POTENTIALLY GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH FROM THE
MIND OF A UW MADISON GRADUATE.
ANN MC KEE GRADUATED FROM THE U-W IN THE MID-70'S.
-- MICHELLE --
-- MICHELLE --
SHE HAS DISCOVERED A DISEASE THAT
COULD REVOLUTIONIZE HOW CONTACT SPORTS ARE PLAYED.
NEWS 3 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER ADAM
SCHRAGER SAT DOWN WITH DR.
MC KEE AT HER OFFICE IN BOSTON LAST WEEK.
MICHELLE AND ERIC, SHE'S BEEN AT THE V-A
MEDICAL CENTER OUTSIDE BOSTON FOR TWENTY YEARS NOW.
STUDYING THE BRAINS OF VETERANS, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
FROM THE DEAD, HOW TO BETTER TREAT THE LIVING.
WHILE IT'S FOOTBALL THAT GETS ALL
THE ATTENTION WITH HER RESEARCH LATELY,
IN REALITY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOCKEY, RUGBY, SOCCER.
ANY SPORT WHERE THERE ARE NUMEROUS HEAD INJURIES.
I was fast when I played.
That's how people remembered me...
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YOU EXPECT NOSTALGIA FROM AN OLDER GENERATION...
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I grew up around hockey.
My older brother played it.
My dad played it.
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NOT FROM TEENAGERS LIKE MADDY VINCENT.
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This is the first time I've talked about it
because it's hard and so much of who I was...
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MADDY WAS A SOPHOMORE WINGER IN
WAUNAKEE, BEING RECRUITED TO PLAY COLLEGE HOCKEY.
BEFORE THIS DECEMBER 2011 GAME.
AND THIS CHECK FROM BEHIND...
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All of a sudden I was in the boards and on the ice...
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I just remember sitting there not even remembering what
my mom's name was and she was standing right there.
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IT WAS HER FOURTH CONCUSSION PLAYING HOCKEY
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For now, I'm in a bubble.
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AND LEFT HER WITH A LONG-LINGERING
HEADACHE AND QUESTIONS ABOUT HER FUTURE
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I want to know what's going to happen.
I want to be able to prepare myself
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AJS standup: The answer to Maddy Vincent's question may be
found here in Boston where a Wisconsin native is a
leading expert into brain research and she shares Maddy's love of sports.
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There is an Aaron Rodgers.
Here's an Aaron Rodgers
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ANN MCKEE CAN DISCUSS PATHOLOGY AND THE PACKERS WITH EASE
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I grew up a football fan.
Football is huge in my family.
I feel like it's in my blood.
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BUT IT'S WHAT'S IN HER BRAIN--OR MORE ACCURATELY THE BRAINS
OF FORMER NFL PLAYERS--THAT WILL JAR THE GAME SHE LOVES.
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I don't see any way this doesn't change football.
I don't see any way this
doesn't impact how the game is played.
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MC KEE'S ZOOLOGY DEGREE FROM THE U-W
DOESN'T EXPLAIN HER CAREER AS A NEUROPATHOLOGIST...
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I never set out as a 20-something-year-old
to study the brains of dead people.
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AND YET SINCE RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT...
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This brain looks more like
Alzheimer's disease than anything else.
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SHE'S AUTOPSIED HUNDREDS OF BRAINS IN THE
MORGUE AT THE V-A CENTER OUTSIDE BOSTON...
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I've been looking at this
particular protein, Tau, for 25 years.
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THE TAU SHOWS UP AS DISCOLORATION.
WHEN A FORMER NFL PLAYER'S BRAIN LANDED ON
HER TABLE, SHE KNEW SHE'D DISCOVERED SOMETHING DRAMATIC.
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I had never seen degenerative
disease that severe in a 40-some-year-old.
That just blew my mind.
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IT'S CALLED CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY.
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All of these areas of brown shouldn't be showing up.
It should look completely clear...
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IN SLIDE AFTER SLIDE, THE MICROSCOPE SHARED
IN DEATH WHAT MC KEE HEARD FROM
FAMILIES ABOUT THE LIVES OF PLAYER AFTER PLAYER.
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They become irritable and volatile.
They can become very aggressive and impulsive.
They can become suicidal.
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SHE BELIEVES THE CAUSE OF C-T-E IS APPARENT.
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We've never seen this disease in a
person who didn't get their head banged.
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AND TO THE SUPPORTERS OF THE STATUS
QUO IN SPORTS AND THOSE WHO SAY
SHE'S ONLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE OF NORMAL AGING OR ALZHEIMER'S...
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It's like Wow, that's like mixing up
a car and a piece of fruit.
Those are two crazy, different things.
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WHICH LEADS US BACK TO MADDY VINCENT...
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It's just weird looking at these.
I don't remember playing for half of these teams...
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SHE'S LOST MORE THAN A YEAR'S WORTH OF HER MEMORIES.
AND THE DESIRE TO KEEP
PLAYING THE SPORT SHE'S ALWAYS PLAYED.
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There's no point taking the risk because my
future and my brain is more important than hockey.
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ANN MCKEE WISHES SHE UNDERSTOOD MORE ABOUT MADDY'S RISK.
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We know there are dangers.
We know there are risks.
We don't know exactly what they are
and we don't know how to prevent it.
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FOR A SCIENTIST WHOSE BRAIN
TELLS HER WHERE THE RESEARCH LEADS.
IT'S CAUSED A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE WATCHING
THE SPORT SHE'S FOLLOWED HER WHOLE LIFE.
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I'm just worried.
I'm just worried about their longterm health.
ANN MC KEE TOLD US SHE WOULD WATCH THE SUPER BOWL.
BUT THAT IT'S GETTING HARDER FOR HER TO WATCH SPORTS.
SHE'S HOPING HER EFFORTS WILL
HELP AMERICA'S VETERANS AS WELL.
SPECIFICALLY THOSE WHO SERVED IN IRAQ AND
AFGHANISTAN WHERE HEAD INJURIES HAVE BEEN SO COMMON.
-- ERIC --
-- ERIC --
ADAM SCHRAGER, THANKS.