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Traumatic Brain Injury Ups Dementia Risk in Older Adults

Friday, November 7, 2014  
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Adults in their mid-50s and older who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a fall or other mishap are at increased risk for dementia, a new study, from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California, hints. More than 60% of all hospital admissions for TBI are in people aged 55 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the researchers write. The highest rates of TBI-related emergency department visits, inpatient visits, and deaths are among people 75 and older. Prior studies looking at a possible link between a single TBI and the risk for dementia have yielded conflicting results, and most have not included patients with non-TBI trauma (NTT) as controls, the study team says.  Researchers quantified the risk for dementia in adults with recent TBI compared with adults with NTT.  Click here to read more.....

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