Sunday, March 6, 2011

Army Considers Using a New Class of Drugs for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

This hot news item was mentioned by Bob Brewin in his blog, What's Brewin', dated 2 March 2011:

The Army plans to test neuroprotective drugs to treat traumatic brain injury, the service's top scientist told members of the House Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on Tuesday.

Dr. Marilyn Freeman, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, told lawmakers the service plans to test the effectiveness of drugs that help prevent damage to axons, which carry electrical impulses from nerve cells.

The drugs, so the theory goes according to this video, help prevent TBI by ensuring axons don't die as a result of a brain injury.

I wish I had paid better attention in biology class.

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