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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease commonly found in athletes and military veterans who participated in physically intensive contact activities, such as boxing, football and the military battlefield. There are many parallels between concussive injury experienced during contact sports and exposure to blast and concussive injury experienced by veterans. A new study has found that the long-term effects of concussive and blast injuries on the brain can be very similar, regardless of how the brain injuries occurred. For more information, read the abstract of the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and read the VA VAntage Point Blog.
For more on traumatic brain injuries, see this Military.com section.