Duerson & Brain Damage
May 2, 2011 by staff
Duerson & Brain Damage, As apparently feared Dave Duerson, a medical examination of his brain that are the telltale signs of a degenerative brain disease that cause repeated blows to the head, researchers at Boston University announced Monday
“Dave Duerson had classical pathology (brain disease) and severe involvement of all the things that affect the trial, inhibition, impulse control mood and memory,” said Dr. Ann McKee, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the School of Medicine, Boston University, who examined the brain Duerson for any defects.
“He was pronounced changes in the amygdala and the hippocampus,” McKee, one of the world’s experts in the neuropathology of CTE, said Monday. “When you look under a microscope, is indisputable.”
Duerson, the former strong safety for Chicago Bears, left a note requesting that your brain will be donated to science after shooting himself in the heart of February. Scientists found that brain tissue had atrophied and contained brown deposits of abnormal proteins, called “tau”, the characteristics of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
The results seemed to answer some questions for family members, who asked that the results be released prior to publication in a peer reviewed journal, according to the usual protocol. In another message to let your loved ones, Duerson, 50, wrote about their business and not their family problems, to see the stars, blurred vision and difficulty in getting spelling simple words. Family, financial and behavioral problems in some cases, symptoms of the CTE.
“My father was a man of many accomplishments, both inside and outside the field,” said Duerson’s son, Tregger, Monday. “With this came many battles, but despite the ups and downs of life, was strong and showed courage and compassion for others. It is my hope that his death not be in vain and through the investigation of his legacy will live on others do not have to suffer the same way. ”
While grateful to be able to examine the brain Duerson, especially given its apparently deliberate attempt to keep it for research, scientists emphasized that suicide is not an acceptable option.
The former star of the Chicago Bears and two-time Super Bowl winner Dave Duerson had brain damage when he committed suicide in February.
A medical examination of his brain has found signs of a degenerative brain disease that cause repeated blows to the head.
Medical Center Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University, who studies brain injuries to professional athletes for signs of a condition related to more than a dozen NFL players dead.
They found that brain tissue had atrophied and contained abnormal protein deposits brown – the characteristics of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Before his death Mr. Duerson had requested that his brain is examined by the state.
He had complained of memory loss and inability to spell and told the family he was anxious to know whether the degenerative disease was linked to depression, dementia and suicide.
On 17 February, Mr. Duerson was discovered in his bed with a gunshot wound to the chest.
There was reportedly a chair against the door of his apartment in Florida and across the American flag on his bed with two certificates and medals.
According to the Huffington Post, just before his death, had won 35 million and a court ruling related to a food company he founded, unable to collect.
Mr. Duerson became a key figure in one of the great NFL defenses ever assembled, having been chosen by the Chicago Bears in 1983 University of Notre Dame.
His 1985 team with Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton and Richard Dent has passed into history, and helped him reach the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls.
“It was a great player for us,” said coach Ditka. “He stepped in and did a great job. It is very sad.”
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