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Will a new drug improve memory function in brain injury patients?

Last week, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study about an experimental drug that may help people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) regain some learning and memory function. The study, which tests the drug on rats, shows promise in reversing memory loss resulting from TBI.

Though the treatment has not been tested on humans yet, the leaders of the study say the results are encouraging. Because there is presently no effective treatment for brain injury memory loss and learning impairment, this may be a significant breakthrough.

Memory loss and other TBI side effects

Approximately 80 percent of TBI victims suffer memory loss and learning impairment. Even a mild TBI or concussion often causes these types of cognitive deficits. People with moderate or severe TBI may suffer very serious cognitive impairments such as speech difficulty, inability to concentrate, vision problems and permanent memory loss. In addition, they may have mood disorders and difficulty controlling anger and other emotions.

Any of these issues may result in the person's inability to work, care for him or herself, and interact with others. This is why new effective treatments are so important to improving TBI patients' lives.

The need for compensation

Treatment for TBI is extensive and may last a lifetime. To cover the cost of medical bills and other losses, most people need financial compensation. If a negligent party caused the injury, you can seek compensation from them for medical expenses, long-term care, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.

Working with a lawyer typically yields better results in these cases. Individuals cannot effectively fight insurance companies and other large corporations on their own. You can learn more by speaking with an attorney.

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