A traumatic brain injury is often a life-altering event. Those who are affected are sure to be interested in any news of increased understanding on the mechanics of how the brain is changed after such injuries. New Yorkers should take note, then, of new research that could potentially lead to increased recovery of the brain injured.
A recent study that was published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers examined two variants of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene and its role in recovering from traumatic brain injury. A person inherits a combination of two subsets of BDNF from their parents and during research, it was discovered that injured individuals who possessed a specific combination of the gene performed much lower on I.Q. tests. These results show that those with the gene combination are more susceptible to the effects of traumatic brain injuries than those who do not, possibly providing a new roadmap for the treatments used for brain injury patients.
While the new information regarding the treatment of traumatic brain injuries is promising, the pain and suffering caused by such injuries can be overwhelming for those experiencing them. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, an experience attorney may be able to provide legal guidance throughout the difficult process. Compensation for loss of wages, medical expenses and more can possibly be awarded if negligence led to the injury.
As the potential of the BDNF research continues to be explored, proper legal assistance can provide those who have been affected by traumatic brain injury with an easy path while they wait for medical breakthroughs.
Source: foxnews.com, “Differences in a single gene may influence recovery from traumatic brain injury,” Loren Grush, Feb. 27, 2014