Study Links Vets To Brain Disease Seen In Athletes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A small study raises more concern about the long-term consequences of the traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of soldiers.

The research suggests they may be at risk of developing the same kind of degenerative brain disease as some retired football players who suffered years of blows to the head.

Researchers at Boston University did autopsies of four young veterans and found the earliest signs of what's called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It's a slow-forming disease that apparently starts with the abnormal buildup of a protein in parts of the brain, just what the study found.

Specialists caution that more research is needed to understand who's at risk for the disease, and what role the number and severity of head injuries plays.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 151775845 -
Gray Television, Inc.