Save the Brain: Study suggests new way to treat head trauma

11:21am, April 7, 2004

When a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, perhaps in a car crash or a fall, relatives and friends hope for the best. But physicians know a sobering truth: There's little they can do, and the patient stands a good chance of dying or having permanent brain damage.

New observations of how mouse brains react to severe trauma, however, suggest a surprising way to treat head injuries. The rodent data indicate that physicians should consider drugs that do the exact opposite of certain medications that have previously been tested, without success, on people with serious head injuries.

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