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Study examining effects of human hormone on traumatic brain injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States every year.
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    January 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The human brain is one of the most complex parts of the body. It controls all of the vital systems, determines people's personalities, allows for the creation of new ideas and enables people to learn about the world around them. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, those systems can be drastically affected, causing problems for someone the rest of their life.

Car accidents and brain injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States every year. The two largest causes of brain injuries are slip-and-falls and car accidents but more people die from brain injuries sustained in a car accident then from any other type of cause. The majority of brain injuries are mild but even a mild concussion can cause problems later on and lead to other health issues. Serious brain injuries can be devastating on victims and their families.

The effects of a brain injury

If the injured driver has suffered a brain injury, it is nearly impossible for doctors to predict how the injury will affect him. This is because of the complexity of the brain and the fact that there is no current known treatment for brain injury according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The only thing that doctors can do is to stabilize the patient and try to prevent further damage from occurring to the brain.

Signs of brain injury can surface immediately or months later. Depending on the location of the injury, the impact, and the person himself, symptoms can be one or more of the following:
- Changes in personality.
- Nausea.
- Loss of motor function.
- Speech problems.
- Equilibrium issues.
- Memory loss.

These are just a small portion of the many problems that can arise with a brain injury. The process of recovery can be lengthy and involves working with a physical therapist, speech therapist, mental health professionals and medical doctors.

Studying progesterone

While there is no current treatment for brain injury, researchers are optimistic about a human hormone called progesterone. According to KABC, a third-phase study is currently under way in over 21 countries and 150 different sites. Researchers have reason to believe that the hormone has the ability to reduce brain swelling and could become the first known treatment.

Participants in the study must be given the hormone within eight hours of being injured and then receive it by injection for five consecutive days. To compare the effectiveness of the hormone, researchers are also using a placebo; patients and their families are not told which they received. The patients are then kept under close observation for the next six months to watch their progression.

Brain injuries are one of the most serious injuries that people can suffer and can require years of therapy and care. Therefore, victims of negligent accidents should discuss their legal options of compensation with an experienced attorney.

Article provided by The Law Office of Mark B. Morse
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