I read an article in the NY Times today about the recent published journal about the effect of head trauma on professional athletes. The reporter did a good job of highlighting the goals and procedures of the research and the results of the study.
According to the article, the study was conducted over 4 years with samples of brains donated from major athletes and veterans who had exhibited the symptoms before death. The study was conducted by investigators at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. The study started out with an initial question about the link between head trauma and long-term degenerative brain diseases. The reporter mentions that "the researchers expected the details in the study to dispel doubts about the likelihood that many years of head trauma can lead to C.T.E", but as is the case with many studies, the results were not what the researchers expected but gave new insights.
The research for this study was relevant and showed a new insight into the field that merited its reporting.