Researchers diagnose CTE in living ex-NFLers

CTE found in living ex-NFL players

Brain scans performed on five former NFL players revealed images of the protein that causes football-related brain damage—the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling disease in living players.

Researchers who conducted the pilot study at UCLA described the findings as a significant step toward being able to diagnose the disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

With such a small study, plenty more work will need to be done to ascertain whether CTE can be diagnosed reliably.

But it's an encouraging step, and that the NFL's concussion committee is chaired by a neurosurgeon instead of a freaking rheumatologist is pretty great, too. Gee, I wonder why that change occurred?

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