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Researchers given $16.5 million to study traumatic brain injuries

Wisconsin patients may be interested to learn that the National Institute of Health has chosen two Pittsburg researchers to conduct a $16.5 million study to evaluate all pediatric traumatic brain injury treatments. Traumatic brain injuries are prevalent among children who are 14 years old or younger, with approximately half of a million children being brought to the emergency room for these types of injuries each year nationwide. Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death among young children, and many who survive are disabled.

The international study will span five years with the goal of standardizing clinical practices and providing standardized guidelines in the hopes of improving the outcomes of children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Six different treatments will be under review, including nutrition, glucose support and the prophylactic hyperventilation method, which utilizes quick, deep breaths to theoretically reduce brain swelling.

This particularly study will have a sample size of 1,000 children who are 18 years old or younger from 36 different locations nationwide and internationally. All children will be provided with the standard of care that is provided by their respective hospitals, and the test results will be compared both at six months and 12 months after the injury occurred. It is hoped that study will indicate the best therapies to help children recover from these injuries.

The results of this study may have serious repercussions. For example, parents expect that their injured children's doctor knows how to treat them to give them the best chance of recovery. However, this study may indicate that the treatments that are being used by some doctors are not as effective as others are. In these instances, an experienced Wisconsin attorney may be able to help their client by giving them legal advice and assistance in navigating the process if there is evidence that the child was harmed due to the treatments they received.

Source: WESA, "Local Researchers Land $16.5 Million To Study Traumatic Brain Injuries", Michael Lynch, August 06, 2013

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