dementia

Head injuries from war and football may increase dementia risk

Friday, July 29, 2011 by: Mary West
Tags: head injuries, dementia, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Head injuries incurred in war and also in football may significantly increase the risk of developing dementia later in life, according to two recent studies: The Australian reports.

Research at San Francisco Veterans Association Medical Center found that older war veterans who sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) on the battlefield are at double risk of contracting dementia. Investigators analyzed the medical records of over 280,000 US veterans aged 55 and older and found the incidence of dementia was 15.3% in ex-soldiers who had suffered TBI as opposed to 6.8% in former solders who had not.

Author of the California study, Kristine Yaffe, states that the issue is of great import, due to the widespread prevalence of traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 1.5 million Americans experience this type of injury every year, mostly as a result of falls and car crashes. These injuries are also referred to as the signature wound of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The investigation indicates that the death and injury of axons, which are structures that form connections among nerve cells in the brain, may be the causative factor of the increased dementia risk. When head injuries traumatize axons, these structures swell from the accumulation of proteins called beta-amyloid. These proteins are an indicator of Alzheimer's, as amyloid plaques are present in the brains of those with this disease. Researchers feel it is possible that even a single incidence of TBI can produce damage that would result in earlier manifestation of Alzheimer's symptoms: Internal Medicine News notes.

It appears that the possible link between TBI and increased dementia risk was found not only in war veterans, but in ex-football players as well. In a second study, scientists at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago discovered retired pro football players may have a very high risk of cognitive impairment that they postulated is likely due to repetitive head trauma.

In this study, researchers evaluated 500 former football players, having a mean age of 61, and found that 35% displayed indications of possible dementia. These results contrast with the fact that only 13% of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from some form of Alzheimer's.

The investigators analyzed the data further to identify those with mild cognitive disorder (MCI), which is a condition which frequently leads to advanced dementia or Alzheimer's. Results of neurological and psychological tests of the ex-football players were compared to two control groups: adults with similar demographic characteristics who were cognitively normal and non-athlete adults diagnosed with MCI. The former athletes were definitely cognitively impaired in comparison to normal adults. Furthermore, the athletes showed only slightly less impairment than the non-athlete group diagnosed with MCI, even though they were much younger.

Yaffe states that scientists are acquiring a greater understanding that head injury is an important risk factor for later contracting dementia.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/w...

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/neu...

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/9005...



About the author

Mary West is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You may visit her website to learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com.


Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.