New Study Finds Brain Damage in Living Ex-NFL Players | Concussion Watch.

January 26, 2013 - 9:57am

By FrontlineBrain 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.

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