Researchers: CTE Was Detected in Living Former NFL Player
November 16, 2017
(UPI) – For the first time, research has confirmed that scientists successfully detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy — known commonly as CTE — in a living former professional football player. Scientists detected signs of the dementia-like disease in former player Fred McNeill four years ago, but it’s not possible to confirm CTE until after a patient’s death. McNeill died in 2015, and confirmation he had the disease was made last week in the journal Neurosurgery, scientists said Wednesday.