Studies linking head trauma with increased risk and earlier age of onset for Alzheimer's disease have yielded contradictory results. Now a population-based study involving 448 healthy older adults (70+) and 141 seniors with mild cognitive impairment has found that a history of head trauma was associated with higher levels of amyloid-beta plaques (a marker for Alzheimer’s) in those with MCI, but not in the cognitively normal. Similar rates of self-reported head trauma were found in the two groups (17% and 18%, respectively).
 Head trauma and in vivo measures of amyloid and neurodegeneration in a population-based study. Neurology [Internet]. 2014 ;82(1):70 - 76. Available from: http://www.neurology.org/content/82/1/70