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Researchers may be able to stop brain injury inflammation

| Nov 15, 2018 | Brain Injuries

Head injuries can easily happen as a result of car accidents or slip-and-fall accidents in West Virginia. Unfortunately, when a brain injury happens, it triggers nervous system inflammation, and this can further damage the health of the brain. Researchers, however, are exploring the possibility of preventing this inflammatory response through targeting a certain brain cell type.

While recently testing a drug, researchers managed to block certain cells’ activity and thus eliminate inflammation in the brain. The cells they tested are known as microglia — nerve cells that play an important role in a body’s immune response. The researchers specifically tested the drug on mice that had suffered brain injuries.

At the moment, no drugs have been approved for the treatment of serious injuries to the brain. However, the recent study may bring doctors closer to helping to provide better brain health care. Naturally, this may provide hope to patients who are struggling with the negative effects of brain injury, as well as their families.

Sometimes, life-changing brain injuries are the result of the carelessness of other people in West Virginia — for instance, the careless driver of a car or the negligent owner of a business. In these situations, the injury victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against the reportedly at-fault party, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. No amount of money can take away the effects of a brain injury or undo the events leading to it. However, it can make it easier for the injured party to move forward from the injury-causing incident.