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Aaron Waxman and Associates recently became a Gold Sponsor of the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton (BIAPH). As a law firm that has experience with brain injured clients and brain injury litigation, we will be dedicating some of our blog postings to discussing the prevention of brain injuries, brain injury awareness and brain injury news articles.
According to a recent press release, on the Wall Street Market Watch site, a newly developed drug called Clazosentan has shown some promise in treating traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury causes a decrease in blood flow in the cerebrum of the brain, and this, if prolonged causes permanent cell dysfunction and death. A receptor in the brain known as “endothelin receptor” contributes to the restriction of blood flow as early as four hours after a brain injury. Clazosentan is thought to block these endothelin receptors from restricting blood flow. When the drug was given to rats with brain injuries, it was seen that it was most effective 2 hours after injury, with a second dose at 24 hours.
Looking to the world of sports, MSN Health posted an article entitled “Good Football Helmet Fit Key to Preventing Brain Injuries“. Studies show there is no such thing as a concussion proof-helmet, however, a good helmet might help reduce the loss of consciousness that follows a hit to the head. Study author Dr. Joseph Tong from Temple University in Philadelphia revealed that in cases where study subjects suffered a concussion but were wearing a helmet, 82% did not suffer a loss of consciousness.
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Also in the news was a recent development regarding depression.
What if Depression could be diagnosed through a blood test? It might help reduce stigma associated with depression and encourage people to get treatment. It could help promote new treatments too. Depression is usually diagnosed in a psychological manner (questionnaire), but a new study has shown that blood tests can diagnose depression. The study is published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry and describes how blood tests were screened for 9 biomarkers associated with symptoms of depression.
Traumatic Brain Injuries have been referred to as a Silent Epidemic. A local study in Virginia is interested in how the brain functions throughout the course of an injury and tracking how it heals. Doctors find it difficult to accurately diagnose TBI as tests are not precise enough. This new study from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute wants to use MRIs to see how the brain heals from concussions. The idea is to take images of the brain as soon as possible after injury and keep following up. A functional MRI machine would be used. This machine demonstrates changes to brain reactions when the subject is thinking, reacting, etc.
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