There are currently many new studies and much research being done to find ways to reduce the impact of traumatic brain injuries. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are looking today at a new injection that researchers hope can help protect neurons after this type of brain injury. If you have questions of the legal impact of brain injuries contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
It All Came from a Research Paper
There was recently a research paper published in the New Jersey Institute of Technology that looked at how a particular injection can be the key to preserving neuron health after a traumatic brain injury. This is essential because, as one of the most important cells in the body, neurons carry signals from the brain to all body parts and give the brain information about pain, temperature, etc. If they are significantly damaged, paralysis can occur.
Neurons Can Be Damaged by the Powerful Shock of an Impact
Traumatic brain injuries happen when there is a blow to the head or neck that causes an impact on the way the central nervous system works. This does not begin and end with the initial impact. Think of the initial impact as the match that lights a chain reaction throughout the brain.
When this damage includes the neuronal support network, the neurons do not get enough oxygen and other essential nutrients, which can prevent them from working correctly. The result can be changes in motor and sensory function. Frequently, this damage is permanent.
Current Treatments for Neuron Damage and the Possibilities for The Injection
Currently, when a doctor determines that a neuron has been exposed to trauma they boost glutamate, a neurotransmitter, that the patient products. This can have significant side effects because it results in the neurons becoming overexcited and this can result in the cells breaking down. The long-term result is then inflammation and damage to neurons and other tissues within the nervous system.
However, the new injection of a protein known as ependymin can actually protect neurons after a person suffers a blow to the head. This is done by isolating the proteins and then using a unique, injection-based delivery platform. The proteins are inserted into the injury location in hydrogel and once they get to the site of the injury, those proteins can build a support system that helps the neurons survive.
This can change the way a person heals from a brain injury and could save countless lives. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we always hope to see decreases in brain injuries but if you or a loved one has suffered from one, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.