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Titanup And Show Some Love For Wycheck


This morning, Kuharsky issued a heartfelt request for help for his friend, Frank Wycheck. He wrote an article for ESPN about how Wycheck is suffering from CTE. He is concerned for his friend’s well-being. He is asking for help. PK seems to be asking for some advice in how to be a good friend to Wycheck and be there for him. He also is asking for help for his friend suffering from CTE.

Here is some info from Boston University about CTE:

“Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau.  These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement.  The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.”

In response to PK’s tweet, I responded with a link to an article on International Business Times’ website. The article mentions a company named Quanterix that has developed a test for CTE. If a person has CTE then their blood will show elevated levels of the protein tau. CTE is only diagnosed after someone has passed away and the brain is dissected. As such, being able to discover that someone has CTE is an advancement of sorts.

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