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Personal injury to the head may lead to dementia later on

A traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, might increase a patient's risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease down the road in Montana and elsewhere. This is the finding of a recent study examining head injuries. The research was the first one to use Alzheimer's disease cases confirmed via autopsies to look at the long-term impacts of personal injury accidents involving the head.

Previous studies could only speculate about the link between Alzheimer's and head injuries, as researchers lacked diagnostic methods that were definitive. In the current study, researchers analyzed over 2,100 cases. Through these cases, they learned that those who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and lost consciousness for more than five minutes ended up receiving dementia diagnoses about 2.5 years earlier than did individuals who had not suffered brain injuries.

Still, the researchers acknowledged that they were not aware of the particular processes by which brain injury is tied to Alzheimer's disease. In addition, they said they could not predict which individuals have a higher chance of developing dementia when they grow older. However, it appears that when someone suffers a brain injury, brain inflammation occurs, and this might lead to neurodegeneration later on.

Sometimes, brain injuries in Montana occur as a result of the carelessness of another person. For instance, this other person may have engaged in negligent driving, thus causing an accident that leads to brain injuries. In addition, a property owner who fails to keep up his or her property may cause a visitor to suffer a head injury. In these situations, the victim may choose to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, seeking damages. A successfully fought claim may lead to a monetary award that might help with addressing medical bills and other losses related to the brain injury-causing accident.   

Source: sciencedaily.com, "Brain injury may boost risk of Alzheimer's earlier in life", March 1, 2018

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