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New medication may help those with traumatic brain injury

People with brain injuries might feel disappointed that their injuries keep them from living the lives they used to enjoy in West Virginia. Brain injuries can impair a person's logic or lead to memory problems, and victims might even struggle with body movement control. One hospital in another state, however, is taking part in a new study designed to test one possible new treatment for traumatic brain injury.

America's defense department is partially funding the study, which strives to determine whether a medication known as tranexamic acid can stop bleeding on the brain for those with head injuries. The medication is currently used in the military to treat soldiers who are severely injured. The medicine helps to reduce brain inflammation and improve injured soldiers' chances of surviving.

No serious advancements have been made in head injury treatment in more than three decades, so physicians today are desperate for a viable treatment. Over a couple million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injury every year. It is also worth noting that this type of injury is one of the biggest causes of death among people younger than 40.

Many people who end up dying from traumatic brain injury are injured in head blows, falls or vehicle crashes. If an individual in West Virginia has been involved in a car accident or in a fall on another person's property due to negligence, the individual may choose to seek justice through the legal system. The person can file a liability claim, seeking monetary damages that can help him or her to cope with the life-impacting brain injury.

Source:, "Regions Hospital testing new traumatic brain injury treatment", Jessica Mador, July 9, 2014

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