All six had signs of Alzheimer's disease and four also had signs of CTE, the degenerative brain ...

30 Former NFL Players Pledge Their Brains for Research

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Thirty former NFL players have joined the growing number of retired players who have pledged to donate their brains to research on a devastating brain disease that has been linked to the repetitive head trauma. Scientists believe that multiple concussions, or even less severe blows to the head, may trigger chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain ...

More Years Playing Football, Greater Risk of Brain Disease: Study

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Researchers say they can show that brain inflammation from football head trauma may lead to the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the devastating degenerative brain disease. And the longer someone plays contact sports, the greater the odds for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the study authors concluded. "This study provides evidence that playing ...

Football Great Frank Gifford Had Brain Disease

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – The family of National Football League Hall of Famer Frank Gifford announced Wednesday that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) prior to his death. CTE, which is linked to repeat head trauma and has been detected in many ex-NFL players in recent years, can only be diagnosed after death. "While Frank passed away from natural causes this past August at the age ...

Spotting Cause of Newborn Brain Injury Could Aid Prevention, Report Says

Posted 3 Apr 2014 by

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 – Identifying the cause of brain injury among newborns could help doctors develop new prevention strategies, according to a joint report from two leading groups of U.S. obstetricians and pediatricians. The updated guidelines on neonatal encephalopathy (the term for newborn brain disorder or injury) – released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and ...

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