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One out of every six NFL Players Could Suffer from Alzheimer's or Dementia by Age 50

Posted Sep 30 2009 10:49pm


A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league's former players vastly more often than in the national population -- including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49. The study was conducted for the National Football League (NFL) by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. An N.F.L. spokesman, Greg Aiello, said the study did not formally diagnose dementia, that it was subject to shortcomings of telephone surveys, and that “there...

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