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NIH Funding Awarded for New Brain Injury Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that they were releasing a new wave of funding for research regarding neuroscience, such as traumatic brain injuries. For years, there has been an increasing push to develop new diagnostic and treatment tools for those who suffer a head injury. This is because TBIs have the potential to lead to complications that can impact someone for the rest of their life. The consequences of a serious head injury can make it hard for someone to complete their education, hold down employment, and maintain relationships with family members and friends.

Retigabine May Change the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Recently, a research article was published showing that a drug called Retigabine might be useful in preventing some of the complications and damage caused by a traumatic brain injury. According to the researchers, nearly three million people in the United States are diagnosed with some form of TBI every year. Like other traumatic injuries, neurological damage can range from a concussion that might not have any long-term impacts to severe head injuries that might leave someone paralyzed or comatose. In some cases, these injuries can even be fatal. For this reason, there has been a lot of research performed by trained medical professionals who are looking for a way to help individuals and families who suffer TBIs every year. Now, it looks like Retigabine might provide some hope to these families. Helpful information was recently published in a research article.

Doctors Use Smart Brain to Treat Head Injuries

While the term “smart brain” might sound redundant, this tool has played an important role in helping doctors understand head injuries. On an annual basis, about 2.5 million individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. About 50,000 of these people die, and another 80,000 individuals end up with some degree of permanent disability. This has been the driving force behind research into head injuries.

Rethinking Nerve Damage in a Brain Injury

Recently, a research article published by a New York-based research laboratory is causing doctors and scientists to question whether or not nerve damage is the source of symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury. For years, the hypothesis surrounding TBIs has been that trauma to the skull causes damage to the nerves. Because nerves do not regenerate like other bodily tissues, doctors have assumed that this damage leads to the motor and sensory symptoms that patients experience. Now, a research paper is showing that the symptoms might actually be caused by damage to the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain cells.

Brain Injury Research Center Partners with School

Recently, a brain injury partnership was announced between the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) and a local school system. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the partnership a 4-year partnership funded by more than $2 million. This partnership is going to study a return to school program that was developed for students looking to resume their education following a major brain injury.

Brain Injury Can Cause Bipolar Disorder

There are numerous mental health issues that might arise following a traumatic brain injury, and one of these is called bipolar disorder. This disorder falls under a category called mood disorders. There have been many research studies done regarding mood disorders following a brain injury. One research study which was published by the Psychiatric Clinics of North America estimated that up to 50 percent of people who suffer a brain injury will develop some form of mood disorder in the first year. In addition, up to two-thirds of these people will develop a mood disorder at some point during their life.

A Concussion Can Increase the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

A large medical study was recently published showing that those who suffer a concussion during their teenage years might be at risk of developing a neurological disease called multiple sclerosis later in life. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention paid to concussions, and numerous research studies have been presented. Prior research studies have indicated that even a single TBI can lead to devastating effects later in life. In addition, concussions can have immediate impacts on someone’s ability to concentrate on school or work, can lead to emotional lability and temper tantrums, and can interfere with sleep. The new research study linking concussions to multiple sclerosis is another important step in better understanding just how head injuries can impact someone’s health down the road.

New Brain Injury Blood Test Explored in a Study

A new brain injury blood test was recently explored in the well-respected journal, The Lancet: Neurology. This blood test is essential because the current tools that are available to detect brain injuries are limited and imperfect. If someone presents to the doctor with symptoms consistent with a TBI, the diagnostic tools are often limited to questionnaires, physical exams, and computed tomography (CT) scans.

Teen Brain Growth and the Frontal Lobe

The process of teen brain growth is complicated and has an immense impact on the ability (or inability) of teenagers to drive. Recently, a research paper was published showing that the frontal lobe is not fully developed when many teenagers learn to drive. This study, published by the National Institutes of Mental Health, makes a link between teen brain growth and driving.

Brain Injury Animation Explains Its Impacts

Recently, a case study was published demonstrating how brain injury animation was used to explain the impacts of a child’s traumatic brain injury. As technology has progressed, medical imaging has improved substantially. This has led to the development of three-dimensional computer animation which can be used to explain complex medical topics in a way that everyone can understand.