New study stokes brain injury fears in NFL

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LOS ANGELES: A new study of deceased NFL players found 96 percent of those tested suffered from brain disease, it was reported on Friday (Saturday in Manila), fueling fresh fears about the health risks in America’s most popular sport. The survey for PBS television’s Frontline program found that out of 91 NFL players tested, 87 showed signs of the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The study was carried out by researchers for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University. A wider sample of players from all levels of American football, who played either in high school, college, semi-professionally or professionally, found CTE in the brain tissue of 131 out of 165, or 79 percent.

AFP

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