Concussion Damage Looks Much Like Early Alzheimer's: Study

Title: Concussion Damage Looks Much Like Early Alzheimer's: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/18/2013 10:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, where 1.4 million people sustain a TBI annually and 3 to 5 million are currently living with a TBI-associated disability. Concussions are a common component of TBI. Severe TBI, such as events that involve a loss of consciousness, has received a lot of attention; it is known that athletes who experience a high rate of these events have an increased risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. What is less known is the short-term and long-term effects of events that do not involve a loss of consciousness. One of the most feared long-term...
Source: JAMA Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusion We have reviewed the literature and identified blood biomarkers with the highest discriminative abilities as determined by operating characteristics in four commonly encountered clinical situations: diagnosing concussion, predicting the need for a CT scan after mTBI, predicting delayed recovery after mTBI, and predicting poor outcome after sTBI. The top performers in each category may provide insight into pathogenic mechanisms of TBI that most influence the measured endpoint. Nonetheless, many challenges remain before these biomarkers can be incorporated into clinical practice. In particular, it remains unclear...
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CNN) — After examining the brains of former professional football players, researchers might be a step closer to diagnosing the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the living, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers utilized PET imaging to find tau, an abnormal protein that’s a signature indicator of CTE, using a radioactive drug or tracer called flortaucipir. The researchers imaged the brains of 26 living former football players and compared them with the brains of 31 people with no history of traumatic brain injury. (WBZ-TV) Th...
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Every caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson's or any other related dementia faces this gut wrenching question -Should I put my loved with dementia in a nursing home or memory care facility?By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomWe all face this gut wrenching decision. Most of us don't want to do it. But sometimes, it is the only decision, and only right decision.There are a long list of reasons why you might have to place your loved one in a nursing home or long term care memory facility.Topic -Dementia CareLet me start by making this clear -it is not your fault.It is not your fault th...
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Neuro-technology specialist, SyncThink is finding its way into the realm of augmented reality (AR) through a new collaboration with Magic Leap, a special computing technology company. Under the agreement, the Palo Alto, CA-based company will bring its brain health assessments and therapy applications to Magic Leap’s One Platform. SyncThink has developed an eye tracking solution that can give insight on the brain’s health. “We use eye tracking to assess a person's brain health status,” Laura Yecies, SyncThink CEO, told MD+DI. â€&#...
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UCLA biologists have discovered how head injuries adversely affect individual cells and genes  that can lead to serious brain disorders. The life scientists provide the first cell “atlas” of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory — when it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The team also proposes gene candidates for treating brain disease s associated with traumatic brain injury, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.The researchers studied more than 6,000 cells in 15 hippocampal cell types — the first study of in...
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Scientists at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have developed a method implemented as pulse sequences and software to be used with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and systems. This technology is available for licensing and commercial development. The method allows for measuring and mapping features of the bulk or average apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water in tissue – aiding in stroke diagnosis and cancer therapy assessment. The pulse sequences and software enable MRI scanners to yield diffusion weighted images (DWI) that are orientationa...
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A University of California (UCSF) led study has suggested that concussion, even without loss of conciousness, can increase a person's risk of dementia.
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