September 16, 2018, CBS News, Sharyn Alfonsi
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Until a few years ago, National Football League (NFL) players who struggled with severe depression, bouts of rage and memory loss in their retirement were often told they were just having a hard time adjusting to life away from the game. Doctors have since learned these changes can be symptoms of the degenerative brain disease CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, caused by blows to the head. As we first reported in January, CTE isn’t just affecting athletes, but also showing up in our nation’s heroes. Since 9/11 over 300,000 soldiers have returned home with brain injuries. Researchers fear the impact of CTE could cripple a generation of warriors.
To learn more from CBS News, read: Scientists Seeking Veterans to Help Treat CTE
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