chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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CTE 'Breakthrough' Could Help Diagnosis—in Living Patients

Discovery of a protein in those afflicted could lead to a treatment for the brain disease

(Newser) - There is finally a "ray of hope" that one day CTE , the mysterious brain disease ravaging the NFL, may be treated. Boston University researchers have found a biomarker for chronic traumatic encephalopathy that can be detected while a patient is still alive, reports the Washington Post . Previously, CTE could... More »

NFL Is in for a Firestorm Over Hernandez's Severe CTE

It can no longer ignore football's link: columnist

(Newser) - More than 100 former NFL players have been found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated knocks to the head. One might think, then, that Aaron Hernandez's case of CTE is just another one. Not so. Hernandez's diagnosis "will shake the... More »

Aaron Hernandez Had CTE

Brain exam finds he had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy

(Newser) - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was suffering from "severe" CTE when he killed himself, according to a postmortem brain exam conducted at Boston University, Sports Illustrated reports. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated blows to the head and frequently affects football players and other athletes, can only... More »

Language May Be Early Clue About Athletes' Problems

Researchers put NFL players through linguistic tests

(Newser) - With head injuries a growing concern within football and other contact sports, researchers believe they may have found a way to test for CTE before a patient is dead, the New York Times reports. Researchers put 10,000 interviews given by NFL players, coaches, and executives over eight years through... More »

The Real Cause of Hemingway's Decline? Concussions: Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist argues the great writer was suffering from CTE

(Newser) - In 1936, Ernest Hemingway told a friend he'd never kill himself, the Charlotte Observer reports. The great author was dead by his own hand 25 years later. According to Smithsonian , Hemingway scholars have long blamed the writer's decade-long decline and eventual suicide on some combination of alcoholism and... More »

The Dead Man Had CTE, but Not the History You'd Expect

No history or brain injury, contact sports

(Newser) - Think CTE only affects people who've suffered brain injuries? So did scientists—until one man turned their research upside down. For the first time, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disorder previously found only in people who suffered head injuries, has been found in a patient with no such history,... More »

How Sports Destroyed a Young Man's Brain

'We raised our son to be a strong man...maybe that was his downfall'

(Newser) - The New York Times has a heartbreaking look at Ohio State wrestler and football player Kosta Karageorge, who killed himself in 2014 after a lifetime of sports-induced anxiety and concussions. Karageorge lived his life to be "manly." He started playing contact sports at 10 and pushed himself to... More »

BMX Star Dave Mirra Had CTE

Mirra killed himself in February after a concussion-filled sports career

(Newser) - Dave Mirra, the legendary BMX star who killed himself in February, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy—a disease more commonly seen in football players and boxers, ESPN reports. He's believed to be the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with it. "The key is brain injury," says... More »

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Player-turned-actor was one stage away from full-blown dementia: researchers

(Newser) - Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough... More »

Chyna's Brain to Be Screened for CTE

'We want to know what made Chyna tick,' says manager

(Newser) - Chyna's brain will be donated to science following her death last week , reports NBC4 Los Angeles . The former wrestler's manager says her brain will be screened for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to repeated knocks to the head. Anthony Anzaldo tells the New York Daily News... More »

NFLers Worry About '100% Injury Rate,' Teams Using Them

AP: Many think their organizations don't give best care, have interests at heart

(Newser) - As the NFL victims of brain damage get more prominent and younger and younger , the AP sent reporters into all 32 locker rooms in the league to take the temperature of 100 current players themselves. What those reporters encountered: An acute awareness of the risk of injury—though some players... More »

Concussion Doc Thinks OJ Has CTE

Dr. Bennet Omalu 'would bet my medical license on it'

(Newser) - Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who first identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy, says he "would bet my medical license" that OJ Simpson has CTE. The degenerative brain disease, likely caused by repeated blows to the head, often afflicts football players, but cannot be identified until after death. It can cause... More »

Ex-NFL Player Who Died at 27 Had Advanced CTE

Tyler Sash was at stage of disease rarely seen in someone so young

(Newser) - An ex-New York Giants player who died at the age of 27 in September after accidentally ODing on pain meds suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—and was at an advanced stage of the brain disease rarely seen in someone so young, the New York Times reports. Dr. Ann McKee, the... More »

Brain Trauma Found in 25-Year-Old Football Player

Michael Keck, now deceased, suffered his first football concussion at age 8

(Newser) - Before he died of a heart condition at age 25, Michael Keck told his wife that he wanted to donate his brain to Boston University. The former football player thought he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), NBC News reports, the degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated blows to the head... More »

We Need to Ban Kids From Playing Football: CTE Doc

So says Bennet Omalu, who identified CTE

(Newser) - It's time that we banned our children from playing football, just as we already protect them from other things we know to be harmful. That's the word from Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE , a disease known to affect football players... More »

Former NFL QB Erik Kramer Attempts Suicide

Ex-wife blames attempt on 'brain injury'

(Newser) - Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer was wounded on Tuesday night after shooting himself in an LA-area motel room, NBC News reports, in what Los Angles County sheriff's deputies and Kramer's ex-wife are characterizing as a suicide attempt. Kramer, 50, was discovered with a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to... More »

Devastated Dad Mourns Son Lost to 'Safer' Sport

Curtis Baushke knew he suffered brain damage—from soccer, dad says

(Newser) - When Curtis Baushke was in elementary school, he played both baseball and soccer, but he eventually narrowed it down to just soccer, partly because "he wanted to play a safe sport" after being hit by a few baseball pitches, his dad tells the New York Times . But Curtis, talented... More »

NFL Rookie Retiring Over Brain Injury Fears

SF 49er Chris Borland, 24, is leaving the NFL to avoid head trauma

(Newser) - It's a move that Dan Diamond, writing for Forbes , frames as what could be "the beginning of the beginning of the end … for the NFL's reign as the nation's most popular sport." San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland yesterday told ESPN's Outside ... More »

First MLB Player Diagnosed With Brain Disease

Ryan Freel had Stage 2 CTE, researchers say

(Newser) - So hockey and football players aren't the only ones endangering their brains. Professional baseball player Ryan Freel also had CTE and may have killed himself over it last year, CNN reports. "The real important issue is that he hit his head multiple times—small hits, big hits, in... More »

Dead Hockey Enforcer's Family Sues NHL

Lawsuit blames league for Derek Boogaard's death

(Newser) - The NHL has been hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit from the family of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died two years ago this week from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. After his death, the 28-year-old was found to have suffered brain damage from a disease... More »

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