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Scary brain disease you could have


All contact sports need to find out the real risk of concussion and CTE. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

THERE is a progressive degenerative brain disease that can only be diagnosed after death and there is a very high chance you could be living with it right now.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is responsible for memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and progressive dementia for people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma.

The brain disease is attributed to both symptomatic concussions and asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head that do not result in symptoms.

While previous research has demonstrated a strong link between the condition and professional football players, prize fighters and extreme sport stars, it now appears CTE is much more widespread than first thought.

A recent study discovered anyone that has played contact sport at any level could be living with the disease, which t…

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