Boston University Is Reportedly Close to Diagnosing CTE in Living Patients

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One of the reasons so little is known about the prevention and early stages of CTE is that, as of now, the brain disease can only be diagnosed when a brain is examined in a dead patient. However, that might change as Boston University says it’s taken “early steps” towards diagnosing the disease in living patients.

The study that is drawing researchers closer involves the examination of 23 NFL players as well as those stricken by other degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s. Says Ann McKee, a director at Boston University’s CTE Center, “The findings of this study are the early steps toward identifying CTE during life.”

BU postdoctoral fellow Jonathan Cherry added, “Not only did this research show the potential for CTE diagnosis during life, but it also offers a possible mechanism for distinguishing between CTE and other diseases.” 

While CTE is constantly revealed to be more prevalent than we previously imagined, hopefully this announcement will lead the way to the prevention of this disease that is affecting so many NFL players and other athletes.

Hat Tip – [TheScore]

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