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The Surprising Connection Between Brain Injuries And Crime

Here’s a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into the connection between brain trauma and the behaviors that keep people in the […]

MRI May Prevent Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis In Seniors With Memory Loss

With the use of MRI scans, it is possible to distinguish between memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury, according to a UCLA-led study. The finding[1] is important because it could help prevent a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, which can be devastating for patients and their families. A previous study found that […]

Unique Tau Filament Structures Found In Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

The atomic structures of the abnormal tau filaments associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a head injury-associated neurodegenerative disease, are investigated in new research from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB). The work found that the filaments differ in structure from those seen in Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis of […]

Fibrinogen Promotes Synapse Loss In Alzheimer’s Disease Model

A blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen is responsible for a series of molecular and cellular events that can destroy connections between neurons in the brain and result in cognitive decline, new research shows. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, led by Senior Investigator Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D., used state-of-the-art imaging technology to study both mouse brains and human […]

Cell Study Reveals How Head Injuries Lead To Serious Brain Diseases

How head injuries adversely affect individual cells and genes that can lead to serious brain disorders is detailed in a new study from biologists at UCLA. The scientists provide the first cell “atlas” of the hippocampus when it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The team also proposes gene candidates for treating brain diseases associated […]