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San Diego Conference Offers Victims Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Hope

Sources at Emery University state that Phase III clinical trials using progesterone for the treatment of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) will start in March, 2010. The studies will be under the direction of David Wright, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine who addressed the advances in the use of progesterone for TBI at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego in February 2010. Previous trials by researchers at Emery discovered evidence suggesting that progesterone is safe for use in the treatment of patients suffering from TBI. There was a dramatic reduction in mortality, 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.” Regardless of how prevalent the problem is there is no effective medication exists to improve outcomes following TBI. The favorable results in previous trials using progesterone gives hope for individuals suffering from TBI and their families.
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 are devastating to the injured and their families. Expertise in knowing which medical specialists, rehabilitation options, and other resources can be critical to a successful outcome in the treatment of the injured person. That is why it is critical to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.