611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line

NurseWise 24-Hour Crisis Line


611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

NurseWise 24-Hr Crisis Line


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...

Health Sciences
Basic InformationLatest News
New Technology Gives 'Feeling' to Prosthetic ArmsBlood Pressure Check? There May Soon Be an App for ThatHealth Tip: What You Can Learn From Genetic TestingAs Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May SpreadClues to Parkinson's May Be Shed in TearsFDA Approves First Blood Test to Evaluate Potential ConcussionsLimited Evidence for Effect of Cranial Electrical StimulationAutism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic SimilaritiesDo Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?Specific White Matter Patterns Linked to Youth PsychopathologyA New Way to Thwart Disease-Spreading MosquitoesFirst Monkeys Cloned From Process That Created 'Dolly' the SheepNeil Diamond Reveals Parkinson's DiagnosisBrain Is Susceptible to Acute MI, Chronic Heart FailureBrain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette SyndromeScientists Turn Skin Cells Into Muscle Cells, a Potential Boon for ResearchRobot Training Improves Gait Stability in Parkinson'sCould an Electric Pulse to the Brain Recharge Your Memory?Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins, Study FindsMore Men Than Women With Parkinson's Have Caregivers'Fountain of Youth' Gene Discovered in Secluded Amish CommunityLRRK2 Variants Linked to Lower Age at Onset of Parkinson'sKnowing Too Much About Your Genes Might Be RiskyOverlapping Surgery Appears Safe in Neurosurgical ProceduresDo I Know Ewe?Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime OnesHuman vs. Animal Brainpower: More Alike Than You Might ThinkResilient Brain Connections May Help Against Alzheimer'sConcerns Surround Use of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic TestingWhen It Comes to Obesity, Genes Just Partly to BlameDoes Time of Neurosurgery Matter?Smoking Alters Genetic Relationship with Parkinson'sHealth Tip: Considering Genetic TestingDiabetes Ups Risk of MACE in Acute Coronary SyndromesScientists Spot Genes Behind Skin ColorScientists Support Genome Editing to Prevent DiseaseBrain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson's Patients With Visual HallucinationsCoffee Doesn't Help Parkinson's Motor DisordersCan Babies Help Heart Patients?Scientists Spot Marker for CTE in Living Football PlayersNerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative StateWhy Your Nose May Be Key to Parkinson's RiskEvolution Not Over for HumansBrain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on PoundsNew Clues to Why Yawns Are ContagiousNew Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson'sFirst Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results?Does Autism Risk Reside in Cells' Energy Engines?More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Medical Disorders
Mental Disorders
Mental Health Professions

Scientists Spot Marker for CTE in Living Football Players

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Sep 26th 2017

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers.

Until now, it has only been possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after death.

Scientists in Boston studied the brains of 23 former college and professional football players, 50 non-athletes with Alzheimer's disease, and 18 non-athletes without brain disease.

Levels of the biomarker CCL11 were normal in the brains of the non-athletes without brain disease and the non-athletes with Alzheimer's disease, but were significantly elevated in the brains of former football players with CTE.

In the former players with CTE, there was also a link between the number of years playing football and CCL11 levels.

"Not only did this research show the potential for CTE diagnosis during life, but it also offers a possible mechanism for distinguishing between CTE and other diseases," said study first author Jonathan Cherry, a postdoctoral fellow in neurology at Boston University Medical Center.

"By making it possible to distinguish between normal individuals, individuals with Alzheimer's disease and CTE, therapies can become more targeted, and hopefully more effective," Chery added in a university news release.

Further research is needed to determine if elevated levels of CCL11 occur early or late in the CTE disease process and whether CCL11 levels might be able to predict the severity of the brain diseasse, the researchers noted.

The report follows last week's news that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April while serving time in prison on a murder conviction, had a severe case of CTE. More than 100 National Football League players have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE.

The new study was published Sept. 26 in the journal PLoS One.

"The findings of this study are the early steps toward identifying CTE during life. Once we can successfully diagnose CTE in living individuals, we will be much closer to discovering treatments for those who suffer from it," said study senior author Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center at Boston University.

More information

The Concussion Legacy Foundation has more on CTE.