Thanks to more than $3.7 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, an effort is underway in Arizona that could change the way the medical care providers are able to effectively treat brain injuries in the early stages. Known as the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care (EPIC) project, this program is instructing early responders such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, among others, how to handle accident victims who may have suffered TBI in a manner that could actually limit the damage that is done to the brain. Ultimately, the goal of EPIC is to completely eliminate unnecessary post-injury brain damage and increase the chance of recovery for...Read More »
Traditional treatment for spinal cord injury often includes more than one therapy, including invasive surgery. For the estimated 1.3 million people in the United States who are living with spinal cord injuries, a new study revealed there may be a non-invasive method to treat limb impairment. According to News Medical, researchers from Ohio State University found that an oral drug given to mice after spinal cord injury improved limb movement, and it could potentially help humans regain lost functions in the future.
Sung Ok Yoon, a molecular and cellular biochemist who was the lead author of the study, observed the effects of an experimental drug called LM11A-31 on mice with spinal...Read More »
Although it’s commonly known that severe ischemic strokes can cause brain damage or even death, a new study reveals that smaller “mini strokes” can also have a serious impact on neurological function, according to Everyday Health. These mini strikes can lead to permanent damage and increase risk for a full-blown stroke. Since there aren’t warning signs for these silent strokes and MRIs generally are not sensitive enough to detect these injuries, mini strikes often go undiagnosed and may be key contributors to age-related cognitive decline and dementia.
Maiken Nedergaard, the lead author of the study and professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, used rodents to examine the...Read More »