For several years, there has been some hope that giving people with new traumatic brain injuries treatments with the hormone progesterone may help to curb some of the severe effects that victims face. However, new studies indicate that this does not appear to be the case, a disappointing result that will send researchers back to the drawing board in hopes of finding more effective ways to treat these injuries.
Brain injuries make up approximately 2 million of the hospitalizations that occur throughout the United States every single year, and they often lead to some significant long-term disabilities. There are drugs currently being used that help to reduce swelling and other symptoms, but none currently exist to treat long-term symptoms and improve potential recovery rates before disability sets in.
Initial testing of progesterone in animals and small sample sizes of people led researchers to believe it would work. The hormone is believed to protect brain cells and nerves in several different ways, including by preventing inflammation that leads to swelling after injuries. The results of the two tests, however, were deemed to be failures, a significant disappointment for the doctors who had hoped that they would be definitive proof of progesterone’s ability to prevent disability from brain injuries.
In many instances, brain injuries are caused by long-term exposure to loud noises or injuries suffered in accidents. If you believe that you or a loved one suffered a severe brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the ability to seek compensation. Work with the San Diego personal injury attorneys at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire today.