Blogs Articles Organizations Biography Jack's Book Contact Information Links

Navigation: SOS Sisson > Traumatic Injury Blog

Jack Sisson's TBI Blog

A hug is duct tape for the soul.

Jack recently received some good news and some bad news. The good news is that he does not have Parkinson's Disease, as was diagnosed last year. That erroneous diagnosis was the result of three years of visits to doctors, specialists, tests, and more tests. It was a Parkinson's specialist at Shand's Hospital who delivered the good news. The bad news, however, is that he suffers the onset of dementia, one of the worst things Jack can imagine. He has always prized his independence, and fervently hoped that he would be able to continue to live independently. Maybe he will. Jack has defied the odds before. If I had to bet on this, I'd be putting my money on Jack.

From Internal Medicine News:
PARIS – Traumatic brain injury may double the risk of developing dementia, according to findings from a study of more than 280,000 U.S. veterans.

The risk of dementia over 7 years was 15.3% in 4,902 veterans who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis in 1997-2000, compared with 6.8% in those without a TBI diagnosis. The comparison yielded a hazard ratio of 2.3 for those with any TBI diagnosis after adjustment for age, sex, race, and multiple medical and psychiatric conditions.

The difference was statistically significant for all TBI types, including intracranial injury (the most common form, which accounted for 40% of the injuries among the veterans) as well as for concussion, postconcussion syndrome, head fracture, and unspecified head injury, Dr. Kristine Yaffe and her colleagues reported in a poster on July 18 at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

The findings also offer some hope that early treatment and rehabilitation after TBI could help ward off dementia, and they underscore the need for monitoring affected older adults for signs of cognitive impairment following a TBI, Dr. Yaffe said at the conference.

Keep reading.

Labels: , , , , ,

TBI Film Reviews
TBI Book Reviews
Traumatic Brain Injury Law Blog
Brain Blog
Brain Blogger
SoapBlox/Chicago: Protecting Our Troops
Head Injury Survival Journal
Losing the Physical Self

Tower of Hanoi: Instructions for this popular puzzle can be viewed simply by clicking the Instructions button on that page.

May 2005   June 2005   July 2005   August 2005   September 2005   October 2005   November 2005   August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   December 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   January 2009   March 2009   April 2009   December 2009   April 2010   May 2010   June 2010   July 2010   August 2010   September 2010   October 2010   November 2010   January 2011   February 2011   March 2011   April 2011   May 2011   June 2011   July 2011   August 2011   September 2011   October 2011   November 2011   December 2011   January 2012   February 2012   March 2012   April 2012   May 2012   June 2012   October 2012   November 2012   December 2012   January 2013   February 2013   March 2013   April 2013   May 2013   June 2013   October 2013  


This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

FindingBlog - Blog Directory