Several studies have suggested that brain injuries, particularly from war wounds and American football, put a person at a significantly greater risk of dementia later in life, and now, three new studies revealed at the Alzheimer’s conference in Paris revealed similar findings. Veterans who suffered head injuries were at twice the risk of developing dementia as a person who hadn’t suffered from such an injury. Read more about the predictors of Alzheimer’s here.
Measuring certain proteins, in addition to MRI-based brain atrophy evaluation, improves the ability to predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will progress quickly to Alzheimer’s disease, said a UCLA researcher. Major atrophy in itself was a sign of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but learning about the specfic proteins was an even stronger sign of the disease.Read the science behind the findings here.