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Abnormal tau protein detected by experimental PET scan in brains of former NFL players

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Researchers have detected elevated levels of abnormal tau protein in the regions of the brain affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by using an experimental PET scan in a group of NFL players.

The multidisciplinary team from Boston (MA, USA) and Arizona (AZ, USA) detected these elevated levels of abnormal tau protein in the region of the brain affected by CTE in a small group of living formal National Football League (NFL) players displaying cognitive, mood and behavior symptoms.

The results of the study have been published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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