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A portable liquid cooling helmet could be used to help treat concussions. This helmet was designed by a former NASA engineer, Bill Elkins. The helmet is a portable emergency cooling system that can help triage brain injuries like concussions. The helmet cools the brain, inducing a type of controlled hypothermia that protects the nerve cells. This forces the nerves to “hibernate” and that encourage recovery.
A Canadian health IT start up company is launching a web based and tablet based tool called BrainFX360, which will help with assessing brain disorders. The company , BrainFX was founded by two Canadian occupational therapists who hope to have their product break into the US market place. Typically, a clinical neurological assessment can take anywhere from 15-20 hours. The idea is that an assessment tool should be available that can capture how a brain injury affects a person’s every day life and the tool should be sensitive enough to be able to detect minor impairments. The BrainFX360 tool consists of a 2 part assessment, to establish a baseline study.
The first part of the assessment is completed by the individual and is with regard to mood, history, behaviour, sleep etc and takes about 20 minutes. The second part of the assessment is administered by a health professional and the health professional has to be certified by BrainFX in order to administer the test. The tablet based assessment has the patient do different activities that measure cognitive skills.
Did you know that zebrafish are able to re-grow brain cells? Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows zebrafish to re-grow brain cells after injury. Scientists have long been aware that this species of fish can regenerate brain cells after injury, unlike humans, by activating stem cells. The question of how, long remained a mystery until recently.
Researchers have discovered that regeneration in the zebrafish brain is actually linked to inflammation; a side effect of brain injury that is thought to be harmful to the brain. It appears that inflammation is what ‘kick starts’ the regeneration process in the zebrafish.
In mammals, including humans, chronic brain inflammation (persistent inflammation, or inflammation that lingers) is linked to scarring and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Acute inflammation (lasts for a short period) is usually related to a blow to the head or sports injury.
When brain trauma occur, cells tend to build up at the site of the injury, which is how scar tissue forms in mammals. In zebrafish, when trauma occurs, it triggers regeneration.
Scientists were able to identify a molecule called leukotriene C4 (LTC4) – which, when injected into the uninjured zebrafish brain, mimicked the regenerative response. The study authors and scientists noted the implications this could have for humans.
In other research news, stem cells could help in treating traumatic brain injury. Scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center received a one-year, $20,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI). Their study is with respect to how stem cells derived from bone marrow assist in the healing of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Currently, there are no effective therapies for TBI. According to the researchers, there is increasing evidence that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSC) have potential to migrate toward the site of trauma and stimulate recovery of the damaged brain tissue after TBI.
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