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New brain injury research show long term effects, but hope for healing

If you or a family member has been affected by a brain injury, there are some new studies you should know about.
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    December 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There are many causes of brain injuries, from car accidents to falls. But one thing that makes brain injuries unique is that medical experts are only now beginning to unravel their mysteries.

New studies are finding that the long-term effects of brain injury may be more far reaching than previously thought. Yet, at the same time, other recent research is finding hope for brain injury sufferers in novel and innovative treatments.

Progress in detecting long-term effects combines with new treatment methods

A study presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting early this December explored new imaging methods being put to use to detect long term effects of brain injury that were previously invisible to doctors. While standard imaging techniques are unable to depict damage to the nerve-signal-carrying white matter of the brain, a unique magnetic resonance imaging procedure measuring changes in water movement along the nerve signal channels was able to show that white matter damage in brain injury subjects lingered for, on average, more than four years from the date of the underlying trauma.

While experts have long suspected that the effects of traumatic brain injuries extend for a longer term than they had previously been able to detect, the new research provides evidence of this assumption. In addition to causing damage longer than previously thought, brain injuries are also now being found to increase the odds of suffering from a variety of other conditions. For example, a study published on December 11 in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry found that among the study's military subjects, those who had suffered a traumatic brain injury were approximately twice as likely to develop PTSD.

It is not all bad news for brain injury sufferers in recent studies, however. One study in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation found that exposing severely brain inured patients to certain musical compositions could help them bring to mind previously forgotten personal memories, a finding that could have widespread treatment potential once developed. Another research team at Penn State has made a breakthrough in December, 2013 in a very promising brain injury treatment that uses glial cells -- support cells present in the central nervous system -- to regenerate healthy, signal-transmitting neurons.

Get the resources you need to treat a brain injury: Get in touch with a personal injury attorney

If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury, research showing the long-lasting effects of brain injury underscores the importance of securing financial resources to pay for long-term care. The recent successes in brain injury treatment also show that brain injury patients who undergo long-term treatment can have hope for improved results.

Compensation to pay for brain injury treatment, as well as other types of harm resulting from an injury like lost wages and pain and suffering, may be available if the injury was caused in full or in part by a negligent party. If a brain injury has impacted your life or the life of a loved one, get in touch with a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options for securing the full and fair compensation you need to pay for the best long-term medical treatment available.

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