“Serious head injuries nearly double your risk of dementia”

“Serious head injuries nearly double your risk of dementia,” by Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

“Serious head injuries nearly double a person’s risk of developing dementia. That’s the message from an analysis of over 40,000 people who sustained some kind of head injury between 1986 and 2014. Half the people in the study had moderate-to-severe head injuries, which cause lesions in the brain and require a person to stay in hospital for three days or more. The other half had milder head injuries with no lesions, and were able to go home within a day. Comparing the longer-term health of these two groups revealed that the risk of developing non-Alzheimer’s dementia is 90 per cent higher in those with moderate-to-severe injuries, says Rahul Raj at the University of Helsinki, Finland.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Football head injuries are all over the news nowadays. These findings won’t quell those concerns.

Serious head injuries nearly double your risk of dementia