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Alzheimer's Death Rate Higher in Former NFL Players
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 2:41 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Reuters Health) - Retired pro football players seem to have higher-than-average risks of dying from Alzheimer's or Lou Gehrig's disease, U.S. government researchers reported Wednesday.

In a study of more than 3,400 retired National Football League (NFL) players, the researchers found that death rates from the two brain diseases were four times higher than those in the general U.S. population. The researchers, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), cannot be sure of the reasons, but they suspect they could be looking at the long-term consequences of repeat concussions.


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