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From Philadelphia Magazine:

Researchers examined brain tissue of former athletes and found that traumatic brain injury can lead to an Alzheimer's-like disease later in life.
About this time every year, as high school football season gears up, we start hearing stories about the health risks associated with contact sports—especially when it comes to kids. There’s good reason: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year emergency rooms see an estimated 135,000 sports-related concussion cases in kids ages 5 to 18.

In all, about 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injury annually; of those, more than 50,000 people die.

A new study of professional and high school athletes found that those who suffered repeated blows to the head are at risk for developing a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It surfaces years later in the form of memory loss, mood disorders and, in some cases, early dementia. The California researchers who conducted the study reported their results in this month’s issue of Neurosurgery.

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