Crandall & Pera Law, LLC
Call 24/7 - Free Consultation
855-444-6651

CTE Research is Incredible, but Prevention is the Only Sure Cure

Brain Injury Attorneys in Ohio and KentuckyChronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is making headlines across the country. Sports pages are full of wins and losses and player statistics, but they are not reporting on the devastating effects of this disease on those players and their families. Active research is providing hope for CTE sufferers, but we at Crandall & Pera Law believe the cause needs greater attention.

What is CTE?


Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a brain disease, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The problem with these types of brain diseases is that they are undetectable until the symptoms progress to a point where daily function is impaired. At this point, doctors can make a best guess diagnosis, but Alzheimer’s and CTE can only be confirmed by a brain biopsy after death.

CTE is caused by repeated traumas to the brain. Minor impacts over time contribute to a gradual and increasing degeneration of brain tissue. The degeneration is accompanied by a build up of a protein called “tau.” Tau proteins exist in the brain to stabilize the connections between neurons; in a person with CTE, tau proteins are “tangled” and no longer able to stabilize the connections. In response, the body produces more protein to “fix” the damage. CTE is thus evidenced by a high level of tau protein in brain fluid.

How research is helping


Medical Daily reports that researchers are exploiting the fact that human brain tissue and skin tissue originate from the same type of tissue in developing embryos. With this knowledge, Dr. Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva of Central Hospital in Mexico put a team together to develop a skin test for tau protein levels.

The research was aimed at developing a single test to identify Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but the results could have implications for CTE sufferers as well. The study found that those suffering neurodegenerative disorders had tau protein levels as much as “...7 times higher than healthy participants.”  This is exciting news, as a conclusive test would enable doctors to start treatment earlier, potentially averting the more devastating effects of these degenerative diseases.

Study author Dr. Rodriguez-Leyva said in a press release, “More research is needed to confirm these results, but the findings are exciting because we could potentially begin to use skin biopsies from living patients to study and learn more about these diseases... This procedure could be used to study not only Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but also other neurodegenerative diseases.”

In the meantime, researchers around the world are continuing the effort to understand and cure neurodegenerative disorders. The CTE Center at Boston University continuously examines the efficacy of treatment protocols, and offers the general public opportunities to volunteer their time or money to benefit the sufferers of CTE.

Research is progressing in a number of exciting ways, but the only thing we know for certain is that CTE is real and that the proximate cause is repeated trauma. The only way to avoid the condition is to prevent the circumstances that cause it. Contact sports, like football, are proven to result in CTE 96% of the time. It is a virtual guarantee that players will be affected to a greater or lesser degree.

Parents should consider the potential risks involved when deciding whether to allow their children to participate in contact sports that put their child at high risk of developing CTE later in life.   There is nothing wrong with saying “no” when the future health of your child’s brain is at stake.

Choose the future. Choose your children.

Email Us For A Response

The Respect And Dignity You Deserve

Our dedicated team of skilled trial attorneys and registered nurses have devoted their careers to seeking justice for clients just like YOU. Please reach out to us today at 855-444-6651 or via the Internet, we are only one call or email away. An initial consultation is free and comes without strings.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Cincinnati Office
36 East 7th St.
Suite 2610
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cincinnati Law Office Map

Cleveland Office
850 Euclid Ave.
Suite 1122
Cleveland, OH 44114

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cleveland Law Office Map

Columbus Office
35 E. Gay St.
Suite 226
Columbus, OH 43215

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Columbus Law Office Map

Cincinnati Office
1095 Nimitzview Dr.
Suite 403
Cincinnati, OH 45230

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cincinnati Law Office Map

Chesterland Office
12768 Chillicothe Rd.
Suite 210
Chesterland, OH 44026

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Chesterland Law Office Map

Lexington Office
1900 Cambridge Dr.
Suite 101
Lexington, KY 40504

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Lexington Law Office Map

Chagrin Falls Office
15 1/2 N. Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Chagrin Falls Law Office Map