A Search For A Cure
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Concussion Brain Science
Scientists are trying to understand the biochemical changes that take place in the brain as a result of a concussion. A more thorough understanding of the process will make it easier to find treatments that can aid in recovery from concussions and decrease the risk of long-term damage from future injuries.
Areas of current research include:
- Risk of future neurological decline. Some studies have found that even a single concussion can lead to an increased risk of developing dementia or Parkinson’s disease later in life. The link between concussions and these degenerative conditions is not clear; some theories suggest the cause could be concussion-related inflammation, abnormal protein buildup, or simply an increase in the brain’s general vulnerability after a concussion. Research is ongoing.
- Search for cures. While researchers seek to better understand exactly what happens in the brain after a concussion, other scientists are looking for new therapies that can bolster the brain’s ability to recover from the injury. Researchers in Canada have conducted studies of a non-invasive therapy using low-frequency magnetic fields on rodents that have suffered a concussion. The study results suggest that the therapy can help to speed recovery and may even protect the brain from further degeneration in the future. Human trials of the therapy are planned in the future.
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