TBI 'may trigger Alzheimer's'

Posted on 19 July 2011

Acquiring a single traumatic brain injury could trigger an Alzheimer's-like neurodegenerative process in the brain, research has shown, which could potentially leave people in need of ways to pay for care.

Even in young adults, plaques and tangles linked with Alzheimer's were seen, and appeared to be initiated or accelerated by a single traumatic brain injury, according to the study published online in journal Brain Pathology.

The University of Pennsylvania's Douglas Smith, co-senior author of the study, said: "A single traumatic brain injury is very serious, both initially, and as we're now learning, even later in life."

Meanwhile, research at the San Francisco VA Medical Center revealed that over half of all cases of Alzheimer's are preventable.

Scientists analysed a number of studies and found that lifestyle elements such as smoking, education and physical activity could be altered to lessen the chance of the individual developing the neurodegenerative condition.

Posted by Natalie Edwards



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