Researchers tracking protein in the brain have noticed hourly changes in the amyloid beta protein, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists used samples of brain fluid from the cells of 18 patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries.
Researchers found that the recovery from these brain injuries was associated with the increase of the protein amyloid beta.
“…the better the patient's overall neurological status, the higher his or her amyloid beta levels,” HealthDay News reported about the study.
However, researchers said that more studies will be needed to conclude why brain injury increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers believe that brain injury may prohibit the brain from compensating at the onset of Alzheimer’s, allowing the patient to show symptoms sooner.
Published On: August 29, 2008