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REPORT: 99% OF NFL PLAYERS TESTED HAD BRAIN INJURIES…
NFL SHOCKWAVE HEADING INTO
CTE FOUND FROM HIGH SCHOOL,
COLLEGE AND PRO’S…
NFL BRAIN INJURY ANALYST/PHYSICIAN: Dr. Dennis Deruelle (Durr-Rell), is a physician and National Medical Director of Acute Services for IPC Healthcare; he is Author Of Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine and Two-Minute Warning: The Young Invincibles…
“A new study by Boston University researcher Dr. Ann McKee examined the brains of 202 deceased football players and found that 110 of the 111 brains of former NFL players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The results were published the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The brains were donated by families of former NFL players who showed signs of the disease. The study was not conducted on a set of random former NFL players, and Dr. McKee notes “tremendous selection bias” in the samples.
“It is no longer debatable whether or not there is a problem in football—there is a problem,” Dr. McKee said, according to the New York Times.
High school players in the study had mile cases while college and professionals had more severe cases. CTE was found in 177 of the 202 brains.
The disease can cause impaired judgment, aggression, memory loss and depression. CTE can only be diagnosed postmortem.
The study examined players as young as 23 years old and as old as 89. The brains were also from all player positions including 44 linemen, 10 linebackers, 17 defensive backs and seven quarterbacks.
Former NFL Hall of Famer Ken Stabler was among the brains after he asked that he be examined when he was battling colon cancer. McKee determined that Stabler had a “moderately severe” case of CTE.”
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BIO: Dr. Dennis Deruelle is a physician and National Medical Director of Acute Services for IPC Healthcare/TeamHealth, one of the largest suppliers of healthcare professional staff and integrated care providers in the country. Dr. Deruelle helps hospitals and hospital systems across the country improve their quality, safety and efficiency. He is a national speaker and consultant with expertise in how the Affordable Care Act affects the new value-based world of healthcare.
Dr. Deruelle completed a fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine Leadership at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Deruelle was Chief Resident and did his internal medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after earning his M.D. from Albany Medical College. An accomplished musician, Dr. Deruelle has performed at the National Aids Conference among other venues.