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March 4th, 2015 in News

 

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Meet the Press: Dr. Ann McKee speaks about head trauma and the NFL

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February 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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ABC Australia: Study finds evidence of degenerative brain disease in nearly all former football players examined

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October 20th, 2014 in CTEMcKee.

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Aljazeera America: Before & After Ryan Freel: How MLB stepped up to concussions

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October 20th, 2014 in CTEMcKeeUncategorized.

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Watching Ryan Freel play defense on a baseball field has been likened to “watching crash dummies in a seat belt test” and “bungee-jumping without the bungee.”

In Cincinnati, where he spent most of his eight seasons in the big leagues, Freel’s No. 6 jersey became synonymous to fans, teammates and opponents with playing the game the right way. That meant crashing into walls, sliding headfirst, jumping and diving to get to the ball, doing whatever was needed to make the play. The constant headaches, blurry vision and spotty memory were there, too. But that was baseball for Freel.

In January 2013, Freel’s number switched to VABT-13144. He was no longer described as a 5-foot-10, 185-pound utility man. Instead, the VA Medical Center in Bedford, Massachusetts, labeled his specimen type as “fixed brain fragments.”

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Frontline: 76 of 79 Deceased NFL Players Found to Have Brain Disease

By lmurphy2
October 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

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As the NFL nears an end to its long-running legal battle over concussions, new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.

The findings represent a more than twofold increase in the number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, that have been reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass. Researchers there have now examined the brain tissue of 128 football players who, before their deaths, played the game professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school. Of that sample, 101 players, or just under 80 percent, tested positive for CTE.

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NYTimes: Soccer Star Bellini Is Found to Have Had Brain Trauma

By lmurphy2
September 23rd, 2014 in CTEMcKee.

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Bellini, the Brazilian soccer star who won the 1958 World Cup and was honored with a statue outside the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, has been found to have had the degenerative brain disease linked to dozens of boxers and American football players when he died in March at age 83.

At the time, his death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers now say he had an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., which is caused by repeated blows to the head and has symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s.

C.T.E. can be diagnosed only posthumously, and few brains of former soccer players have been examined. Bellini is the second known case, according to Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at Boston University and the Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Center, who was brought in to assist in examining Bellini’s brain. McKee was also involved in a finding earlier this year when researchers found C.T.E. in the brain of a 29-year-old former soccer player from New Mexico who had played semiprofessionally.

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Dr. McKee presents at SLI Hit Count Symposium

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July 16th, 2014 in McKee.

 

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March 4th, 2015 in News

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Meet the Press: Dr. Ann McKee speaks about head trauma and the NFL

By lmurphy2
February 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

Bengals Ravens Football

Continue for the full transcript

Continue for complete video

ABC Australia: Study finds evidence of degenerative brain disease in nearly all former football players examined

By lmurphy2
October 20th, 2014 in CTEMcKee.

Bengals Ravens Football

Click here for audio story

Aljazeera America: Before & After Ryan Freel: How MLB stepped up to concussions

By lmurphy2
October 20th, 2014 in CTEMcKeeUncategorized.

safe_image

Watching Ryan Freel play defense on a baseball field has been likened to “watching crash dummies in a seat belt test” and “bungee-jumping without the bungee.”

In Cincinnati, where he spent most of his eight seasons in the big leagues, Freel’s No. 6 jersey became synonymous to fans, teammates and opponents with playing the game the right way. That meant crashing into walls, sliding headfirst, jumping and diving to get to the ball, doing whatever was needed to make the play. The constant headaches, blurry vision and spotty memory were there, too. But that was baseball for Freel.

In January 2013, Freel’s number switched to VABT-13144. He was no longer described as a 5-foot-10, 185-pound utility man. Instead, the VA Medical Center in Bedford, Massachusetts, labeled his specimen type as “fixed brain fragments.”

Continue reading the main story

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Frontline: 76 of 79 Deceased NFL Players Found to Have Brain Disease

By lmurphy2
October 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Bengals Ravens Football

As the NFL nears an end to its long-running legal battle over concussions, new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.

The findings represent a more than twofold increase in the number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, that have been reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass. Researchers there have now examined the brain tissue of 128 football players who, before their deaths, played the game professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school. Of that sample, 101 players, or just under 80 percent, tested positive for CTE.

Continue reading the main story

NYTimes: Soccer Star Bellini Is Found to Have Had Brain Trauma

By lmurphy2
September 23rd, 2014 in CTEMcKee.

24brain1-master675

Bellini, the Brazilian soccer star who won the 1958 World Cup and was honored with a statue outside the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, has been found to have had the degenerative brain disease linked to dozens of boxers and American football players when he died in March at age 83.

At the time, his death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers now say he had an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., which is caused by repeated blows to the head and has symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s.

C.T.E. can be diagnosed only posthumously, and few brains of former soccer players have been examined. Bellini is the second known case, according to Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at Boston University and the Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Center, who was brought in to assist in examining Bellini’s brain. McKee was also involved in a finding earlier this year when researchers found C.T.E. in the brain of a 29-year-old former soccer player from New Mexico who had played semiprofessionally.

Continue reading the main story

Dr. McKee presents at SLI Hit Count Symposium

By lmurphy2
July 16th, 2014 in McKee.

Dr. Ann McKee, a School of Medicine professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University School of Medicine, director of neuropathology for the Veterans Affairs New England Health Care System and also directs BU’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center speaks about her research and love for tau. Click here to read more.

 

BU ADC research findings link veterans’ brain disease to athletes’

May 17th, 2012 in News

The New York Times recently featured findings by the BU ADC’s Drs. Lee Goldstein and Ann McKee. Their research “provides the strongest evidence yet” that combat veterans with explosion-caused brain injuries are at risk of developing long-term neurological disease.

Read more at the New York Times online.

Boston NPR hosts Alzheimer’s panel with BU ADC Clinical Director

January 19th, 2012 in News

Boston’s National Public Radio news station, WBUR, recently produced a week-long series of special reports on Alzheimer’s Disease called “Fade to Darkness: The Age of Alzheimer’s.” Dr. Robert Stern, director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core, participated in WBUR’s Alzheimer’s expert panel discussion and was quoted in a variety of articles. See a video of the panel below, and visit WBUR to browse the articles.

BU researchers link heart health and brain aging

December 12th, 2011 in News

In a recent study published in Circulation, BUSM researchers report that among participants from the Framingham Offspring Study, decreased cardiac index (the amount of blood that pumps from the heart into the body and brain) is associated with decreased brain volume, a sign of brain aging. The study’s lead author, BU ADC investigator Dr. Angela Jefferson, discusses the findings with USA Today, Time magazine, and MSN.

New Yorker features BU’s McKee on chronic traumatic encephalopathy

December 12th, 2011 in News

Click here to read an article that discusses chronic traumatic encephalopathy in The New Yorker. It features Dr. Ann McKee, director of the BU ADC Neuropathology Core and researcher with the BU Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy.  To view a slideshow demonstating the traumatic effects of contact sports on the brain, click here.

BU ADC Brain Bank featured in local news

December 12th, 2011 in News

Click here to watch the Channel 5 news segment, “Take An Exclusive Look Inside The “Brain Bank.”  The segment features the BU ADC Brain Bank at the Bedford VA and commentary by Dr. Ann McKee, director of the BU ADC Neuropathology Core.