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Links Between Single TBI and Alzheimer's Noted

Every year 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and beyond the immediate effects, researchers* are finding that even a single incidence may initiate long-term processes that further damage the brain. TBI is an established risk factor for later development of cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.

"A single traumatic brain injury is very serious, both initially, and as we're now learning, even later in life," said Douglas Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, the study's co-senior author. "Plaques and tangles are appearing abnormally early in life, apparently initiated or accelerated by a single TBI."

This is of course, especially troubling for Service Members as TBI has often been called the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In many instances, Service Members suffer TBI caused by explosive devices, falls and vehicle or motorcycle accidents. There is not an agreed upon number of how many Service Members could have experienced TBI, according to Department of Defense officials.

Resources:

Traumatic Brain Injury Organizations

America's Heroes at Work Links TBI/PTSD

 

*The study appears online in Brain Pathology, and was done in conjunction with neuropathologist Dr. William Stewart, from the University of Glasgow and Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, UK.

 

 


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