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July 26, 2017

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Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blow...

June 6, 2017

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A small study of NFL players suggests that the signs of CTE may be found with a low-cost, noninvasive test that tracks changes in conversational language years before symptoms appear.

April 13, 2016

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Excerpted from The New York Times | By John Branch

Photo Caption: Brandi Chastain after scoring the winning shootout goal in the 1999 World Cup final. She has agreed to donate her brain to researchers at Boston University. Credit: Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The retired soccer player Brandi Chastain remains best known for scoring the winning shootout g...

January 23, 2013

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by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada | PBS Frontline | January 22, 2013

(Credit: UCLA)

ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru are writing a book about football and brain injuries, to be published in 2013 by Crown Books, a division of Random House, and FRONTLINE is producing a documentary based on the reporters’ research. This article was produced as part of a collaboration with ESPN. L...

December 22, 2012

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By Ken Belson | The New York Times | December 3, 2012

The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits to the head, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Brain.

To which documentary filmmaker Steve James might say: “I told you so...

November 14, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico are comparing supercomputer simulations of blast waves on the brain with clinical studies of veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to help improve helmet designs.

Paul Taylor and John Ludwigsen of Sandia’s Terminal Ballistics Technology Department and Corey Ford, a neurologist at...

September 24, 2012

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By Zorianna Kit | Reuters

LOS ANGELES — When a concussion forced WWE’s Christopher Nowinski to retire in 2004, the professional wrestler and former Harvard football player wanted to understand his condition better and set out to raise awareness for sports head trauma. The result was his 2006 book “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis” and a new career as a concussion activist....

April 28, 2012

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By Vera H-C Chan | Yahoo News

Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience

In the past 20 years, neuroscience, buoyed by advances in imaging technology—namely, functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI—has been giving us a cranial roadmap into our behavior, extreme and otherwise. As the technology keeps improving at a dramatic pace, so can the development of treatments for diseases, some of which coul...

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