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After examining the brains of 202 deceased football players, scientists found CTE—chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative malady thought to be caused by brain trauma—in 87 percent of the brains.
The vast majority of patients seeking euthanasia in Belgium have a fatal illness like cancer or a degenerative disease.
Microsoft specifically cited ALS, the progressive degenerative disease that killed actor and playwright Sam Shepard last week, as one of the conditions that inspired the tech.
The panel noted that about one-quarter of people older than 50 experience knee pain from degenerative knee disease, a percentage that rises with age.
The concerns about Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, first surfaced in a study conducted more than 50 years ago.
The strong majority of these people had terminal cancer diagnoses (58.6%) while another 18% had degenerative conditions like ALS and Parkinson's.
CTE, a degenerative brain disease that can cause depression, mood disorders and cognitive changes, can only be detected at autopsy.
Andrei was afflicted with a retinal degenerative disease known as retinitis pigmentosa, which can cause vision impairment or vision loss.
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Degenerative diseases—including cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson's, diabetes, arthritis, and leprosy—are usually contrasted with infectious diseases (diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa). However, many infectious diseases (Lyme disease, AIDS, etc.) can cause a body or body part to degenerate, and infective organisms play a part in some degenerative diseases. Some degenerative diseases can be controlled; some can even be cured. But no one has yet discovered a way to reverse such degenerative conditions as multiple sclerosis, emphysema, or Alzheimer's.
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