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Friday, August 19, 2016
Can Parkinsonian Symptoms Be Brought On by Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBI linked to Parkinson’s and Parkinson-related brain defects
Researchers at the Group Health Research Institute relates research to Muhammad Ali—and how we can prevent late-life injuries and falls for our families and ourselves.-JR
by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, executive director of Group Health Research Institute and vice president for research at Group Health
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion, is a big problem in older adulthood, the stage of life when accidents—especially falls—happen most often. Yet we hear a lot about TBI from sports, particularly football head injuries in younger people.
Muhammad Ali, who recently died, had a symptom complex called Parkinsonism. It’s very likely that multiple blows to the head from boxing set the stage for this condition. A new study that I helped to lead confirms concern over effects of TBI that threaten the structure and function of brain cells.