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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:45 PM

Concussion-related brain disease found in living athletes, study finds

Source: Toronto Star

A new study has offered the first evidence CTE, a concussion-related brain disease, can be identified in living athletes, a discovery experts say could shake up the way professional sports treats concussions and head trauma in players.

Currently, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is diagnosed only after death, using an autopsy. The new findings are a step toward identifying the disease while players are still alive. “It suggests we’re on the right track,” UCLA neuroscientist Gary Small, an Alzheimer’s specialist and lead author on the study, said in an interview.

“We have an approach or a strategy to detect the problem early so we can develop treatments before there’s extensive damage.”

In the study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, UCLA researchers injected a biomarker into five retired NFL players ages 45 to 73 with a history of CTE symptoms, as well as a control group of healthy adults. They then ran all the participants through a brain scan to look for tau proteins, an indicator of CTE, locating significant amounts in the retired players’ brains.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/1318488--concussion-related-brain-disease-found-in-living-athletes-study-finds

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:49 PM

1. These same proteins are found in Alzheimer patients as well

need a much bigger sample, but I am glad people are looking into the issue.

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Response to benld74 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:39 PM

8. I've read elsewhere that while the same type of damage is seen,

it is seen in different areas of the brain. That's even more intriguing, I think.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:54 PM

2. All head injuries are really bad

and you don't want to get them. American football should be voluntarily dropped. Same as boxing. Way too dangerous in the long haul.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:31 PM

3. Especially it should not be a sport played by kids! nt

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:36 PM

4. I've lost count of the concussions I have suffered

and I have had two skull fractures.

I never played a sport.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:41 PM

5. And lots of people get cancer even though they haven't smoked.

That doesn't mean it's a good idea to smoke.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:17 PM

6. I'm Stretching to Find Your Point. Maybe I'm Just Dumb or Obtuse. That's a Valid Conclusion.

Help me out here. What are you trying to say?

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Response to dballance (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:59 PM

9. What point were you trying to make? You're a klutz?

 

You're 7 feet tall in a world of 6'8" doors? You eschew safety gear? You're wife favours cast iron over aluminium?

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Response to dballance (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:37 PM

11. I thought you were implying something

and it seems I was wrong.

Sorry you've had all those concussions -- it sounds pretty unusual to have had so many. Were you in active combat, or some other dangerous job?

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:17 PM

13. Get rid of soccer then, too

concussionstoo concussions are a big problem in that sport.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:37 PM

7. This is very big news. Ability to diagnose CTE in vivo has been an elusive goal for a long time.

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:44 PM

10. I hope this will be of use for wounded Veterans

The Military and VA have been quick to dismiss the thousands of Men and Women who have suffered from Brain injuries.

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Response to formercia (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:37 PM

12. That was my first thought, too. n/t

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Response to formercia (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:00 AM

14. This will be, along with Depleted Uranium exposure, the next "agent orange" type

problem about 20 years from now.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:51 PM

15. There's an easy way to eliminate these problems

Not start Wars

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Response to formercia (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:52 PM

16. No one ever wants to take the easy way out. ;)

Cheers.

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