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Children with ‘normal’ heads may have Zika brain damage: study

PARIS: Babies infected with Zika virus may suffer severe brain damage even if they do not display the signature symptom of an unusually small head, a study in monkeys suggested Monday (Feb 5). This meant that brain-damaged children may be walking around undiagnosed and missing out on life-bettering therapy, scientists reported in the science journal Nature Medicine. "Current criteria using head size to diagnose Zika-related brain injury fail to capture more subtle brain damage that can lead to significant learning…

Brain damage found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players: study

WASHINGTON: As a new American football season is set to begin, researchers examining the brains of deceased NFL players have found that 99 percent of them showed signs of degenerative disease -- believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Researchers found striking evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 110 of the 111 donated brains of players who played in the National Football League, according to the study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. CTE causes symptoms…