Researchers Make Progress Toward Identifying C.T.E. in the Living

The New York Times
Robert Stern, School of Medicine

One of the frustrations of researchers who study chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits, is that it can be detected only in autopsies, and not in the living…

Expert quote:

“The more times they hit their head, the higher the tau in their blood. If you look at the higher levels of plasma tau, you only find them in the N.F.L. players, not the control group.”