Concussions Tied To Alzheimer’s Risk In Elderly Adults With MCI.

USA Today (12/27, Weintraub) reports, “Having a serious concussion could be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s decades later – though not everyone with head trauma will lose their memory,” according to a study published Dec. 26 in the journal Neurology.

The Los Angeles Times (12/27, Mohan) reports that “elderly people who have both mild cognitive impairment [MCI] and a history of serious concussion showed higher amounts of the protein deposits associated with Alzheimer’s disease.” For the study, researchers “enlisted 589 elderly residents of surrounding Olmsted County, beginning in 2004, and administered a battery of cognitive and memory tests, along with brain scans that reveal both structure and metabolic function.”

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— “Alzheimer’s risk tied to concussions in some, “Karen Weintraub, USA Today, December 27, 2013.

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