MMA Fighter’s Blood Test Can Predict Brain Injury
PERMANENT BRAIN INJURIES CAN BE FOUND SOONER
A simple blood test could predict long-term brain injuries in professional fighters.
Cleveland Clinic Researchers compared blood samples of active boxers and mixed martial arts fighters to samples from retired and non-fighters.
They found active fighters had higher levels of two proteins that indicate a brain injury.
For the most part, these protein levels stayed stable over time.
But, those whose levels increased showed shrinkage in their thalamus, an area of the brain that affects sleep, cognitive function and language.
These results might allow doctors to diagnose permanent brain injury much earlier and determine which fighters are at risk of long-term complications.
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