NFL concussion research flawed, delaying onset of research funding: NYT

An investigation by The New York Times reveals that brain injury research emanating from a concussion committee in 1994 suffered from numerous flaws. Some papers about the topic used incomplete data that omitted more than 100 concussions suffered by NFL players between 1996 and 2001, including star quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Young. The NFL has belatedly recognized the extent of the problem, and a senior NFL official publicly acknowledged the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy for the first time earlier this month. As awareness of the seriousness of head trauma has grown, research into its effects on other athletes, civilians and soldiers has surged, creating an opportunity for innovative device and diagnostics companies. Though some questions about its objectivity remain, the NFL has funded some of the latest research through partnerships with companies like GE Healthcare ($GE), which recently described its ongoing brain imaging study at an FDA meeting. But the league's prior obfuscation delayed the onset of that much-needed R&D into a serious public health problem that affects many more people than just NFL players. Some compare its dishonest attempt to downplay the problem to the cigarette research suppression committed by Big Tobacco. More