Children are more likely to develop neurodegenerative conditions like dementia, and the condition is more common in the elderly, a new study finds.
Neuroscientists at the University of Oxford and the University in Queensland in Australia used data from more than 2,000 children with neurodegenital diseases to find that the more children had experienced neurologic trauma in the past 12 months, the higher the risk of developing the condition.
But there was little difference between those with and without such trauma, according to a news release from the researchers.
This study adds to a growing body of research that suggests a link between neurological injuries and neurodegeners in adults.
Researchers have found that older adults are at a higher risk of neurodegening, particularly when their brains are damaged.
Neurodegeneration has become an increasingly pressing concern among health care professionals and advocates, and there’s been a recent increase in research linking the condition to stroke and dementia.
A recent study by the U.K.’s National Institute for Health Research found that children are more at risk of being diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and that adults have a higher rate of developing Alzheimer’s.
The study also found that the risk was greatest in children with childhood injuries or neglect.
The researchers examined data from a study of more than 7,000 older people in England that followed the progress of their brain scans in a hospital.
They then compared the results to data from the same study of children with similar injuries.
The results were promising, the researchers wrote in the release.
“We have recently shown that, in the context of childhood injuries, our results suggest that the neurodegender process can be accelerated in adults, even in those with no prior history of injuries to the brain,” they wrote.
“This suggests that a ‘slow’ neurodegenterisation, which occurs at a slower rate in children than in adults with no history of trauma to the developing brain, may be a promising biomarker for identifying children at increased risk for cognitive decline.”
They found that those with childhood trauma were three times more likely than controls to develop cognitive problems such as poor memory, confusion and a decrease in the amount of grey matter in the brain.
The findings were published today (Dec. 11) in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
The research is part of a growing trend of research into how the brain develops and functions.
This type of study was done before the development of the Internet and so is not comparable to the work that has been done in the lab, said Dr. David A. DeBenedetti, a neurologist at Stanford University School of Medicine who was not involved in the research.
“But there is a growing interest in examining these things in people,” he said.
“The potential for this kind of study is there, and it has a huge potential to identify potential risk factors for cognitive disease and dementia.”
The research team included Dr. Robert D. Daley, professor of neurology and neurology at the Yale School of Neuroscience and senior author on the Nature Neuroscience paper; Dr. Jonathan M. G. Deutsch, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School