Researchers at UCLA think they’ve found a way using PET scans to determine if someone like a football player may have brain injuries that lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the illness that the San Diego Chargers’ Junior Seau was recently found to have when he committed suicide last May.
Even until now, CTE is diagnosed after death, and many NFL alums have willed their brains for this research, especially to Boston University, which I understand was the first to perform these studies.
In the UCLA study, they found these alums with a protein called tau, which also signals Alzheimer’s disease. They found 5 NFL alums with varying amounts of this “bad protein” in their brain. Read more at: