HealthDay - Dr. Sam Gandy: “Ex-NFL Players May Face Higher Brain Damage Risk: Study”

New York, NY
 – July 18, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Retired pro football players may face a higher risk of mild cognitive impairment, a potential precursor of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. A second study found military veterans who had suffered a traumatic brain injury faced more than twice the risk of developing dementia. "Traumatic head injury is the best known environmental risk for late-life dementia," said Dr. Sam Gandy, a professor of neurology and psychiatry and associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in New York City. "Football, soccer, hockey and exposures to IEDs [improvised explosive devices] in Iraq and Afghanistan are all contributing to the incidence of late-life dementia," he added. Learn more