Risk of Parkinson’s Disease increased after brain injury, says UCLA study

Traumatic brain injuries sustained during traffic collisions, slip and falls or sports related games can greatly increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to UCLA medical researches.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that primarily affects people after the age of 65. Researches found that a mild brain injury could lead to a 15-percent loss of certain kinds of brain cells accelerating to 30-percent within 26 weeks. The loss of these specific types of brain cells may cause problems with movement, postural tremors and rigidity.

Source: OzarksFirst.com – “UCLA Study: Brain Trauma May Speed Parkinson’s Disease“, August 25, 2011