According to sources at Emery University Phase III clinical trials using progesterone for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) will start in March, 2010. The trials will be led by David Wright, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine who discussed the progress in the use of progesterone for TBI at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego on Feb. 19, 2010. Earlier trials by Emory researchers found evidence that progesterone is safe for use in patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries. There was a 50 percent reduction in mortality and treatment improved functional outcomes and reduced disability in patients with moderate brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every 15 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a significant traumatic brain injury. Approximately 2 million adults and children in the United States suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year- leading to 50,000 deaths and 80,000 new cases of long term disability.”This is a health care crisis,” Dr. Wright declared, “The most common cause for TBI in this country [used to be] motor vehicle collisions, but as [the population] ages, falls have overtaken vehicle collisions as the number one cause. … There are a number of things we do clinically to try to prevent the brain from swelling, but the reality is that we have yet to develop an effective therapy for TBI.” Despite the enormous problem there is no effective medication to improve outcomes following a traumatic brain injury. The positive results in prior trials using progesterone provides hope for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries and their families.
Traumatic brain injuries can result from a wide variety of different causes such as auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents or negligent medical care. The results can be devastating to the injured victim and their loved ones. Knowing which medical specialists, rehabilitation experts and other resources can be critical to a successful outcome for the injured person. That is why it is critical to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident.