Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Promising News for TBIsJanuary 6, 2017
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have devastating, long-term effects on those who have sustained serious head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly five million Americans are living with the symptoms of TBIs, which can include problems with vision and coordination, as well as cognitive issues that affect mood, memory, and thinking. Until recently, there have been no effective treatment options that prevent the progression of chronic neurological symptoms. However, new research out of the University of Iowa (UI) has shown promising results that may offer new hope to those with TBIs.
The researchers have found that, by protecting the brain’s axons, it may be possible to prevent the long-term neuropsychiatric problems associated with TBIs. The research team, lead by Andrew Pieper, professor of psychiatry at the UI Carver College of Medicine, examined whether the early damage to axons is a result of the injury, or the cause of the neurological issues.
The research team studied mice whose axons were protected from damage through a genetic mutation. The mutation maintained normal levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) in brain cells after a head injury. When these mice experienced a lab-induced TBI, the mutation protected them from developing vision problems or cognitive difficulties. According to Pieper, early injury to the axons has a significant effect on neurobehavioral complications after a TBI. Therapeutic strategies that focus on protecting the axons may protect TBI patients from development other cognitive and neurologic symptoms after their injury.
New Research Points to TBI Treatment
Pieper’s researchers have also identified a series of neuroprotective compounds that may help axons survive the early damage associated with TBIs. According to researchers, these compounds activate a molecular pathway that maintains the neuronal levels of NAD, which is an energy metabolite that is important to the health of axons. Based on their research with mice, these compounds protect against some of the harmful effects of blast-TBIs.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Victims of TBIs
If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, the long-term effects can be devastating, from memory loss and mood swings to vision problems and other neurological issues. The Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation that you deserve due to another’s negligence. Your quality of life should not be compromised and we will fight hard to protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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