Concussion May Accelerate Alzheimer’s

Concussion May Accelerate Alzheimer’sConcussion May Accelerate Alzheimer’s

Concussion may accelerate cognitive decline related to Alzheimer’s disease, especially in people who are at genetic risk for the disorder.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine in the US studied 160 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, some who had suffered one or more concussions and some who had never had a concussion, Neuroscience News reported.

Using MRI imaging, the thickness of their cerebral cortex was measured in seven regions that are the first to show atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease.

“We found that having a concussion was associated with a lower cortical thickness in brain regions that are the first to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jasmeet Hayes, assistant professor at Boston University.

Of particular note was that these brain abnormalities were found in a relatively young group, with the average age being 32 years.

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