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Link between concussions and suicide/depression in football players

June 9, 2012


In a Jan. 18 (2007) article, University of Pittsburgh neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, MD, claimed that the successive concussions experienced by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Andre Waters led to his depression and eventual suicide in November. He also reported that Waters’ brain had degenerated to resemble that of an 85-year-old man with pathology similar to early Alzheimer disease (AD). Waters was only 44 when he died.

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