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Link found between traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's, but not Alzheimer's

(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a loss of consciousness (LOC) may be associated with later development of Parkinson's disease but not Alzheimer's disease or incident dementia, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Washington School of Medicine. The research … contradicts common assumptions about the relationship between TBI and Alzheimer's disease as found in other high-profile studies...
These findings suggest that clinicians may be misdiagnosing late-life TBI-related neurodegeneration as Alzheimer's disease, and therefore treatment targeting Alzheimer's would be ineffective in helping late-life decline among patients who experienced TBI. Further work is needed to characterize post-TBI neurodegeneration.
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