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Autopsy: Former football star had advanced brain disease

Most of our readers know something of the disturbing and tragic story of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez. The one-time New England Patriot was serving a life sentence for murder when he committed suicide in prison earlier this year. He was just 27.

How can you determine the severity of a traumatic brain injury?

If you're involved in any kind of auto accident, there's a good risk that you'll end up hitting your head. Whether you bump it on the seat in front of you or an airbag explodes into you face, it's possible to end up with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) even after a fairly low-impact accident.

Why are more young football players dying?

With the increased focus on the safety of young football players and on efforts to prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs), it's not surprising that the number of fatal injuries has been declining since the days when our dads played the game. However, a recent study found that head- and spine-related fatalities have been rising again in recent years.

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