Brain injury may boost risk of Alzheimer’s earlier in life

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease earlier in life, according to a new studyNeuropsychology | via ScienceDaily

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New research examining the long-term effects of head injuries supports a correlation that could only be speculated about in previous studies. The research  analysed  more than 2,100 cases of  people who sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) with loss of consciousness greater than five minutes, and found that these people were diagnosed with dementia on average two and a half years earlier than those who had not experienced TBI.

The findings come amid rising public concern over the safety of contact sports such as football, largely stemming from revelations that some former NFL players may have sustained permanent damage to their brains from repeated head impacts.

Full story at ScienceDaily

Full reference: Schaffert, J et al. |  Traumatic Brain Injury History Is Associated With an Earlier Age of Dementia Onset in Autopsy-Confirmed Alzheimer’s Disease | Neuropsychology| 2018

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