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The same dementia-like disease found in the brain tissue of several National Football League players has shown up in the brains of four U.S. veterans exposed to improvised explosive devices and other head trauma, according to new research.

Latest Stories Jim Trotter: Draft prospect Owusu embodies mystery of concussions in footballupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 22:13:00

Stanford wideout/returner Chris Owusu has a sprinter's speed and a bodybuilder's physique. He also has a medical report that makes NFL teams wince. Michael Farber: NHL playoffs will be a concussion lotteryupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 10:51:00

In the misspent days of my television-watching youth in the 1950s -- this is so long ago that the remote control consisted of getting off the couch, crossing the room and turning the dial to one of the five other channels -- my favorite show was the after-school classic, The Mickey Mouse Club. (This Disney reference is only tangential to hockey, unlike Wayne Gretzky's 1984 off-the-cuff assessment of the Devils as a Mickey Mouse organization, and, of course, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, but please stick with me.) The show's best day was Wednesday, known as Anything Can Happen Day. It's a memory, like Proust's madeleine, that flooded over me like hot Zamboni water recently during a chat with Predators coach Barry Trotz.

NFL takes good first step to protect playersupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:02:00

In the NFL, controlled violence is, and always will be, an essential part of the sport. As fans, we have no problem with coaches telling players to run hard, hit hard and tackle hard, because we know that we can't take that kind of contact and tough physicality out of football.

Did Giants have a concussion strategy?updated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:58:00

Jamal Anderson, former NFL player, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, discuss concussions and how NFL players deal with the issue. Ben Glicksman: A Q&A on concussions in H.S. football with Dr. Sanjay Guptaupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:23:00

On Jan. 29, CNN will debut Big Hits, Broken Dreams, a documentary exploring concussions in high school football.'s Ben Glicksman talked with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and practicing neurosurgeon, about his findings and what parents, coaches and athletes need to know to try to protect themselves.

Former NFL players sue league over head injuriesupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 17:30:00

Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens and two other former NFL players have filed a lawsuit accusing the National Football League of misleading them and failing to protect them against on-the-field brain injuries they say caused health problems years after they retired.

Ex-players sue NFL over concussionsupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 17:30:00

Former Detroit Lion Ryan Stewart is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging NFL negligence in regard to concussions.

Tackle the concussion epidemicupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:39:00

It's football season: From Pop Warner, Young American Football League and other children's football leagues; from high school to college and the pros, football is the name of the game.

Young football players injured, but not forgottenupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 13:28:00

Two moments have changed Eddie Canales' life. Both occurred on the football field.

Former NFL players: League concealed concussion risksupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 19:16:00

Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the National Football League, saying the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions on players' brains but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010. Peter King: Next 30 days are crucial in talks between owners, playersupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 17:39:00

SEATTLE -- Today we have a little bit on the labor-thawing NFL front, as well as the annual Father's Day book list (with an offbeat sports bio I cannot recommend highly enough), a tribute to one of the giants of the sportswriting business you may not know, how one team's prepping for the resumption of football (let us pray), some encouraging news about helmet technology, and a death in the 49er family that means half of one of the great backfields in history is gone.

Small players, big risksupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 11:42:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the risks of concussion for young football players, and a possible solution.

Footballer: 'Are you OK with destroying a kid's brain for this game?'updated: Sun Feb 06 2011 11:42:00

"Bull in the ring" is a drill almost as old as football.

Vision test offers rare, early glimpse of concussionupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 21:31:00

For an injury that is largely invisible, it is no small irony that a new test to detect concussion involves the eyes.

Puerto Rico police: Man torched house and relatives, killing 5updated: Fri Jan 07 2011 23:06:00

A 25-year-old woman from Seattle, Washington, has become the fifth person to die from burns suffered when her fiance's uncle invited them to his house in Puerto Rico and allegedly set them afire.

New Jersey law sidelines student athletes who may have a brain injuryupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 09:10:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing defense against brain injuries for student athletes.

Warner: 'Something has to change'updated: Wed Dec 08 2010 09:10:00

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the league and players' attitudes on concussions.

Brain injuries steal player's memoryupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 10:05:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a young athlete who had his memory stolen by multiple concussions.

The impact of a concussionupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 18:06:00

After a high school football player suffered multiple concussions on the field, his injuries affected the rest of his life.

Concussions extra dangerous to teen brainsupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 18:06:00

Max Conradt was used to defensive linemen hurtling their 300-pound frames at him week after week. He was a high school quarterback, the team leader who took his licks and got back up. Grant Wahl: Effect of concussions on soccerupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:53:00

When Taylor Twellman won Major League Soccer's MVP award in 2005, he threw his head at balls in the penalty box with the force of a bird smacking into a window. That's how the U.S. and New England Revolution forward scored 101 goals in eight MLS seasons -- and how his playing career took an irretrievable turn on Aug. 30, 2008. Will Carroll: Depth charts reveal limits of talent baseupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 18:00:00

Another week, another set of injuries that takes the talent level in the NFL -- and your fantasy league -- down just a notch.

