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Doctors from South Carolina test breakthrough brain injury model

Even though doctors may have done all they could in the past to treat patients who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, they were limited in their understanding of how these injuries progress. Recently, doctors from Medical University of South Carolina tested a new model that may help answer some of the questions behind these injuries and how they have such a negative impact on patients' lives. The results have offered hope to those who may suffer these injuries in the future through car accidents or any other injury.

The two researchers developed a model that could provide an accurate measurement of the reactions of brain cells whenever they are exposed to the effects of a rise in intra-cranial pressure that often stems from a type of brain injury. They constructed a 3D model that allowed them to test the effects of a rise in pressure on the brain cells and how those cells responded over time. They discovered that prolonged exposure to this pressure resulted in an increase in a hormone that signals stress and the deterioration of those cells.

The doctors behind the research expressed their pleasure with the model's performance and reported that their work may now allow doctors an insight into how damage to these sensitive cells can accumulate over time, even after the initial injury has occurred. Until this time, it was unknown how increased pressure from an injury or stroke caused the cells to react. While the primary doctor in this work specializes in pediatric neurology, it is expected that the knowledge gained from this diagnostic tool will benefit patients of all ages.

There is still work to be done in order to assess how to apply the knowledge these South Carolina researchers have shared. In the meantime, those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may still benefit from changes in how doctors treat these types of injuries in order to lessen the long-term damage that can lead to incapacitating injuries. Victims who have been injured through the negligence or actions of another party often sustain enormous monetary damages. When appropriate, a successfully filed personal injury claim may allow victims to recover those financial losses that accrued as a result of the injury they suffered.

Source: sciencedaily.com, "Under pressure: Novel technology to model pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain", Dec. 1, 2017

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