Increase In NFL Head Trauma Fuels Rise Of Memory-Loss Businesses

The New York Times (3/23, B9, Belson, Subscription Publication) reported that “with the expectation that more N.F.L. players will suffer dementia from repeated head hits, businesses that cater to people with memory loss are gearing up for what could be droves of new clients in the near future.” The article notes that “an actuarial report commissioned by the N.F.L. found that 28 percent of all players would be found to have one of the compensable diseases included in a settlement with retired players who had accused the league of hiding from them the dangers of concussions.” Among the diseases were Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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— “Dementia Care, Tailored to N.F.L. Retirees,” Ken Belson, New York Times, March 22, 2016.

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