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Boxing Delivers Lethal Blow to Brain Cells
TUESDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) –
Amateur boxing can knock out precious brain cells, Swedish
Reporting in the September issue of the
Archives of Neurology
researchers at Goteborg University analyzed the spinal fluids of 14
Swedish amateur boxers and compared them to samples from 10 healthy
They were looking for certain chemicals that, when found in the
spinal fluid, may signal damage to brain cells.
According to the researchers, the boxers had higher levels of the
chemicals seven to 10 days after their boxing match than they did
three months later. This likely indicates damage to brain cells
from blows to the head during the match, they said.
Compared with the healthy men, the chemical levels were
significantly higher in the boxers seven to 10 days
months after the match.
Having more than 15 hits to the head or experiencing grogginess
during or after a bout was associated with significantly higher
levels of the chemicals, the Swedish team noted.
Actual Journal Article
• Archives of Neurology
• Neurochemical Aftermath of Amateur Boxing
• Henrik Zetterberg, MD, PhD; M. Albert Hietala, MD, PhD;
Michael Jonsson, MD; Niels Andreasen, MD, PhD; Ewa
Styrud, BSN; Ingvar Karlsson, MD, PhD; Åke Edman,
MD, PhD; Cornel Popa, MD; Abdullah Rasulzada, MD;
Lars-Olof Wahlund, MD, PhD; Pankaj D. Mehta, MD,