Researchers Believe They've Discovered How To Diagnose CTE In Living Patients

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:29pm
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:13am

A couple of months ago, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that had looked at the brains of 111 deceased National Football League players.

One hundred ten of those brains were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease. Learning more about the damage to brains of people who have died has helped in making significant advances in related research.

But this week, a study by Boston University was published that researchers hope could lead to massive, rapid progress. They believe they’ve made a discovery that can lead to CTE being diagnosed in living patients.

We spoke with Jonathan Cherry, a Boston University School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow who co-wrote the study.

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