Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing a new drug that they hope will greatly lessen the amount of brain damage that occurs after a head trauma. The goal is to provide medical staff and emergency responders with a way to administer first aid to a patient that has suffered a brain injuries moments after it happens. The researchers say that this will significantly reduce the long-term effects of the injury.
While automobile accidents and other events very often cause obvious injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, they can also result in less visible injuries that may be even more damaging. Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, can cause amnesia, headaches, trouble with balance and similar symptoms. However, TBI can also lead more subtle problems, particularly changes in personality. Those who suffer these changes might not notice them until a little later on in the healing process, but they can cause great distress and make returning to pre-accident life much more difficult.