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Old 09-13-2014   #1
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NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer's, dementia
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By MARYCLAIRE DALE
— Sep. 12, 2014 4:50 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.

The disclosure Friday comes in separate actuarial data the league and players' lawyers released as part of their proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits.

Both the league and lead players' lawyers expect about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players, or 28 percent, to develop Alzheimer's disease or at least moderate dementia. Dozens more will be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's or Parkinson's disease during their lives, according to the data.

The reports were prepared for Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who is presiding over the class-action lawsuit in Philadelphia that accuses the NFL of hiding information that linked concussions to brain injuries.

The NFL report said the ex-players' diagnosis rates would be "materially higher than those expected in the general population" and would come at "notably younger ages."

The proposed settlement includes $675 million for player awards, $75 million for baseline assessments, $10 million for research and $5 million for public notice. It wouldn't cover current players.

Both sides have insisted that $675 million would be enough to cover awards for 21,000 former players, given fund earnings estimated at 4.5 percent annually. Brody initially had concerns the money might run out, while critics complained the NFL's offering is a pittance given its $10 billion in annual revenues.

The NFL, in its report, said its estimates were "reasonable and conservative," and erred on the side of "overstating the number of players who will develop (illnesses)" to ensure the fund would be sufficient.

The league agreed this summer to remove the cap on its contributions, saying it would pay out more than $675 million if needed, and pay more over time if needed. Brody then granted preliminary approval of the plan and scheduled a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement for Nov. 19, when critics can challenge it.

"This report paints a startling picture of how prevalent neurocognitive diseases are among retired NFL players," lead player lawyers Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss said in a statement.

Lawyers for some players have complained that the negotiations have been cloaked in secrecy, leaving them unsure of whether their clients should participate or opt out.

With an Oct. 14 deadline looming, "we still lack 'an informed understanding of the dynamics of the settlement discussions and negotiations.' Indeed, we have zippo understanding," lawyer Thomas A. Demetrio, who represents the family of Dave Duerson, wrote in a motion Thursday. Duerson, the popular Chicago Bears safety, committed suicide in 2011.
I believe that this is still an significant understatement of the number of players facing this fate.
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Which, in the case of most Browns players and some select Jets, might be a good thing.

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I thought there wasn't any hitting in the NFL anymore.
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I was asked to post the incidence of dementia (Alzheimer's is the most common form) to put the article's numbers in perspective. A 2013 landmark article reported a 13.9% incidence in persons in the US over the age of 70. Many of the NFL players will have developed dementia early on and will never even see 70.

As an aside, taking this same age group (>70), the data indicates that in the United States, older African-Americans are probably about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites, and Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites. It is of interest to note that Texas holds the #2 spot for incidence of dementia, followed by New York at #3. California holds the #1 spot.
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Unfortunately for Schaub, he will probably remember all of it.
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I believe that this is still an significant understatement of the number of players facing this fate.
Funny, my thought was that their control group seemed unusually healthy. Dementia seems to affect a lot more than 15% of the people I know from the general population.
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Goodell's new medical chief isn't a concussion expert, has ties to Patriots and Kraft
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A pair of sports concussion experts listened to the qualifications and accomplishments of Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, the NFL’s newly-appointed and first chief health and medical advisor. Without prompting, both of them quickly zeroed in on a contradiction, if not a red flag, in the league’s decision.

“From the perspective of the league,’’ said lawyer and professor Michael Kaplen, “my first question is why they picked a cardiologist?”

“I think it’s a good step the NFL is making,’’ said rehabilitation specialist Dr. Michael Marino, “but the fact that it is not a brain injury specialist jumps out at me.’’

Another issue could not be overlooked, one that commissioner Roger Goodell, who appointed Nabel, has had to face throughout the past scandal-filled year.

Nabel is president of Boston’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is a partner with the Kraft Group (Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s holding company) in a health-care center bearing the family name at the Patriot Place retail complex near Gillette Stadium. On the health center website is a photo of Nabel in a group that includes Josh Kraft, Robert's son and president of the team's charitable foundation. Kraft family members have sat on the boards of both Brigham and Women’s and the affiliated Massachusetts General.

The bond between Kraft and Goodell has hovered over many of the year’s controversies, sparking debates about conflicts of interest.

The NFL did not immediately return a request for comment.

“I can see how the perception of a conflict would be a concern,’’ said Marino, attending physician at Philadelphia’s Drucker Brain Injury Center. “Hospital politics are no different from office politics or any other kind of politics. But at the end of the day, Dr. Nabel is still a physician, and you’d believe that she’d be able to separate herself from this kind of politics.’’

Because of that perception, and because her specialty isn't aligned with the NFL's biggest current health crisis, Kaplen said, "Yes, we have to legitimately raise the question ... I'm not asking her these questions, I'm asking the NFL."
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