Study identifies new drug to halt dementia in athletes after repeated head injuries

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Sumary of Study identifies new drug to halt dementia in athletes after repeated head injuries:

  • A world-first international study led by the University of South Australia has identified a new drug to stop athletes from developing dementia after sustaining repeated head injuries in their career..
  • In a paper published in Scientific Reports, UniSA Emeritus Professor Bob Vink and colleagues show how repeated concussions can cause CTE and a way to block it with a specially developed drug..
  • The findings will potentially have significant implications for athletes who play contact sports – such as boxers and footballers – as well as military veterans sustaining head injuries in conflict..
  • The Guardian also reported in April that an analysis of late AFLW player Jacinta Barclay’s brain uncovered neurological damage at age 29, highlighting the risks of repeated concussions to both sexes…

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