Severe head injury precursor to Parkinson’s according to new study

A new study performed on head injury victims has made a link between sufferers of severe head injury with loss of consciousness and a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. The risk amongst the severe head injury patients was found to be 11 times greater according to the study’s author from the Mayo Clinic.

There were three explanations for the findings produced by the study team. One explanation was that when a head injury is suffered the blood brain barrier is disrupted so certain poisons from the bloodstream can get into the brain and lead to cell death, which can take years to happen. The head injury may also cause brain cells to produce new proteins that can lead to cell death, or the least likely explanation according to the study author is that following a head injury some cells are lost and with aging and cell death it can reach a point when Parkinson’s develops.

Physical therapy may help brain injury recovery

Findings by a team of researchers in Germany and the United States may indicate that after suffering a brain injury, highly specific therapeutic plans can help with resetting the brain’s image of the body. More research and studies will be performed on the possibility of developing new therapies and improving rehabilitation of motor and sensory disorders in brain injury patients.

Traumatic brain injury more common than realized

One of the most common neurological conditions someone can have is a brain injury that can result in drastic behavioral changes. Depending on the area of the brain the traumatic brain injury occurs at can affect what type of damage is suffered. Traumatic brain injuries occur for a wide range of reasons on a scale much larger than most people ever realize.

Taking as many precautions as possible to reduce risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury can help needless suffering and pain. Serious traumatic brain injury victims often feel they have lost part of themselves and must sometimes relearn how to do things that once came second nature to them.