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