BRAIN INJURY LAWYER – SEIZURES AFTER ACCIDENT
A recent article in Medical News Today reported that halting production of new neurons in the brain following traumatic brain injury (TBI) can help reduce resulting epileptic seizures, cognitive decline, and impaired memory. Injury to the brain stimulates the production of new neurons, but these new cells are sometimes hyperexcitable, disrupting neural circuits and causing recurring seizures, researchers with UT Southwestern’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair reported in Nature Communications. Effectively stopping the process in genetically modified mice resulted in fewer seizures. In addition, eliminating the development of new neurons – a process called neurogenesis – appeared to reduce cognitive decline and impairment of memory, common effects of seizures.
“Understanding the mechanisms that promote aberrant neurogenesis caused by traumatic brain injury and subsequent seizures may open new therapeutic avenues to prevent epilepsy and associated memory problems caused by impact,” said senior author Dr. Jenny Hsieh, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and a member of the UT Southwestern Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine. Halting development of new neurons resulted in a roughly 40 percent reduction in seizure frequency in the mice, but did not alter the duration of individual seizures. However, the researchers found that stopping neurogenesis before the development of seizures had a long-lasting effect, suppressing chronic seizure frequency for nearly one year, even at a late stage of the TBI disease.
An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy, costing an estimated $15.5 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 20 percent of epileptic seizures, many of which are from an accident, but how or why recurring seizures develop after a severe brain injury has thus far been unclear. Some drugs can help control seizures, but there is no drug to prevent or cure epilepsy.
TBI ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN
If you or a family member have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident, call our office and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our top MN brain injury attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing people injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, from a defective product, gas explosion, and many other types of incidents. Pam Rochlin is a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, offering her clients personal attention. She was the 2015 president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, and has been voted a MN Super Lawyer for the past ten years. You can meet with an attorney at our offices in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, or Woodbury to discuss your brain injury accident case. Our best lawyers will also come to your home to discuss your TBI case in St. Paul, Roseville, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Chanhassen, Chaska, Bloomington, Richfield, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Albert Lea, Mankato, Rogers, and other cities throughout MN.