The American Academy of Neurology recently published a study that suggests that a single concussion could increase one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by a staggering 56%.
The researchers followed veterans for several years and although there were many variables within the study, it did suggest that those that experienced a traumatic brain injury were at greater risk in developing the disease.
Whether other factors such as PTSD or substance abuse contributed to the findings it does suggest there is much work needed in this area. Treating even a minor brain injury or concussion properly is a good first step and although no two concussions are the same it is important to seek professional medical advice and follow the proper protocols.
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