Medical News Today - Preventive Measures, Genetic Risks, New Diagnostic Tools Needed To Identify Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Athletes, Soldiers
One of the most controversial topics in neurology today is the prevalence of serious permanent brain damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Long-term studies and a search for genetic risk factors are required in order to predict an individual’s risk for serious permanent brain damage, according to a review article published by Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in a special issue of Nature Reviews Neurology dedicated to TBI . About one percent of the population in the developed world has experienced TBI, which can cause serious long-term complications such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is marked by neuropsychiatric features such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and aggression.
-Dr. Sam Gandy, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai