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Researchers replicate brain injuries to further treatment options

Suffering a blow to the head can leave an individual dazed and confused. Some people in California who experience this sensation shrug the matter off as symptoms fade, but in reality they may have suffered a brain injury. Statistics show that 2.5 million people suffered a brain injury in 2010, but experts suggest the number of actual brain injuries suffered per year may be much higher, because many people who suffer a blow to the head fail to seek medical treatment.

One reason people may be hesitant to seek treatment for a brain injury is because medical interventions in this area have stalled over the last decade and a half. Why? Simply put, it has been challenging for medical researches to figure out how best to study brain injuries without posing a risk of further harm to those who have suffered a brain injury. The difficulty has been that, until now, researchers have been unable to replicate brain injuries outside of the human body. Now, though, medical researchers in Georgia have found a way to take stem cells from mice and apply a chemical that replicates changes to the brain similar to those seen in brain injuries.

This could have powerful ramifications for the future of brain injury treatment. For example, researchers have already found that electrical stimulation can help brain cells regenerate. The difficulty with this process, though, is figuring out the right amount of electricity to use in a human brain without causing further damage. So, in short, much more research is needed before significant changes to brain injury treatment can be made.

Those who have suffered a brain injury may have a bright future ahead of them when it comes to treatment. For the time being, though, they will have to work with what is available. This treatment can still be tremendously beneficial, but it can also be costly. This is just one reason why those whose injuries were caused by the negligence of another may want to consider legal action.




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