Thursday, June 21, 2012
CTE - Pugilistic Encephalitis
Are you protecting your brain from trauma? I hope so! Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative condition perhaps best-known for affecting individuals who endure repeated blows to the head (e.g. boxers, football players, other athletes). According to Dr. Daniel Amen, a 27-year old former Marine is the first Iraq veteran that was found to have CTE. Reportedly, an abnormal form of a protein accumulates and eventually destroys cells throughout the brain in areas that regulate impulse control, judgment, multitasking, memory and emotions. As compared with returning Vietnam veterans, Afghan and Iraq veterans are much more likely to have been exposed to blasts, whose shock waves send the brain crashing into the skull.