Medical News Today - Preventive Measures, Genetic Risks, New Diagnostic Tools Needed To Identify Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Athletes, Soldiers

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 – April 9, 2013  –– 

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
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