Head trauma linked to disease that mimics ALS

 

Researchers at the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Mass. have discovered a new motor neuron disease that mimics ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which may be connected to head trauma. Their findings, based on their work with former athletes, have been published in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. BU Today covered the findings, and spoke with CSTE codirectors Robert Stern, Christopher Nowinski, and Ann McKee (video above).

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