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'Miracle on Ice' Player Found Unfit to Stand Trial

Mark Pavelich's family blames NHL head injuries

(Newser) - Mark Pavelich, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US hockey team, attacked a neighbor after a fishing trip in August, authorities say—but he will not be standing trial for the assault any time soon. At a court hearing in Minnesota on Monday, Judge Michael Cuzzo suspended... More »

Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien... More »

He Made His Living as an NHL Fighter. Now, the Lawsuit

Widow of Todd Ewen sues league, says CTE led to her husband's suicide

(Newser) - Todd Ewen was the classic NHL "enforcer" during his 11 seasons in the league. Translation: He "fought in almost every one of his games," writes Nicolas Pollock in the Atlantic . The sad footnote: Ewen committed suicide in 2015 at age 49. His widow, Kelli, blames the NHL,... More »

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

The 'NYT' looks at the life and death of Jason Hairston

(Newser) - Kirstyn Hairston thought her husband might take his own life. But she didn't expect it would come so soon, or that he would do it in their home as the kids were downstairs. "But would you want to live if you knew you were losing your mind?" she... More »

Washington State QB Had Brain Damage at Time of Suicide

Tyler Hilinski's parents say he had signs of CTE when he died

(Newser) - The family of the Washington State football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that's been linked to concussions from playing the sport, the AP reports. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide... More »

He Went From the NFL to Prison. The Question Is, Why?

The LAT looks at the downfall of Titus Young

(Newser) - "I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it's to dominate the NFL." So wrote Titus Young—from an LA prison. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times , Nathan Fenno tracks the former Detroit Lions wide receiver's unraveling, poking at—... More »

CTE Can Develop in Those Who've Never Had a Concussion

A single hit to the head can initiate changes in the brain, scientists say

(Newser) - When a person has a concussion, headaches, memory impairment, and loss of balance usually make the injury obvious. But there are "many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt" without much attention, CTE researcher Lee Goldstein tells NPR . His latest study puts a spotlight on them, providing... More »

First CTE Diagnosis in Living Patient Confirmed

Fred McNeill's brain showed clumps of tau proteins before 2015 death

(Newser) - In a potentially groundbreaking first, doctors say they detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head injuries, in a living patient. Just weeks after Boston University researchers announced CCL11 proteins in the brain could indicate CTE in living patients, researchers in Chicago say they identified CTE... More »

Aaron Hernandez's CTE Was Most Severe Ever Found at 27

Expert discusses findings from NFL player's brain

(Newser) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control, and behavior, a researcher who studied his brain said Thursday. Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said she could not "... More »

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 »

111 Dead NFL Players' Brains Were Studied; 110 Had CTE

But report based on a sample of players who might not represent all players

(Newser) - Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college, and even high school. It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE , a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. CTE was diagnosed in 177... 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 »

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