Link Between Brain Injuries, Alzheimer’s Focused On

August 29, 2008

A new study soon to be published in the journal Science has put a great deal of focus on the link between brain injuries and the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease...Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study soon to be published in the journal Science has put a great deal of focus on the link between brain injuries and the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Common belief for quite some time has been that is you sustain a severe brain injury, it will lead to an increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s as you get older.

Taking this idea and running with it are researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, as well as from the University of Milan.

They looked at a total of 18 different patients,who in the past all had suffered brain trauma from an injury.

They acted by taking fluid samples from their brain cells.

What researchers found was changes in a certain protein, amyloid beta.

This protein, amyloid beta, is known to cause plaque build-up in the brain and lead to Alzheimer’s.  The hope is that scientists can take this research and use it for further medical advancements and treatments.


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