August 14th, 2015
Studies have shown up to 33 percent of our nation’s armed forces returning from service overseas have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the line of duty. Research also indicates the sooner a TBI is treated, the faster the victim can fully recover. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm say that’s why a new piece of technology is proving to be crucial on the front lines of combat.
Armed With Science reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an application that runs on Android devices that can be used to detect and measure brain activity. This is done by placing a headset with disposable sensors on the head of a person and connecting the device with the running application. The results, which are gathered in roughly 15 minutes, are then analyzed using an algorithm to determine if an injured soldier requires further care and testing away from the battlefield.
This new form of testing can give field medics more concrete data that can be used to diagnose an injured soldier, rather than simply depending on identifying potential symptoms of a TBI, which is how these injuries are traditionally diagnosed.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the significant impact this technology could have in the treatment of TBIs and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see its uses expand into other activities and jobs where the risk of TBI is high, such as professional sports.
July 17th, 2015
As many as 4.5 millions Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury this year. For many years, little was known about these injuries or how to treat them. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that researchers have been frantically working to discover new, more effective treatment techniques for traumatic brain injury victims… and the work is beginning to pay off.
A paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience details research that has discovered a new way to encourage the regeneration of nerves in the spinal cord and brain after an injury. The team explains that messenger RNA is sent into the central nervous system, where it is then used to create proteins that can rebuild connections between nerves.
An article from NewsWise explains that another study published in the journal Nature highlights research that was conducted into how antibodies can be used to destroy toxic proteins that can accumulate in the brain after an injury occurs. This discovery may be used to develop treatments that could prevent health conditions that can arise long after a traumatic brain injury occurs—such as Alzheimer’s disease or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm are aware of the long-term effects a traumatic brain injury can have on victims and their families. That’s why we’re hopeful the discoveries that have been made by this research can be used to prevent and treat such injuries in the future.