Online Buzz: Early-Life Concussions May Affect Brain Health in Later Years

If you've suffered a blackout concussion early in life, a new Mayo Clinic study shows your brain may be at risk for building up Alzheimer's-type plaques as you age. Published by the American Academy of Neurology, the research focuses on a test group of 589 individuals all 70 years and older. The participants who at some point in their lives had a concussion with at least momentary loss of consciousness or memory loss also had higher levels of fibrous protein deposits called amyloids in the brain. Amyloids are associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

In reviewing the findings about the elderly research subjects, Mayo Clinic study author Michelle Mielke, Ph.D., notes, "Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal."

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