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Is there a link between concussions and dementia?

Is there a link between concussions and dementia?

Yes: There is more and more evidence about the effect of small craneoencephlic injuries or trauma to the brain and developing dementia. Athletes have 6%more changes of developing dementia ( not alzheimers ) comparing with other populations.Some recent epidemiologic studies have shown that head injury is a risk factor for the development of dementia/alzheimer disease, whereas others have not. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


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Can you get dementia from a head trauma like concussions?

Can you get dementia from a head trauma like concussions?

YES: Tap a bowl of jell-o. The bowl is your head; the jell-o, your brain. The brain continues after the head stops. And like a wave, back and forth. The delicate vessels between the two weaken or even eventually tear. Each future ''tap'' is added on. Without good blood flow, parts of your brain die. This is origin of ''punch-drunk''.Worse is parkinson-like symptoms-think muhammed ali. ...Read more

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Is there a link between dementia and slightly low levels of vitamin d with a lowered white blood cell count?

Is there a link between dementia and slightly low levels of vitamin d with a lowered white blood cell count?

Perhaps, it depends: I don't have enough info to know in your situation. There are many causes of dementia. Low white count may signify chronic viral infection or infections like Lyme which can cause dementia. Low D is associated with impaired immunity, inflammation & increased risk of autoimmunity,all of which can aggravate dementia.Check B12 levels, thyroid, heavy metal toxicity etc. Consult an integrative MD or ND. ...Read more

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New study links proton pump inhibitors with dementia. But this is just one study. How much validity is there to this conclusion?

New study links proton pump inhibitors with dementia. But this is just one study. How much validity is there to this conclusion?

Enough to be alert: Excellent question for new findings on a commonly used medical class. Were you aware that men show increase in hip fractures as well? Sometimes it is only after a new drug has been used on many many people over time that we find new problems that did not show up in original tastings. The real question is why you are using it, and is there a safer alternative? Then you can determine relative risk ...Read more

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How strong is the link between being rem sleep disorder and developing Parkinson's/Lewy body dementia? Is this something to be very worried about?

How strong is the link between being rem sleep disorder and developing Parkinson's/Lewy body dementia? Is this something to be very worried about?

Worry never helps: That said, there is great interest in the relationships. It's often the best early sign of the diseases. So, do talk w/ your Dr and pursue early treatment. That's been the best way to delay and arrest progress and minimize symptoms. Worry is costly and can make symptoms worse. Just be smart and do good research by asking good ?s and working w/ Dr on plans. I wish you the best! ...Read more

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Eyes misaligned(left crossed) when focusing, or relaxed. 2 yrs ago Hit frontal bonecorner of wall. There was bleeding, no concussion. Possible link?

Eyes misaligned(left crossed) when focusing, or relaxed. 2 yrs ago Hit frontal bonecorner of wall. There was bleeding, no concussion. Possible link?

Yes can be linked: Head injuries are 1 of the most overlooked causes of ocular misalignments & motility abnormalities. You may have had a concussion without realizing it. Concussion does not require loss of consciousness for the brain to have suffered damage. You should see a doctor for the potential concussion (e.g. neurologist) & a neuro-ophthalmologist for the crossed eye condition. Repair may be possible. ...Read more

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Can a cold affect dementia?

Can a cold affect dementia?

Sort of: When someone with dementia has an acute illness it taxes what cognitive reserves they have. So a cold will not change the course of the illness or the brain cell death involved but may worsen cognition or behavior problems . ...Read more

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Why do people get dementia?

Why do people get dementia?

Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more

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How do you treat/care for dementia?

Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

Concussion is an injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more