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Report: Dementia risk higher for players

Updated: September 30, 2009, 4:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former NFL players have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related conditions at rates much higher than the national population, according to a study commissioned by the league, The New York Times reported.

The phone survey of 1,063 former players found that 6.1 percent of players aged 50 and older reported that they had received a dementia-related diagnosis. That's five times higher than the cited national average of 1.2 percent, according to the report.

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