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New scan reveals proof of brain damage in living, retired NFL players

Concern has recently been on the rise for young athletes – especially football players – as increasingly compelling evidence points to the potential long-term health dangers of playing contact sports.More and more, researchers have speculated a connection between sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries with the development of degenerative brain diseases later in life – most notably chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and even Alzheimer’s disease.Even with more than 1,600 players in the National Football League (NFL) and countless more involved in contact sports worldwide, the only way to confirm a connection between repetitive brain injury and these debilitating brain conditions is through an autopsy.  But now, there may be a new way to identify or track the progression of these brain diseases while a current or former athlete is still alive.For the first time, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have utilized positron emission tomog...

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