LegalView Publishes New Info Highlighting Traumatic Brain Injury Breakthrough
December 25, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsLegalView.info, the No. 1 source for legal information on the Web, announced the publication of its latest traumatic brain injury blog post highlighting recent scientific developments that may help individuals who are suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The post, viewable at http://brain-injury.legalview.com/blog, explains that diets rich in amino acids have been shown to restore cognitive abilities in brain-injured mice, according to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In the study, TBI-afflicted mice that received multiple amino acids in their drinking water responded better in clinical learning and memory trials than brain-injured mice that did not receive the amino acid mix. The amino acids used in the experiment are the building blocks of glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, important neurotransmitters that facilitate brain activity. The findings have been supported other similar studies, and may prove to be an important step in future traumatic brain injury therapy development.
Although the findings cannot be translated immediately into a new traumatic brain injury treatment, clinical trials are expected to be developed over the course of the next year, which could yield clinical benefits for the medical community, patients and their families. Traumatic brain injuries are one of the primary causes of death and disability in children and young adults and are a significant combat-related injury among military professionals. Furthermore, a TBI occurs every 23 seconds in the United States, and currently there is no cure for the condition.
Many events can cause a brain injury, but the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States include falls, auto accidents, being struck by or against an object and assault. Infants and toddlers between the ages of zero and four years old and teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age are most at risk to sustain TBI. Additionally, men are more likely than women to suffer from a brain injury.
Successful brain injury rehabilitation can prove to be fiscally beneficial. The Center for Disease Control estimates that direct medical expenses and indirect costs such as a loss of productivity for TBI patients totaled than $60 billion in 2000 - a cost that is projected to increase as the number of combat-related traumatic brain injuries continues to rise. Many of these TBIs involve contacting a
brain injury lawyer and developing an often lengthy potential brain injury lawsuit.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 5 million Americans are permanently disabled from the affects of traumatic brain injuries, not limited to problems in thinking, sensation, language and emotions. Additionally, individuals may be more at risk for developing other conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other brain disorders that become more of an issue as people age. Oftentimes, intensive rehabilitative therapy requires the assistance of an experienced brain injury attorney to ensure monetary compensation is received.
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