Aug 17, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT
That’s the implication of a new study of head trauma and ALS:
A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of
neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of
some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain trauma.
Although the paper does not discuss Gehrig specifically, its authors in
interviews acknowledged the clear implication: Lou Gehrig might not have
had Lou Gehrig’s disease.
First thought: Head injuries are even scarier than we thought.
Second thought: If this is true, can we get ALS changed to “Charlie Mingus’ Disease?”