• League pulls money for brain disease study – report

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    NEW YORK: A major study conducted on the relationship between American football and brain disease will continue without a $30 million research grant from the NFL, ESPN reported on Wednesday. A league grant of $16 million over seven years was given to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012 to finance the concussion research project, the NFL saying it had no control over how the funds were spent. But ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported the league backed out of the having its money finance the study when the NIH awarded the project to a group led by a prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery who has been outspoken against the league. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy replied on Twitter, saying, “ESPN story is not accurate. NFL did not pull any funding. NIH makes its own decisions.”

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