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Brain injury has link with dementia

On Behalf of | May 14, 2015 | Brain Injury

Brain injuries are known to take their toll on a person’s physical and mental health. For instance, people in New York who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may struggle with dizziness and headaches, or they might have trouble remembering information. Recent research points to another potential side effect of a brain injury — dementia — but drugs may help injury victims facing this threat.

In one recent study, researchers studied mice that suffered traumatic brain injury. They gave the mice drugs in an effort to treat the injury. Following a regimen lasting three weeks, the study’s experimental group did not show signs of decline in their mental functioning, while mice in the study’s control group continued to experience deterioration of their cognitive and memory-related abilities.

When people suffer head injuries, certain cells are stimulated. This causes inflammation in their brains, which appears to be an essential mechanism in traumatic brain injury and even in Alzheimer’s. Why exactly this happens remains unknown; more research is needed to explain why and to determine if anti-inflammatory medication can be promising for helping traumatic brain injury patients long-term.

Brain injury can happen in a variety of situations, such as in a vehicle accident or even in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property in New York. If somebody else is at fault in these types of incidents, the person who suffered the traumatic brain injury has the right to seek to hold him or her accountable. The victim may file a civil liability suit against the person, pursuing monetary damages; if awarded, these damages may help to cover their losses related to the incident.

Source:, “Drug intervention for brain injury, dementia link may be effective”, Max Green, May 6, 2015


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