Every year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to the death and permanent disability of individuals in Boone County and throughout the rest of the country. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs cause 52,000 deaths every year and are responsible for over 275,000 hospitalizations. These injuries are caused by either or bump or blow to the head that disrupts the normal activities of the brain.
The effects of a TBI can be both physical and psychological and these symptoms may permanently subside over time or persist. Some of the more serious effects of a TBI include loss of consciousness and coordination, convulsions or seizures, weakness or numbness in the fingers and toes and unusual behavior. In addition to these effects, a new study discovered that TBIs could also lead to Alzheimer's disease.
What is Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a condition which causes memory loss and cognitive difficulties due to the death of brain cells. This disease is a form of dementia which begins slowly and then gets progressively worse over time. A person with Alzheimer's may be unable to take in or understand new information, have a difficult time exercising judgment and may be impaired when it comes to speaking, reading and writing.
What is the connection between Alzheimer's and TBIs?
According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, individuals that suffered from concussions were more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. The research studied the link between concussions and amyloid beta plaques in the brain. This study will hopefully shine more light on the effects of brain injuries in the future.
A researcher on the study performed brain scans on 589 people who were over the age of 70. It was found that:
- 141 of those studied showed signs of cognitive impairment.
- 17 percent of the people who stated they had memory problems had suffered from a brain injury.
- 18 percent of those with memory problems reported that they had suffered from a concussion or some other form of head trauma.
However, the brain scans of those involved showed no differences between those who had suffered from some sort of brain injury or trauma and those that had not. But, the brains scans of people that had suffered from head trauma in the past had 18 percent more amyloid beta plaques on their brains. This substance is a key indicator of Alzheimer's disease.
Living with a brain injury can be frustrating and debilitating, especially if the cause was not your own fault. If you suffered from a TBI as a result of the negligence of another, speak with an experienced attorney in your area that can help you figure out what legal action you should take next.