April 6th, 2010


Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

I don't have a subscription but this would make a fascinating read and I wonder if they made a direct connection with CTE, given the latest articles about football players and head trauma. Now that I have so many of the symptoms of CTE, I am hoping more study of domestic violence head trauma will be conducted.

Vol. 27, No. 1, 2006
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Original Paper

Evaluating Spousal Abuse as a Potential Risk Factor for Alzheimer's Disease: Rationale, Needs and Challenges

Fok-Han Leungd, Kara Thompsona, Donald F. Weavera-c

Departments of
cBiomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, and
dSchool of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Neuroepidemiology 2006;27:13-16 (DOI: 10.1159/000093894)

* Alzheimer's disease, risk factors
* Dementia
* Spousal abuse
* Wife assault

Background: Repetitive head trauma is an identified risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The violence in wife assault is repetitive and targets the head. This association provides a rationale for studying the relationship between spousal abuse and AD. Design: To preliminarily evaluate the possibility of an increased susceptibility for AD in women subjected to spousal abuse and to identify challenges associated with such a study, we performed a pilot case-control study involving women with AD and compared the incidence of spousal abuse against two control groups. Forty consecutive women with AD referred to a Memory Disorders Clinic were enrolled. Individuals were evaluated at three visits (0, 3, 9 months) and were followed for an additional 12 months to ensure that no other diagnosis emerged. Two control groups were likewise assessed. Results: 17.5% (7/40) of the women (average age 71 years) with AD reported spousal abuse with head trauma. In control group 1, 5.0% (2/40) and in control group 2, 7.5% (3/40) of the women reported spousal abuse with head trauma. Conclusions: The development of AD may be a potential long-term consequence of wife assault. Our study suggests spousal abuse as a possible risk factor for AD, and supports the need for larger studies. However, there are practical challenges associated with the successful execution of such a study.

Copyright © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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Donald F. Weaver Departments of Medicine and Chemistry Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4J3 (Canada) Tel. +1 902 494 7183, Fax +1 902 494 1310, E-Mail Donald.Weaver@dal.ca

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Published online: June 13, 2006