A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences statesthat scientists have developed a technique to grow neurons in artificial brain tissue. Neurons process the work of the brain, such as thinking. This may help researchers discover new ways to treat people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
A lab test conducted at Tufts University in Massachusetts developed rat neurons and then implanted a “3D tissue made from a mix of spongy silk protein and a collagen-based gel.” The tissue maintained viability for over nine weeks and offered structural support for brain network connectivity; network connectivity is essential for brain activity. The experiment allows scientists to look at tissue and possibly find new ways to treat injured brains.
This is particularly good news for people who have suffered from traumatic accidents. AllAboutCarAccidents.com discusses in detail the role severe car accidents play in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases. Closed head injuries, such as those caused by assault, falling or car accidents are highly likely to result in diffuse brain injuries. Such trauma strikes the head hard enough to dislodge the brain and force it to bounce back and forth against the inside of the skull.
Automobile accidents result in 50,000 deaths and over 230,000 serious injuries in the United States annually. About 80,000 of those injuries result in long-term disability due to brain damage. There are currently more than 5 million people living with long-term disability due to TBI in the United States.
Vehicle accidents are not the only cause of severe head injuries. Around the country, more than 8 million people have suffered a TBI from a slip and fall. Often these accidents are caused by negligence on the part of a property owner. Standing water, grease, loose carpeting and soap may cause innocent people to fall and hurt themselves severely. While most people think of a slip-and-fall accident as very “minor,” the results can be life-changing.
Along with death and long-term disability are less severe yet still debilitating issues. Attention deficit problems can be one result for victims of TBI, as well as cognitive deficits. Additional side effects could be difficulty with concentration, becoming easily distracted, difficulty multi-tasking and impaired “short-term” memory.
If you have suffered a TBI through the negligence of another, you may be entitled to financial assistance with medical treatment. Do not delay in seeking financial compensation, as doing so may negatively affect your claim. The lawyers at The Sam Harding Law Firm in Las Vegas are here to fight for your rights and help you recover compensation to pay for your treatment.