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Glucose metabolism may help predict brain injury vulnerability

A brain injury can be one of the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer from. They can cause long-term medical problems and may result in a person needing assistance their entire life. There are many things that medical professionals still don't know about the brain. Every year, we are learning more about how the brain works and what factors may contribute to long-term side effects of brain injuries.

One of the most recent discoveries was that cerebral glucose metabolism might be an indicator of how vulnerable the brain is to further injury after an initial injury. Researchers found that the amount of glucose metabolism was much lower right after an injury, and slowly improved over time. After repeat injuries, the time of recovery may be slower, resulting in an increased risk of further brain damage.

While this might not help prevent brain injuries, it could help doctors understand the effects of an injury and improve medical guidelines following brain injuries. Right now, seeking the best treatment possible is all that brain injury victims can do. While there is no perfect cure for brain injuries, more research will hopefully lead to better treatments.

Speaking with an experienced Missouri personal injury attorney might be a wise decision for someone who has suffered a brain injury, or has a family member who has been injured. They can help a victim seek compensation for their injuries. While compensation can't undo an injury, it can help a person pay for medical expenses and allow them to receive the long-term treatments they might need.

Source: UPI, "Brain metabolic rate may gauge injury risk," Jan. 27, 2013

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