Brain injury researchers are constantly searching for better ways to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries. Additionally, researchers are making strides towards understanding how brain injuries effect victims long term.
How common are brain injuries? According to the Brain Injury Association of New York State every 13 seconds someone in the U.S. suffers a traumatic brain injury.
Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic, University of Utah, Rush University Medical Center and Group Health Research Institute just released findings from a new study focused on long-term effects of TBI. Their findings conclude those who suffer a brain injury with a loss of consciousness could be at a heightened risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Historically clinicians associated TBI and Alzheimers/dementia but this new research failed to identify a statistically significant relationship between TBI with loss of consciousness and Alzheimers.
Parkinsons and Alzheimers sometimes present similar symptoms but the two diseases effect different parts of the brain and require different treatment. This new study has the potential to help countless patients and clinicians in understanding what patients are suffering from and what treatments are appropriate.
“These findings suggest that clinicians may be misdiagnosing late-life TBI-related neurodegeneration as Alzheimer’s disease, and therefore treatment targeting Alzheimer’s would be ineffective in helping late-life decline among patients who experienced TBI.” – Health Care Business
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