Science – "NFL Kicks Off Brain Injury Research Effort" – Emily Underwood

New York, NY
 – March 22, 2013  –– 

When a retired National Football League (NFL) player with signs of progressive cognitive decline came to see neuropsychologist Samuel Gandy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai last year, it was clear from the athlete’s history of multiple concussions that his brain had taken a beating. During the athlete’s 10-year career, Gandy says, “routinely, by halftime, he didn’t know what end of the field he was on.” Ultimately, the medical team ruled out Alzheimer’s with a newly approved PET imaging technique that detects the disease’s characteristic clusters of amyloid protein in the brain.

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