Study: Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease 8/18/10
Study: Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease: Scientists funded in part by the NFL say they have found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors say they have found toxic proteins in the spinal cords of three athletes who had suffered head injuries and were later diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS. Those same proteins have been found in the brains of athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to head injuries that causes cognitive decline, abnormal behavior and dementia. One of the co-authors of the report, Dr. Robert Stern, joins us to talk about the implications.