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VOA Wednesday July 26, 2017
Study: Brain Disease Found in Nearly All Deceased US Football Players
Tests on deceased former professional American football players showed nearly all of them had a chronic traumatic brain disease, according to scientific research published Tuesday in the JAMA medical journal. The disease, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is believed to be caused by repeated head trauma and has been known to cause memory loss, disorientation, depression and impaired judgment, among other symptoms. Of the 202 total deceased former players studied for the report, which included high school, college and professional players, 177 were diagnosed with CTE. National Football League players seemed particularly prone to CTE, with 110 of the 111 former NFL players examined in the study being diagnosed with the disease. 'There's no question that there's a problem in football. That people who play football are at risk for this disease,' study author and director of Boston University's CTE Center Dr. Ann McKee said. 'And we urgently need to find answers for not just football players, but veterans and other individuals exposed to head trauma.'- Read more
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