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Large case series documents chronic brain damage in players of American football

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 25 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3602
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of brain damage associated with repetitive head trauma, was common in players of American football whose brains had been donated to a brain bank dedicated to the study of the condition, a new study has found.1

In the study Ann C McKee, from the Boston University CTE Center and VA Boston Healthcare Systems, and colleagues examined the brains of 202 football players for neuropathological signs of CTE and other neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

They also gathered information about possible clinical signs …

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