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New study ties TBI and loss of consciousness with Parkinson's

Much health care-related research and literature is centrally devoted to a perceived link between certain types of head injury and the later onset of dementia in life.

A predominant thrust of much scrutiny into that subject stresses the importance of an early and accurate brain injury diagnosis, coupled with timely and proper treatment, to minimize future complications.

Coupled with those imperatives is, of course, the strong need that many brain injury victims have for meaningful personal injury compensation, especially when the catalyst in the harm they have suffered is third-party negligence.

A newly released TBI-related study is gaining considerable interest in the medical community and among lay people who pay close attention to brain injuries and their aftereffects. The study was conducted by a tag team of researchers from the University of Washington and New York City's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The researchers have concluded from their analysis of head injury data relevant to more than 7,100 adults that a discernible link can be seen in some instances between traumatic brain injury coupled with loss of consciousness and Parkinson's disease later in life. Notably, the scientists say that a similarly evident link was not observed with TBI and unconsciousness and Alzheimer's disease.

As noted in a media article, that central finding "contradicts common assumptions about the relationship between TBI and Alzheimer's disease as found in other high-profile studies."

A discussion of the study and its findings is available in the most recent publication of JAMA Neurology.

Fundamentally, the research stresses the medical community's incomplete knowledge regarding TBI and later-developed complications stemming from it, as well as the evolving knowledge that is being gained in the field.

There is no question that serious head injuries can result in long-term and material cognitive impairment. Questions and concerns regarding head trauma can be directed to a seasoned personal injury attorney who advocates extensively on behalf of injury victims who have suffered from the negligent acts or omissions of other parties.

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