Report: David Chao Steered Junior Seau's Brain To NFL's Chosen Brain…

The competition to study the brains of former NFL players is ugly; almost as ugly as the league's decades of denying that concussions lead to long-term health issues. But the fight over the late Junior Seau took it to a whole new level—and a key player was controversial Chargers doctor David Chao, who stepped in to… » 4/29/13 2:35pm 4/29/13 2:35pm

The Chargers' Doctor Is A Drunk Quack. Why Haven't They Fired Him?

The California Medical Board believes that David Chao should lose his medical license. Nearly two dozen former patients who have sued him since 1998—alleging in all the medical superfecta of malpractice, personal injury, negligence, and fraud—would agree. Dissenting: the NFL and the San Diego Chargers, for whom Chao… » 4/24/13 3:38pm 4/24/13 3:38pm

Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study

The most striking aspects of the new head-trauma study of former NFL players published in JAMA Neurology are not the formal findings per se. In many ways, those merely quantify and validate suspicions that even casual fans likely hold. The rub is that 40 percent of the retired players that researchers in Texas… » 2/05/13 12:15pm 2/05/13 12:15pm

New Study Reveals That CTE May Be Detectable In Living Patients

A new study, published by researchers at UCLA in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, shows evidence that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can be detected in living patients via positron emission tomography (PET) scans. CTE is a particular type of brain damage that causes depression, memory loss, and… » 1/22/13 3:20pm 1/22/13 3:20pm

It's Still Too Soon To Tell Whether Junior Seau's Brain Had Been…

The major findings of Junior Seau's autopsy showed that he had no alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death. Oh, right: According to a headline trumpeted on CNN's website, Seau's brain also showed no sign of damage. Which must mean football's in the clear, right? Well, no. The medical examiner's autopsy… » 8/21/12 7:00pm 8/21/12 7:00pm

Junior Seau's Family Will Donate His Brain For Scientific Study

From the moment it was known that Junior Seau had been found dead two days ago with a gunshot wound to the chest, there's been speculation that not only was it a suicide but that Seau killed himself in such a way that it would allows researchers to study his brain for the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a… » 5/04/12 2:30pm 5/04/12 2:30pm

These Craigslist Posts That "Predict" Junior Seau's Death Are…

The NFL was rocked yesterday by the death of 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, whom police believe shot himself in the chest with a handgun. But while the great majority of fans and San Diegans have used the occasion to mourn his passing and remember the better days of a Charger legend, a couple of sickos have… » 5/04/12 1:10am 5/04/12 1:10am

Yesterday MSNBC Reported Tragic News On The Death Of... Jonathan Vilma?

Two major NFL stories broke yesterday, bringing havoc to newsrooms as they processed the Saints bounty suspensions and attempted to verify and report the news of Junior Seau's death. As it turns out, the complicated nature of doing journalism led to some mix-ups—at least at MSNBC, where a lingering zoom on Jonathan… » 5/03/12 11:50am 5/03/12 11:50am

The Night Junior Seau Picked Up A Marine Captain's Tab And Serenaded…

An email arrived this morning from Albert Flores Jr., a U.S. Marine Corps captain who lives in Sneads Ferry, N.C. It's about a chance encounter Flores had last year in a Southern California bar with Junior Seau, the former Chargers and Patriots linebacker who died yesterday of a suspected suicide. This is the email in… » 5/03/12 10:00am 5/03/12 10:00am