Causes of Dementia: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and Chronic Traumatic Encephalomyelopathy (CTEM)


According to Dr. Robert Stern, Mr. Chris Nowinski, and Dr. Ann McKee, all at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Cent
According to Dr. Robert Stern, Mr. Chris Nowinski, and Dr. Ann McKee, all at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center,
“BU researchers have linked head injuries in former athletes to depression and dementia, making headlines and leading to rule changes in the National Football Leagues.”
“Abnormal tau deposits, a marker of CTE, are not found in ALS. The new findings suggest that the motor neuron disease that affected the three athletes, while similar to ALS, represents a distinct disease never before described in the medical literature. McKee and her colleagues have named it chronic traumatic encephalomyelopathy (CTEM), and they believe the cause is repetitive head trauma absorbed in contact sports such as football and boxing.”
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room
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