Is there a link between concussions and Alzheimer's?

Sometimes, an incident of head trauma will lead to an individual suffering a traumatic brain injury. One of the most well-known types of traumatic brain injuries are concussions. A study was recently conducted here in Minnesota regarding concussions.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic. It was recently published in "Neurology."

There were around 600 subjects in the study. Around a fourth of these subjects had mild cognitive impairment. The rest did not. All of the subjects were seniors.

The study made a noteworthy finding when it came to the subjects with mild cognitive impairment. The study found that the subjects with mild cognitive impairment who had a history of concussions had a higher likelihood of having elevated levels of certain brain plaques than the subjects with mild cognitive impairment who had no concussion history. The brain plaques in question are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

One of the researchers has said that the study's results indicate that there may be a link between head trauma and Alzheimer's-type dementia. It will be interesting to see if future studies confirm the existence of such a link and shed some light as to what the nature of the link is.

As this study shows, determining what effects concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can have on individuals is an ongoing effort among researchers.

The impacts of traumatic brain injuries can vary quite a bit from case to case. This can lead to some challenges when it comes to traumatic brain injury-related Social Security Disability claims. What often ends up being a major issue in SSD cases involving traumatic brain injuries is whether the impacts of the injury have left a person "disabled." Social Security Disability benefits attorneys understand the subtle nuances of SSD cases involving traumatic brain injuries and can assist individuals who are pursuing disability benefits in relation to a traumatic brain injury.

Source: WebMD, "Concussions Linked to Alzheimer's Risk in Study," Kathleen Doheny, Dec. 26, 2013

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