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Ohio residents and new traumatic brain injury treatments

Ohio brain injury patients may benefit from new treatment options that are delivered intravenously rather than through injection directly into the brain. There are currently no approved medications to reduce damage to the brain after a traumatic injury, and existing treatments require causing further trauma to the brain tissue. Amino acids delivered through intravenous means would make it possible to provide a safer alternative to traditional injections.

Researchers have discovered a peptide sequence of amino acids that addresses injured brain tissue and can be delivered intravenously. This treatment could be used to limit the extent of cellular damage after a traumatic brain injury. After the brain sustains a trauma, sugar-coated proteins increase near the site of injury. The new peptides bind to these proteins and deliver treatment to the damaged areas. The treatment has shown results in both human and mouse models.

The new treatment would be particularly effective in identifying mild brain injuries by attaching to materials that are detected through medical imaging technologies. Because these peptides can be used as a delivery system for nanoparticles, they may even be used in gene-silencing therapy. Researchers continue to test the new treatment for effectiveness in central nervous system injuries such as multiple sclerosis.

Traumatic brain injury can leave victims with diminished functioning that makes it difficult to resume work or normal activities. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, a personal injury attorney may be able to help the victim obtain the compensation he or she deserves. Car accidents are common examples of accidents that often lead to brain injuries, and a negligent driver may be responsible for the victim's medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the injury.

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