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Serious injury to the brain may be treated using stem cells

Brain injury can cause a person in New Mexico to suffer cognitive problems long term, such as being able to concentrate on tasks and learn new material. This type of injury can also negatively impact a person's mood and behavior. However, a clinical trial involving a cellular therapy for brain injury that involves using a person's brain cells is showing promise for the treatment of serious injury to the brain.

The results of the clinical trial indicate that the stem cell therapy can dampen the neuroinflammatory response to trauma in the body. The therapy has also been shown to preserve brain tissue. Researchers indicated that the data collected from the trial goes beyond merely testing the approach's safety.

Based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million people in America sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. Of these individuals, 275,000 end up in the hospital, while more than 50,000 pass away. Brain injury is a causal factor in about 33 percent of all deaths related to injuries in the US.

Serious injury to the brain in New Mexico may happen as a result of a vehicle accident or even a fall at a business caused by the carelessness of the business. For instance, the business owner may not have removed debris from the floor, thus causing a patron to fall. In these situations, the victim suffering brain injury has the right to file a personal injury claim against the person who allegedly caused the injury by being negligent. A successfully fought claim may result in a monetary award, which may help to cover ongoing health care costs related to the injury as well as other related expenses.

Source: geneticliteracyproject.org, "Brain injuries may be treatable using stem cell therapy", Nov. 10, 2016

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