This breakthrough could help diagnose CTE in living patients

The degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), has been linked to concussions suffered by NFL players aggressiveness, depression and memory loss.  Until now, the only way of identifying if it’s what caused what happened was through an autopsy.

Athletes who repeatedly suffer blowsto the head face brain injuries and inthe most extreme cases, death. Now, a new studyhas identified a biomarker that could be used to diagnosis a brain disease that affects athletes with repeated head injuries.

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can currently only be diagnosed after death, is a progressive degenerative brain condition found in athletes who have suffered repeated trauma to the head, including concussions. The condition has a number of behavioural symptoms including aggressiveness, depression and memory loss.