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Study Shows Head Injuries Linked To Dementia

July 19, 2011 by staff 

Study Shows Head Injuries Linked To DementiaStudy Shows Head Injuries Linked To Dementia, A study of more than 280,000 veterans shows the risk of developing dementia doubles if they had a brain injury. In fact, the seven-year study found that more than 15 percent of veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury suffered later from dementia, while only 6.7 percent of those not exposed symptoms were wounded.

FOX 9 News talked with Brad Donaldson, the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, on the results of the study and the possible relationship between brain injury and dementia. A new study by the Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association International, is leading to fears that even minor head trauma and brain may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Recent research by the view that only moderate to severe brain trauma, which poses an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This new study shows that any trauma, such as a mild concussion may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer twice.

The medical records of 300 000 U.S. Veterans were screened for traumatic brain injury from 1997 to 2007.

People with TBI were found to have dementia at a rate of 15.3%.

While veterans without brain injury, only had a rate of dementia of 6.8 %….

Some experts say the rise in traumatic brain injury due to fighting, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, could have consequences for the whole country in the future.

According to Tracey Kendall, Director of the Extension for the Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, “They’re calling the” looming epidemic, “and we’ve been hearing that for years, but in 2025 the cost of care for these people going to bankrupt the federal government. You know a lot of times, especially … think the victims of war, and things of that nature dementia. Is probably the last thing I think? ”

Another study by the CIAC, involving retired NFL players, showed that 35% of the players, more than 50 years who responded to the survey, there was a possible dementia.

Currently in the United States, 1 in 8 of those over 65 have Alzheimer’s, while 1 out of every two older people (50%) over the age of 85 suffers from Alzheimer’s.

How to protect you from a traumatic brain injury is a way to help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Each year we are a point-seven million people suffer brain injuries from falls and car accidents.

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