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New hormone treatment for traumatic brain injury

Colorado residents who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be very interested to learn of the results of a new study involving treatment of the debilitating trauma. It is believed that over two million people have been affected every year. Researchers now believe they may have found a possible cure discovered in a substance the human body produces naturally.

During a recent recorded interview, a married father with two children told the story of how prior health issues caused brain swelling and a blackout that resulted in his car crashing into the rear of a parked 18-wheel semi-trailer. According to a medical professor, an M.D at the University where the study is underway, there is currently no definitive treatment for TBI. While the injured man was in a coma, he was enrolled in the study. The research is meant to determine if the hormone progesterone, which is produced naturally by both men and women, can possibly be used as a treatment.

The hormone requires infusion into the brain for five continuous days. The treatment must begin within the first eight hours after injury, and definitive results are not known until after a six month wait. It is not known whether, as part of the trial, this injured man received the drug or a placebo. He is reportedly progressing well, but still suffers from some unnamed left-side body issues as well as memory loss.

Brain injuries may result from health issues, accidents or as a result of possible negligence on the part of a health care provider. For people from Colorado who feel they may have been injured as a result of another person's negligence, a Colorado personal injury attorney may be able to help. An attorney may be able to fully advise them of their legal rights and recommend a prudent course of action that may lead to possible compensation.

Source: KSAT, "Pregnancy hormone for traumatic brain injury", July 22, 2013

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