Brain Disease Diagnoses Create Courtroom Hurdle For NFL

Law360, New York (January 10, 2013, 9:32 PM EST) -- Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy before he committed suicide last spring, the National Institutes of Health said Thursday, the latest in a series of postmortem diagnoses that attorneys said will put the league on its heels in the multidistrict litigation over the effects of concussions on players.

When NIH researchers conducted an autopsy of Seau's brain, they discovered clusters of proteins known as tau in a pattern unique to CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in athletes with a history of...
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