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Researchers Find Brain Disease in 96% of Deceased NFL Players

'Where I sit, this is a very real disease'

(Newser) - CTE—a degenerative brain disease—was found in 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players, further strengthening the connection between football and serious brain problems later in life, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced today. Sports Illustrated reports researchers found CTE—which causes depression, dementia,... More »

Bomb Blasts May Be Aging Soldiers' Brains

Even if they were far from the blasts

(Newser) - American soldiers exposed to bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering early brain degeneration and aging—even if they were far from detonation, USA Today reports. In all, 256 veterans and service members between the ages of 19 and 62 were analyzed in a study published today in Brain:... 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 »

Girl Run Over While Sunbathing in Driveway Dies

Her sister didn't see her when she opened the garage door and backed up

(Newser) - Marli Hamblin was simply and tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 15-year-old laid out on a blanket in her family's driveway in Syracuse, Utah, to sunbathe Friday, listening to her iPod through headphones, when her older sister, who did not know she was there, opened... More »

Inflatable Sumo Suit Led to Brain Injury for Girl, 15: Suit

She hit her head 3 times and has never been the same, mom says

(Newser) - Celaida Lissabet, 15, was participating in what was supposed to be a fun event at her Miami-area charter school last October, wrestling with a classmate while wearing an inflatable sumo suit during "Spirit Day"—but things went terribly awry, leaving the girl with severe brain damage, according to... More »

Doctor: Clinton Shows No Sign of Brain Injury

Even Gingrich pounces on Karl Rove's comments

(Newser) - After Karl Rove hinted Hillary Clinton had brain damage —then denied doing so —a top neurologist in the capital has weighed in to say many people who suffer blood clots like the one Clinton had after a fall in 2012 have gone on to have a "fabulous... More »

Rove: 'Of Course' Hillary Doesn't Have Brain Damage

But he still wants more information on her 'serious' fall

(Newser) - Karl Rove insists he never said Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage, despite a headline to that effect today in the New York Post. "Of course she doesn't have brain damage," Rove tells the Washington Post , one of several interviews in which he was distancing himself... More »

Rutgers Cans QB After Fight Leaves Man Clinging to Life

School kicks him off the team

(Newser) - Rutgers has kicked quarterback Philip Nelson off the team, its head coach announced today , in the wake of a fight that left former Minnesota State linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with brain damage. The fight occurred outside a bar at around 2am Sunday in Mankato, Minn. Witnesses say Nelson,... More »

Knut's Killer: Brain Disease

Viral encephalitis pinpointed in 'exhaustive' review

(Newser) - An exhaustive look into the cause of death of beloved polar bear Knut , almost three years after his death, has confirmed that a viral form of encephalitis, or a brain-inflammation disease, led to his seizures and eventual drowning . "But as there were no signs of disease beforehand there was... More »

All-Nighters May Cause Brain Damage

Maybe get that studying done early

(Newser) - Another reason not to leave homework to the last minute: Pulling an all-nighter may cause brain damage, a study suggests. Researchers in Sweden studied 15 healthy men who were allowed one night of eight-hour sleep and one night of none at all, the National Monitor reports.The subjects provided blood... More »

Soccer Ref in Coma After Being Punched by Teen

Ricardo Portillo had just called a foul

(Newser) - A soccer referee in Utah is in a coma after being punched by a teenager during a weekend game. Police say a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo on Saturday after Portillo called a foul and issued him a yellow card. Portillo remains in critical... More »

Inside the Fight for Junior Seau's Brain

How the NFL directed Seau's brain to the NIH

(Newser) - An in-depth report from Frontline and ESPN's Outside the Lines describes the fight for Junior Seau's brain following his suicide last year—a fight that ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who are working on a book and documentary about brain injuries in football, call "a... More »

New Gulf War Syndrome Discovery Is 'Huge'

Findings will allow doctors to quickly arrive at a diagnosis

(Newser) - Scientists now know that Gulf War Syndrome is more than just a psychological condition—it's actually tied to brain damage . But for the first time, they have zeroed in on physical proof that this is the case. The Georgetown researchers used fMRI machines on 31 Gulf War vets and... More »

Junior Seau Had Brain Disease CTE

Doctors find NFL great's brain had signs of 'repetitive head injury'

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told the AP today. Results of an NIH study of Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NIH conducted a study of three unidentified brains,... More »

CTE Rampant Among Those With Frequent Head Trauma

Research points to long-term brain damage

(Newser) - Concern is growing over a link between repeated hits to the head and brain disease—and a new study adds fuel to the fire. Researchers studied donated brain samples from 85 deceased people who'd experienced frequent, mild episodes of traumatic brain injury, and found signs of a certain brain... More »

Soccer 'Heading' May Harm Brain

New study finds injuries in players who've never had a concussion

(Newser) - First football came under fire for harming players' brains; now soccer could be in for the same treatment. A new study finds that soccer players who repeatedly engage in "heading," hitting the ball with their heads, may suffer brain damage even if they never get a concussion. Researchers... More »

NFL Players' Alzheimer's Risk Skyrockets

Or at least it looks that way; it might be CTE

(Newser) - This is going to shock you, but it turns out that repeatedly bashing your head playing football makes you more likely to develop mental problems—a lot more. Ex-NFL players are four times as likely to die of Alzheimer's or ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) as other men their... More »

Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage

Brain injuries associated with other players' early deaths

(Newser) - Doctors will inspect Junior Seau's brain for any evidence of injury from his football days, following an agreement with his family. Several early deaths among football players have pointed to brain injury, the Los Angeles Times notes. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they... More »

KFC Ordered to Pay $8.3M to Poisoned Girl

Monika Samaan got salmonella after meal

(Newser) - A judge has ordered KFC to pay an Australian family $8.3 million after their daughter was poisoned and suffered brain damage after eating at the fast-food chain. Her lawyer says Monika Samaan contracted salmonella in 2005 after eating a Twister chicken wrap and fell into a six-month coma; she... More »

Brain of Dead Hockey Player Was 'Going Bad'

Derek Boogard likely faced early dementia

(Newser) - Hockey enforcer Derek Boogard died of a drug and alcohol overdose at age 28—but his future likely wouldn't have been too bright had he lived, because he probably faced midlife dementia. In the last of a three-part series on Boogard, the New York Times reveals that the multi-millionaire... More »

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