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New way found to study patients with serious injury to the brain

Brain injury in New Mexico occurs when a person suffers a blow to his or her head. Although a serious injury to the brain can lead to long-term problems, such as memory issues, scientists are working to advance their understanding of brain injury and how to treat it. Some researchers recently developed a way to observe the changes that take place in neurons when a person is struck in the head, and these changes can be observed in real time.

The scientists utilized a lab device that was custom built and compresses neurons. A microscope can then be used to constantly monitor cell-structure changes. The research team learned that it takes nearly six hours for a neuron to develop structural damage that is irreparable; therefore, a certain window for therapy during which damage may be minimized could exist.

Many studies done on neuronal injury have used 2D cell cultures. However, the recent study involved the use of 3D cultures, which can help to provide more of a complete picture of this type of injury. This new method of studying damage to nerve cells due to a traumatic brain injury might have implications for the treatment of brain trauma in the future.

Serious injuries to the brain in New Mexico and other states often happens due to vehicle accidents and falls. In some cases, the person who suffered the serious injury in the car accident or fall was not at fault in the incident, yet he or she is the one who suffers as a result of the incident. This person has the right to seek damages in an effort to hold the responsible party accountable through the civil court system.

Source: providencejournal.com, "Brown researchers develop new way to study brain injury", G. Wayne Miller, Aug. 3, 2016

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