New Study Links Concussions to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

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The term “brain injury” sounds a great deal more severe than the word “concussion.” What many injured victims don’t always understand is that a concussion diagnosis should elicit the same concern, especially when looking at long-term effects.

Closed head injuries can happen in a multitude of scenarios: motor vehicle accidents, sports related injuries, catastrophic injuries, workplace accidents, or even an incident as simple as a slip and fall.

Any and all head injuries should be addressed immediately and followed up with proper medical attention. The reason is simple:

A new study indicates concussions may actually magnify the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Suffering one or multiple concussions can increase this risk, but genetic factors play a role as well.

The research study was conducted by Boston University School of Medicine on 160 military veterans.  Their findings identified several factors:

  • A traumatic brain injury associates with the lower cortical thickness
  • The brain region where the lower cortical lays is the first area to be affected in Alzheimer’s disease
  • When a concussion occurs, it is possible that the cortical thickness accelerates
  • Memory decline is also a key factor in relation to the lower cortical and a concussion
  • Many of the study subjects suffered concussions that resulted in unconsciousness
  • Cortical thickness was found in both veterans who suffered multiple concussions as well as one concussion
  • Those with a high-risk genetic history and a concussion were subject to a higher likelihood of less gray matter in the brain

What does this mean for catastrophic injury victims?

When I take on a car accident, catastrophic injury or workplace accident claim that results in a serious traumatic brain injury, I understand the potential long-term effects for my client.

If you have suffered anything from a mild concussion to serious head injury, I urge you to seek medical attention so that you receive the proper treatment and diagnosis. Delaying your treatment can be life threatening or seriously affect your long-term health!

Before you agree to a settlement on your claim, contact an experienced attorney to make sure you receive the compensation necessary to address any possible future health issues. As your Ohio catastrophic injury attorney, I will be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!® 

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

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New Study Links Concussions to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
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For years I have been pushing education and awareness for traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, resulting from catastrophic injury. Medical studies have shown increased risk for severe, long-term damages to a head injury victim but a new study identifies another serious risk. Contact me today if you or a loved one suffered a head injury due to a catastrophic injury.
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