Football and brain diseases being tied to one another have been largely discussed and debated for quite a while. According to a study published today by in the medical journal JAMA,the latest update connecting the two has been released and studies show that CDE was found in 99% of deceased football players brains.
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What is CDE? CDE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is a neurodegenerative brain disease that can be found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma. CDE is is caused by a buildup of abnormal tau protein in the brain that disables the neuropathways and lead to a variety of clinical symptoms including memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety, impulse control issues and sometimes suicidal behavior.
According to Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center and coauthor of the study, “there’s no question that there’s a problem in football. That people who play football are at risk for this disease and we urgently need to find answers for not just football players, but veterans and other individuals exposed to head trauma.”
The NFL first admitted to the correlation of CDE and retired football players in 2016 by pledging to support CDE research, “In 2016, the NFL pledged $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience related topics. This is in addition to the $100 million that the NFL and its partners are already spending on medical and neuroscience research.”
As studies continue, more and more studies linking CDE and football have come to light. It’s good to know that scientist and affected players have the full support of the NFL.
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