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Study shows potential for human hormone in treating brain injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury at 17.3 percent.
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    January 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Car accidents can be frightening and traumatic events that leave people struggling with a permanent injury, which will affect them for the rest of their life. Among the most debilitating injuries a person can suffer, is a blow to the head and brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury at 17.3 percent. Worse, they are the largest contributor in deaths that are connected to a traumatic brain injury.

No known treatment for brain injury

The human brain is a complex system and when it is damaged, it can affect a person in any number of ways. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke points out that once a brain is damaged, there are no known treatments to reverse the damage that has been done. Part of the reason for this is the fact that each brain injury is unique, resulting in any number of symptoms for the victim.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include:
- Loss of physical movement.
- Speech problems.
- Confusion.
- Memory problems.
- Equilibrium issues.
- Comprehension of language.

In addition to obvious symptoms, a brain injury can also have serious impact on the body's physiological systems such as respiration, circulation and nervous system. Of especial concern to medical staff is a victim's oxygen flow and blood pressure and the only thing they can currently do is try to make sure that a person is stable and does not sustain further damage.

Human hormone may provide answer

A new study may result in the first effective treatment for traumatic brain injury, according to KABC-TV. The study, which is a phase three clinical trial, is examining the effects that progesterone, a human hormone, may have on people who have suffered a brain injury. The study involves 21 countries and over 150 different locations. Participants who are enrolled in the study must be administered the hormone within the first eight hours of receiving the head injury.

After the initial injection, the patient continues to receive injections for the next five days. After the treatment, researchers then follow the patient's condition for six months to look at the progression the patient has made.

Seeking compensation for brain injury

When someone is in a car accident and suffers a brain injury, it can be difficult to determine how much compensation one should seek. Due to the complexities of brain injury, symptoms can arise months later and complications can develop over the years. Therefore, victims and/or their families should meet with an experienced attorney to discuss their situation and their legal options.

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