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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host11/23/09 7:11 AM 
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NFL to have teams work with neurologists

AP – Sun Nov 22, 5:17 pm ET  

NEW YORK - NFL teams will soon be working with independent neurologists on concussion issues.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/22/11 9:18 PM 
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Former Pro Football Players Sue NFL Over Head Injuries

Fulton County Daily Report

Four former NFL players are suing the league in federal court, asserting it ignored years of evidence that repeated blows to the head were causing permanent brain damage, and used "hand-picked" doctors to misrepresent or cover up concussion-related hazards. The suits are the first of about 30 that will be filed.

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     In a related story, the four reported an odd post injury increased desire to root for Washington...

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/23/11 8:58 PM 
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More Former Players Sue League Over Concussions

New York Times
Nearly two dozen former NFL players are suing the league over severe and permanent brain damage they say is linked to concussions on the job.
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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/7/13 6:42 PM 
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NFL retirees more likely to have depression and cognitive problems, brain study ...

CBS News
A new study of NFL players adds to the evidence that repeated head blows absorbed during a football career could lead to changes in the brain that affect the athletes' behavior.
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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/9/13 9:02 PM 
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NFL Brain Injuries Make Depression More Likely, Study Suggests

(Bloomberg, January 8, 2013)
"In a study of 34 retired NFL players, about 25 percent suffered with clinical depression, higher than the 15 percent seen in the general population. The research...also found physical abnormalities in the brains of some the athletes in medical scans. This is the first research in former players to connect the mental deficits with changes in brain structure. Evidence has been mounting that repeated concussions harm brains, and a group of former players is suing the NFL seeking damages from the long-term effects of brain injuries suffered on the field."

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/10/13 10:51 PM 
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Junior Seau had brain disease, study finds

Former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May two years after finishing an NFL career that lasted two decades, suffered from chronic brain damage, a study by the National Institutes of Health has concluded.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/24/13 10:10 PM 
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Scan May Detect Signs of NFL Players' Brain Disease

(, January 23, 2013)
"Using a scan called positron emission tomography, or PET...researchers injected the [former professional football] players with a radioactive marker that travels through the body, crosses the blood-brain barrier and latches on to tau [microscopic protein]...What has stymied researchers for years is that tau can only be uncovered after death...But the study is tiny, and poses looming questions...When tau lodges [deep] into...brain causes major disruptions to those areas. That disruption may be related to depression, memory problems and suicidal behavior common in cases of CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] studied thus far."

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/24/13 10:11 PM 
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Football Helmet Joins Fight vs. Head Injuries

(The Boston Globe, January 21, 2013)
"Debilitating concussions have become a dominant topic in more evidence emerges of the long-term damage athletes suffer from vicious or repeated hits to the head...[with the potential to lead to] chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease linked to head trauma...Among [U.S.] student athletes...173,300 youths a year seek emergency-room treatment for concussions or similar injuries from sports or recreational activities...[however,] Boston University neurologist, Dr. Robert Cantu, a nationally recognized expert on traumatic brain injuries, said there is no evidence that any one helmet is better at preventing concussions."

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/7/13 8:08 AM 
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Even Mild Hits to Head Disrupt Blood-Brain Barrier 

  Medpage Today
Football players who experienced repeated mild hits to the head, even without receiving a true concussion, showed evidence of disruption of the blood-brain barrier and an autoimmune response in the brain, researchers found. full story


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