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Neurology lifts NFL-Alzheimer’s embargo study early after break

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The journal Neurology has lifted the embargo early on a study showing a higher rate of death due to Alzheimer’s disease among former NFL players, after a story ran this morning:

Because of an embargo break, the following study to be published in Neurology®, “Neurodegenerative causes of death among retired National Football League players” originally embargoed until 4pm ET, today, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, is for immediate release.

The study was originally embargoed until 4 p.m. Eastern today.

Neurology‘s publisher, the American Academy of Neurology, tells Embargo Watch they were “forced to lift the embargo” after this story appeared on US News’ website, and that they are “currently reviewing the situation” to see what happened.

Here’s Reuters Health’s story about the study, posted after the embargo was lifted.

Neurology, Embargo Watch readers may recall, broke their own embargo last year — twice. But they did the right thing immediately, by lifting the embargo, as they seem to have done here.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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