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CTE found in living ex-NFL players

Updated: January 22, 2013, 4:19 PM ET
By Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN.com

Brain scans performed on five former NFL players revealed images of the protein that causes football-related brain damage -- the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling disease in living players.

Researchers who conducted the pilot study at UCLA described the findings as a significant step toward being able to diagnose the disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

"I've been saying that identifying CTE in a living person ...

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