Players, grieving mom back youth head injury protection billupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 12:03:00

Concussions for student-athletes not only cause headaches and impair concentration and everyday function, they can be deadly, experts testified in a congressional hearing Thursday. Will Carroll: Concussion discussion the rage of Week 2updated: Thu Sep 16 2010 10:11:00

"Decimated." That word actually has a specific meaning, focused on an ancient Roman punishment. Some teams feel like they've been decimated and, in the modern sense, some have. There are a lot of injuries coming with "season-ending" tags on them, but remember that "season-altering" is just as bad from a fantasy context. While losing a top pick like a Ryan Grant is bad, it could have been any of the players in the top tier. You have to remember each player is one play, one moment away from ending things. After Tom Brady's near-miss accident -- in which the person in the other car is still in serious condition -- last week, we should all realize just how close we all are. Injuries are going to happen. You just have to be prepared, draft (and now find) depth, and focus on putting up points on a consistent basis. Given how many significant injuries we've had in Week 1, I wonder if the NFL and NFLPA will take a closer look at what an 18-game schedule might do to the health of players and

Did concussions play role in Lou Gehrig's disease?updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 20:21:00

With his head bowed and a barely detectable quiver in his voice, the baseball player known as the "Iron Horse" devastated the crowd at Yankee Stadium, not by hitting a home run, but by announcing that he was dying.

More often than not, brain injuries lead to depressionupdated: Tue May 18 2010 16:53:00

People who experience serious head injuries often require days -- if not weeks -- of medical care to get back on their feet. For most of them, the mental aftershocks will last long after they've checked out of the hospital. Michael McCann: Cutting formerly concussed players could become thorny issue for NFLupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 16:58:00

In recent months, NFL running backs Brian Westbrook and Jamal Lewis were cut in the aftermath of concussion-laden seasons. To be sure, their age, salary and decline in play were factors. But regardless, after a year in which the relationship between concussions and player health drew the keen interest of Congress and other lawmakers, it seems improper for NFL teams to cut players who may still suffer from postconcussion symptoms. Peter King: Warner sees light on head injuries; 10 things to watchupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:28:00

Kurt Warner knew, as he walked to see the Arizona Cardinals team medics last Sunday morning in Nashville, that playing against the Titans was not up to them. It was up to him. His words would determine whether he'd go out on the field with his sore neck and an odd, sharp sensitivity to light. Ann Killion: NFL needs help in policy to deal with dangerous concussionsupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 12:59:00

The NFL took a small step forward from its customary stance of denial and obfuscation on the issue of brain injuries. LaMarr Woodley: Steelers want payback vs. Bengalsupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 13:25:00

Throughout the 2009 NFL season,'s Jeff Ritter will work with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley to get his thoughts and observations on the NFL and take you behind the scenes with the Steelers. Woodley is in his third season and finished with a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2008 while helping Pittsburgh win a Super Bowl title. The 6-2 Steelers host the 6-2 Bengals on Sunday.

House panel considers brain injuries and NFL playersupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

Are professional football players at greater risk of dementia and other neurological problems?

NFL players at risk?updated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on legal issues relating to pro football head injuries. Andy Staples: Concussion information has improved but isn't exact scienceupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:10:00

It's only been three years since Florida quarterback Chris Leak stood at a lectern and claimed a vicious hit from Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens hadn't resulted in a concussion. "I just got dinged," Leak said. "No more than that."

Jackson and painkillersupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 12:25:00

A commercial shoot accident may have led Michael Jackson to become addicted to painkillers. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Scalp burns painful, need urgent careupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 12:25:00

The special effects exploded too early while Michael Jackson filmed a Pepsi commercial in 1984 and his hair caught on fire, causing burns to his scalp.

Deadly Mexican fire started in warehouse, official saysupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 20:07:00

A fire that claimed the lives of 44 children at a day-care center in Hermosillo, Mexico, started Friday in an air-conditioning unit in an adjacent warehouse, the attorney general of Sonora said Monday.

Skiers can cut risks by wearing helmets, experts sayupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 13:47:00

Skiers and snowboarders can cut the risk of brain injury dramatically by wearing helmets on the slopes, some experts say.

Can playing football lead to brain damage?updated: Mon Mar 09 2009 07:38:00

Here's a question to worry "soccer moms" and professional footballers alike: Can playing football lead to long-term brain injury?

Study: PTSD, not brain injury, may cause vets' symptomsupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:14:00

Sgt. Ryan Kahlor has the same nightmare every time, a vision of walls painted in blood and fat, and men on top of houses, throwing pieces of Marines' bodies off rooftops. It's a vision he can't shake, because he lived through it while deployed to Iraq last year.

