Ex-NFL Players Report Higher Rates of Dementia

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study suggests retired National Football
League players may have a high rate of Alzheimer's disease or other
memory problems.

The telephone survey asked if the retirees had ever been
diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other
memory-related disease. Nearly 2 percent of the former players ages
30 to 49 said yes. That's 19 times the rate for the same age group
in the general population.

For retirees over 50, the rate was about five times higher.

Lead author David Weir emphasized the results don't show
football causes memory problems, only that the risk is worth
studying. The study of more than 1,000 ex-players was performed by
the University of Michigan at the request of the NFL and its Player
Care Foundation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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