April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Large study shows concussions lead to increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Large study shows concussions lead to increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

The results of a study evaluating more than 300,000 U.S. military veterans showed even a mild a concussion resulting in a loss of consciousness increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease.  Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), commonly referred to as concussions, led to a 56% increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The study also showed that when the brain trauma was more severe, the risk of developing Parkinson’s was even higher; for those participants that suffered from a moderate or severe brain injury the increased risk was 83%.

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Parkinson’s disease is the second most common type of neurogenerative disease, second only to Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a progressive loss of muscle control leading to bradykinesia (slow movement), rigidity, resting tremor and postural instability.  As symptoms worsen, it may be difficult to walk, talk, and perform simple tasks. Non-motor symptoms can include; anxiety, depression, psychosis, and dementia.

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A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute there are approximately 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions each year in the United States and about 10% of those cases will result in a loss of consciousness.

This is not the first study to show a link between concussions and Parkinson’s disease but the it is the first study that looked at every single participant, providing the highest level of evidence to date and the first study to show a conclusive link between Parkinson’s and mild brain injury.

The study, published this month in Neurology, followed 325,870 veterans ranging from 31 to 65 years of age between 2002 and 2014. When the study started none of the participants had Parkinson’s disease or any form of dementia. Approximately half of the participants had suffered a mild, moderate or severe TBI prior to the start of the study while the other half of participants had not.

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Note: Despite all advances in stem cells research and the application of these therapies in many countries all over the world, stem cells therapies are not legally approved yet in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Jacksonville, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Miami, Beverly Hills and other US cities. However, stem cell treatments are legal in Costa Rica.

 

Reference:

Raquel C. Gardner, Amy L. Byers, Deborah E. Barnes, Yixia Li, John Boscardin, Kristine Yaffe.  Mild TBI and risk of Parkinson disease.  Neurology Apr. 2018, 10.1212/WNL.0000000000005522; DOI:10.1212/WNL.0000000000005522

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