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American football league promises to pay for head injury research

The National Football League has reiterated its intention to spend $30 million on brain research at the National Institutes of Health, after it was revealed that it had paid less than half the amount so far.

The NFL said it was in talks with the NIH about how to spend the remaining $16m, although the NIH has not confirmed this, the Washington Post reported on 26 July.

The partnership between the NFL and the NIH was first announced in 2012, after the NFL was accused of ignoring the dangers of concussions and other head injuries for years. Several studies have found evidence of lasting damage and degenerative conditions in players who sustained repeated blows to the head.

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