Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases the buildup of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain, as found by a new study that suggests these plaques even form in areas not typical to Alzheimer’s disease.

Previous research has proposed that TBI can contribute to dementia, and this research was the premise the new study was based upon. The researchers found that moderate to severe TBI increased plaque buildup in nine middle-aged participants who were observed over a few months or years.

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