Gel That Is Injected Into Brain Could Heal Injuries Caused In Combat

September 6, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Researchers have developed an exciting new injectable gel that could actually heal brain injuries, such as those gained in car accidents, or for returning soldiers who have been wounded in attacks.

The gel uses synthetic materials and chemicals to heal damaged nerves and encourage the creation of new neurons.

This is a huge step towards healing conditions caused by injuries that once could only be maintained.

”We have seen an increase in brain injuries due to combat, but our strategy can also potentially be applied to head injuries caused by car accidents, falls and gunshot wounds,” Dr Ning Zhang of the University of Clemson University was quoted by The Telegraph.

”These results that we are seeing in adult lab rats are the first of its kind and show a sustained functional recovery in the animal model of TBI (traumatic brain injury). It also represents one of very few in the traumatic brain injury field that attempts structural repair of the lesion cavity using a tissue-engineering approach.”

Scientists are hoping that the gel will be ready to test on human subjects within the next three years, and will provide a real solution to repairing damage in devastating brain injuries.


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