The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have awarded Virginia Commonwealth University $50 million to explore the long-term impacts of combat concussion to better understand the relationship between concussions and future neurological conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease in military personnel. Nearly 384,000 U.S. service members experienced a traumatic brain injury between 2000 and June 2018, over 80% were classified as “mild,” another descriptor for a concussion. Previous research has associated traumatic brain injury with increased risk for dementia and other conditions, including Parkinson’s, suicide risk and Alzheimer’s disease.
November 20, 2019
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