Brain Injuries has a Risk to Cause Dementia

A study involving old veterans has raised new concern about mild brain injuries that has been suffered by thousands of United States of America (U.S.A.) soldiers from some explosions in the last war. “Brain concussion appears to increase Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later in life,” said Dr. Kristine Yaffe, Head of Research from the University of California, professor and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at San Francisco VA Medical Center, as quoted by the Straits Times on Monday (18/7/2011). Dementia is a term that is used to describe functional declination caused by abnormalities that occur in the brain. Dementia is not a disease and is not a syndrome. The common symptom of dementia is senile, whereas senile itself is not an indication of the occurrence of dementia. People with dementia often cannot think properly and then later cannot move properly. Therefore, they gradually lose the ability to solve problems and slowly become emotional; often it gets out of control. Traumatic brain injury is caused by the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Body armor helped the soldiers to survive from the bomb explosion, but long-term effects of head injuries were unknown.

A study, reported in the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in France, challenged the current view that only moderate or severe brain injuries can affect people suffering from dementia.
"Concussion or mild brain injury can put you at risk," says Laurie Ryan, a neurologist who has worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and now oversees Alzheimer's assistance in the U.S. National Institute on Aging.

Many of the diseases or syndromes are caused by dementia such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, AIDS, and others.

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