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Brain injury may be connected to ALS

Brain injuries in West Virginia and other areas of the United States have been linked to a neurodegenerative condition called Lou Gehrig's disease. A new study is also trying to find a link between brain injury and ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The recent research involved about 20 investigators from several nations.

As part of the research, the activities of more than 600 ALS patients were tracked and compared with those of more than 1,160 people who didn't have ALS. According to the results, physical activity -- such as exercise, sports or work -- didn't necessarily increase an individual's risk of getting the disease. In fact, physical activity may actually provide protection against this disease.

However, the findings showed that enduring many hits to one's head increases one's ALS risk. People who sustained a minimum of two concussions had a greater chance of developing ALS, compared with those who had never suffered head injuries. An increasing amount of research is also linking brain injuries to Alzheimer's disease.

These researchers show that experiencing a blow to the brain can physically and mentally affect a person in more ways than many individuals realize. If a person's brain injury was due to another individual's carelessness in West Virginia -- such as negligence on the road -- then the injured victim reserves the right to try to hold the allegedly negligent party financially responsible for the injuries. Claims for financial damages will be adjudicated in the victim's favor if liability can be established in a way that the court deems satisfactory.

Source:, "Head Injuries Increase ALS Risk: Study", , Sept. 3, 2014

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