Can Futuristic New Technologies Help Traumatic Brain Injury Patients?

Recent developments within the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) may one day allow traumatic brain injury patients to regain the capacity to form and retain new memories. DARPA is widely known in the defense industry for building and testing classified weapons for the Department of Defense, but its work on restoring memory loss for veterans may eventually be used on the broader population.

Project leaders at DARPA have appropriately named the treatment Restoring Active Memory (RAM). RAM uses a wireless implant to interact with the brain and sense memory deficits caused by a traumatic brain injury. To ensure the project has some degree of success, DARPA has formed a cooperative agreement with the University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop the new device.

DARPA is running an additional research team through the University of California San Diego and using it to study the practicality of employing advanced nanotechnology to treat patients with TBIs.

Memory Loss and Traumatic Brain Injury

Over five million Americans struggle with the effects left behind from a TBI, and two million more end up in U.S. emergency rooms with TBI-related injuries every year. TBIs are common after injuries that include automobile accidents, falls and assaults. Memory loss is a cognitive problem often seen in those who have sustained a TBI, and it usually entails remembering new information and events.

New developments in technology will one day be able to restore normal memory functions for patients with a TBI. TBIs are a difficult injury to live with, and many people do not realize that certain resources are available to help them. Metier Law Firm has been a long-time advocate for TBI awareness, and we will help you fight for your recovery.

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Source: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122673

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