Head injuries could also result to Alzheimer’s disease

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Head injuries have been further linked to cause early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This new development was reviewed in a research publication in the journal of Neuropsychology by Dr. Munro Cullum and his team, University of Texas Southwestern Dallas.

The study further agrees to the long worry that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Munro and his team of Neuropsychologists came to this conclusion after analyzing 2,133 postmortem cases of people who had been diagnosed of Alzheimer’s disease. The study showed that persons who suffered from TBI with loss of consciousness for more than 5 minutes were generally diagnosed of Alzheimer’s disease earlier than their counterparts who didn’t have head injuries.

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This new study further increases earlier worries raised on the risk of head injuries arising from contact sports such as football and its likelihood of causing brain problems later in life.

 A report from the National Health Statistics, 2016 had reviewed that between 2012 and 2014 Americans from the age of 5 and above sustained an average of 8.6 million sports and recreation-related injury episodes yearly. However, the research team has not advised parents to restrict their wards from engaging in contact sports reason being that they are yet to know the particular cases in which head injuries actually causes these brain related problems later in life.

This was delivered in a statement by Dr. Munro who stated, “We need to be aware that brain injury is a risk factor, but parents shouldn’t keep their kids out of sports because they fear a concussion will lead to dementia. This is a piece to the puzzle, a step in the direction of understanding how the two are linked.”


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