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110 N.F.L. Brains
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110 N.F.L. Brains

Boston neuropathologist Ann McKee wanted to study the brains of football players to chronicle the physical damage done by head collisions. After examining 111 NFL players, she concluded that all but one of them had CTE – or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease that has devastated athletes after they've walked away from the gridiron. The New York Times put together a sobering overview of McKee's findings, including distressing pictures of affected brains. "It is no longer debatable whether or not there is a problem in football – there is a problem," she writes. If you're already conflicted about continuing to watch pro football, this report will only further fuel your moral objections. (The New York Times)

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