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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.

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