Soldiers and concussionsupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:14:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study linking soldier concussions in Iraq to PTSD and depression. War Head Injuries: Long-Term Effects updated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:00:00

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder may be linked to concussions suffered in battle Tim Layden: Kevin Everett is making big strides thanks to aggressive medical careupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 16:09:00

Every step is precious now. Every movement is a gift. Every morning brings another sunrise, full of sweet promise. When Kevin Everett was a little boy growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, he would sit with his grandpa James Nico, and the older man would explain to him life's lessons. One of them was this: Don't ever be bitter. Just keep doing your best, even when things aren't looking so good.

CNN Heroes: Fighting paralysis with Gloria Estefanupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 15:48:00

Latin pop diva Gloria Estefan and former Citadel linebacker Marc Buoniconti have each suffered paralyzing injuries.

Sharing the Spotlightupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 15:48:00

Singer Gloria Estefan's CNN Hero has turned his battle with paralysis into a nationwide campaign. Damon Hack: Like many players, Green reluctant to retire because of concussionsupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 11:57:00

Trent Green does not want his final moment in the NFL to be the image of him fastened to a yellow stretcher, his body rigid beneath black straps, his hands clasped together as if in prayer. Tim Layden: Morgan's concussions put him at center of debateupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 02:13:00

Dan Morgan never wanted to be anybody's lab rat. Football player, husband, father, businessman: Yes, all of those things to the very fullest. But lab rat, where his every breath is extrapolated as a theoretically measurable part of some larger tableau? Not a chance he would sign on for that. His game and his life are too personal, too private, too treasured. Experts: Too Many Burn Units Closedupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 10:00:00

U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties

Schooled on hard knocks, wrestler educates others on brain injuriesupdated: Mon Jul 30 2007 05:07:00

Chris Nowinski's professional wrestling career didn't end with a pink slip or a celebratory sendoff, but with a swift kick to his chin. Arash Markazi: Billauer hasn't slowed down since surfing accidentupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 03:01:00

Jesse Billauer rolls into the Beverly Hills Hotel with a blonde bombshell by his side and immediately attracts everyone's attention as soon as he opens his mouth. The tanned surfer is telling his friends to hold on to their girlfriends tight or he just might nab them up before the night is done. His friends laugh but quickly tighten their grip on their significant others. They know Billauer too well. U.S. Struggling to Treat War Woundedupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 13:25:00

Iraq war veterans are coming home with injuries of a scope and magnitude the government did not predict and is now struggling to treat Dangerous games updated: Mon Apr 23 2007 12:42:00

The images on the large screen came one after another, each more disturbing and haunting than the other. There was Mike Webster shown naked from the waist up, lying dead on an autopsy table. There was Terry Long dead on an autopsy table with his tongue sticking out, still showing the pain of someone who had endured a prolonged death after ingesting antifreeze. Then there were simply the words of Dr. Bennet Omalu -- who didn't show pictures of Andre Waters because he shot himself -- as he described Waters' condition at his autopsy. One Big Headache updated: Tue Feb 06 2007 08:24:00

Harry Carson realized something was wrong when he was doing television commentary. The former Giants linebacker would be on the air, live, and he'd lose his train of thought. Carson suspected the concentration issue was connected to other symptoms he'd been experiencing -- headaches, blurred vision, a loss of his sense of smell, and sensitivity to lights and noises -- and he went to see a doctor. "I thought I had a brain tumor," he says. The problem turned out to be postconcussion syndrome. Carson, 53, now a member of the Brain Injury Association's Sports Injury Prevention Council, estimates he had between 15 and 18 concussions during his 13-year Hall of Fame career, though he never reported any of them. "Pain and hurt and being uncomfortable was ingrained in me as a player," he says. "No one knew because I kept it to myself."

FSB: The next little thing: Where are they now?updated: Tue Dec 05 2006 12:01:00

The latest news on companies previously profiled by FSB.By Emily Maltby and Brandi Stewart

FSB: Where Are They Now?updated: Fri Dec 01 2006 00:01:00

IN THE 2004 "NEXT LITTLE Thing" issue, FSB featured Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, a medical-device firm in Foxborough, Mass., that helps the severely disabled. The company's BrainGate devi...

Device seeks to detect concussions during gamesupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 12:02:00

In Hawaii's opening game of the college football season, running back Nate Ilaoa was knocked out of the game in the second quarter.

Nose stem cells to help spinal patientsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 12:07:00

British surgeons hope a new procedure using stem cells from the lining of the nose will help mend severed nerves of paralyzed patients and may one day allow them to walk again.

Stem cell hope for spinal injuriesupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 07:46:00

Scientists in the U.S. have successfully used neural stem cells to regenerate damaged spinal cord tissue in mice, raising hopes that the technique could be used to treat disabilities caused by spinal cord injuries and human neurological disorders.

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