A new study has discovered the distribution of white matter abnormalities found in some patients with mTBI closely resemble those seen in early Alzheimer's disease.
Using MRI scans on patients with multiple sclerosis and associated cognitive problems, researchers noted extra white matter dysfunction in areas important for cognitive skills.
A new study found soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild TBI have measurable abnormalities in white matter when compared to returning veterans who have not experienced TBI. These abnormalities appear to be related to the severity of the injury and are related to cognitive deficits.
Researchers report that the protein Klotho plays an important role in the health of myelin, the insulating material allowing for the rapid communication between nerve cells. These findings may lead to new therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD).