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Healthy Living - December 7, 2018

CBN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT LORIE JOHNSON INTERVIEWS DR. BENNET OMALU ABOUT C.T.E. (CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY) BRAIN INJURY AFFECTING FOOTBALL PLAYERS, SOLIDERS, ABUSE VICTIMS. Read Transcript


(upbeat music)

- Welcome to Healthy Living.

I'm Lorie Johnson, thanks for joining us.

Today, we're talking abouta devastating brain injury

that doctors now say is much more common

than previously thought.

It's called CTE.

I sat down with Dr Bennet Omalu,

who's credited fordiscovering the profound link

between CTE and football players.

In fact, Will Smith played DrOmalu in the movie Concussion.

Since then, Dr Omalu and others

have discovered in CTE insoldiers and victims of abuse.

- Dr Omalu said, overall, he's pleased

with the movie based on his life

because it raises much needed awareness

about the link between football and CTE.

However, there is one thing hedoesn't like about the film,

that part of my interview iscoming up after this break.

Continuing now with myinterview with Dr Bennet Omalu,

who brought attention tothe devastating brain injury

called CTE, and its prevalencein football players.

He was portrayed by WillSmith in the movie Concussion,

but Dr Omalu told methe title is misleading

because tragically, people can get CTE

without ever having a concussion.

Right now, CTE can only be diagnosed

by examining the brain after death.

But listen to Dr Omalu describe

what's called the FDDNP-PET scan

to diagnose CTE in the living,

possibly leading to a treatment.

- When we come back,Dr Omalu will describe

how his faith played a rolein awareness about CTE.

When Dr Omalu declared football caused

the terrible brain disease CTE,

he faced enormous persecution

from the NFL and other doctors.

Although the link between football and CTE

is widely accepted now,

see how the doctor's faith carried him

through the tough times.

- When we come back, Dr Omalu talks about

the accuracy of themovie based on his life.

The movie Concussion showed how Dr Omalu,

as a forensic pathologist,

discovered during an autopsy

of former PittsburghSteeler, Mike Webster,

that football caused CTE andby extension, Webster's death.

The doctor then identifiedCTE in other deceased players,

and says every scene in themovie happened in real life.

- What an inspiring storyof faith and perseverance.

Well, that's all the time we have

for this edition of Healthy Living.

I'm Lorie Johnson.

Thanks for joining us,

and we'll see you again next time.

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