While it is relatively easy to spot the signs of serious traumatic brain injury, it is harder to detect subtle or “minor” brain injuries, although these types of trauma can also cause long-term damage. Now, biomedical engineering may be able to provide some answers for ways to detect these minor brain injuries and to treat them appropriately, thereby possibly limiting the damage caused by these common injuries.
One researcher at Arizona State University recently received the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award for research in developing tools to spot brain injury at the molecular level. The nanoscale devices currently in development may give healthcare professionals the tools they need to spot brain injury even when there are no obvious symptoms.
The system works through engineered nanobodies, which are therapeutic proteins derived from real antibodies that contain many of the same functional properties. When these nanobodies are introduced into the bloodstream, they may be able to detect molecular and cellular-level changes that indicate brain damage and even jump-start the healing process instantly.
The Extent of the Brain Injury Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million people in the United States each year sustain traumatic brain damage of some type. Most of these injuries are classified as “mild” TBIs, which means that they are recoverable and often have very minor symptoms. However, recent research suggests that even “mild” TBIs may have long-term consequences for health and well-being. This is particularly true since the spotlight has been focused on football and hockey players who show evidence of long-term damage after repeated minor concussions.
Many people suffer TBIs as a result of car accidents. Other common causes are sports injuries, slip-and-fall accidents and violent crimes such as assault.
What Can I Do If I Am The Victim of a TBI?
If you are the victim of a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to payment of monetary damages from the person who hurt you. However, in order to collect this compensation, you may need the help of a personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and fight for you.
The attorneys at the Scarlett Law Group in San Francisco have many years of experience in helping victims of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries. Contact them today for a free consultation.