Research Provides Building Blocks for New Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Options

by Staff Blogger | 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.