Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Researchers Find Drug Therapy Combo Effective in Treating Brain Injury


A complete cure for traumatic brain injury remains elusive, but researchers from the State University of New York Downtown Medical Center have reported success treating brain injury using a combination of drugs. The therapy involves a combination of the antibiotic minocycline and N-acetylcysteine, and according to the researchers, animals that were treated with this therapy showed a marked improvement in memory and reasoning powers. They showed a “synergistic” improvement in both memory abilities and cognition when they were treated with this combination of drugs to treat a brain injury. The researchers will continue these studies further.

There is no single drug that can be used in the treatment of brain injury. There have been several promising leads as far as drug therapy for brain injury is concerned, but unfortunately, none of these have failed to show effective results. That is why researchers have been experimenting more and more with combinations of drugs recently. The idea is to take drugs that have already been confirmed to be effective, and to use these in combination to treat brain injury. In this particular research, the researchers tested several different combinations of drugs to test the effect on brain injury.

Approximately 50% of all brain injuries occur during motor vehicle accidents. Other persons who may be at risk are victims of falls, military personnel, and victims of assault and violence. Although animal tests using this combination of drugs have been successful, it is still too early to say whether we can expect to see beneficial results during clinical trials on human beings. California brain injury lawyers understand that for the millions of people who live with a brain injury, there is an urgent need for medications that can help regain some of their cognitive, memory, reasoning and other abilities that are lost because of the injury.

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