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Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma And Brain Damage

Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma And Brain Damage
12/3/2012 2:25 PM ET

Once again repeated blows to the head have been linked to long-term brain damage. Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy conducted an extensive study exploring the connection (December 3).

The researchers examined the brains of 85 football players, boxers and military veterans. Among those studied, 80% of the subjects showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

"The sheer size of our study should make any doubters no longer doubt" that CTE is a real condition caused by repeat head injuries, said study co-author Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and co-director of the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy told the Boston Globe.

Cantu added that the incidence rate was the source of the undeniable link: "Sixty-eight cases more than doubles all the other cases in the world's literature to date. So the sheer volume of it should put to rest any doubt about the entity."

CTE is a degenerative brain disorder linked to memory loss, depression and dementia.

by RTT Staff Writer

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