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Are brain injuries linked to increased dementia risks?

Traumatic brain injuries are known to cause any number of health problems for people in Connecticut. In recent years, public discussion has explored the premise that suffering blows to the head might boost the chances of developing dementia. The Alzheimer's Association describes results from a number of studies on traumatic brain injuries that suggest there are possible links to developing Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia.

One important study showed that older persons possessed a 2.3 times greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s if they had a past history of moderate traumatic brain injuries. The chances were even greater for people who suffered severe traumatic brain injuries, with 4.5 times the risk. While other studies have supported this finding, there have been some studies that have not found such links, so universal consensus does not exist as yet.

Some people may wonder if suffering just one mild traumatic brain injury boosts the chances of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. The Alzheimer's Association article claimed that there is no evidence that supports this assertion. Still, studies have shown that a person might be at increased dementia risk by sustaining multiple mild traumatic brain injuries. Sports like boxing, soccer, football and hockey can facilitate repeated injuries that lead to a form of dementia known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The research on brain injuries and dementia is by no means complete. Researchers continue to investigate the reasons why different levels of traumatic brain injuries have an effect on developing dementia. However, there is evidence that shows some brain injuries can have consequences further down the road, which makes it important to be on the lookout for any evidence of cognitive impairment as the result of a traumatic brain injury.

This article is not written to give you legal advice. Because personal injuries are caused in many different ways, you should only read this article for your educational benefit.

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