Do Genes Play A Roll In Brain Injury Recovery?

According to a recent study by the departments of neuroscience and psychology at the University of Illinois, a single gene, called BDNF, plays a large role in traumatic brain injury recovery. BDNF is “a basic growth factor in the brain that supports neurogenesis, which is the formation of new neurons,” said a lead researcher. “One of the hypotheses is that BDNF would be critical for recovering from TBI and the formation of new neurons following an injury.”

The study analyzed the intelligence and cognitive performance of 156 Vietnam veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries with different forms of the BDNF gene. The results were then compared to the pre-war Armed Forces Qualifications Test, which measured their intelligence before the accident. They found that certain variants of the gene result in a significantly more difficult recovery. As such, doctors should test traumatic brain injury victims for the presence of the gene to gauge the amount of resources required for recovery.

After a traumatic brain injury, the victim will likely face cognitive and emotional challenges for the rest of their lives. In addition, traumatic brain injuries can also limit the victim’s mobility, requiring extensive physical therapy. Taking care of a traumatic brain injury victim is an incredible financial burden on the victim’s family, and there is no reason why a family should deal with this on their own.

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The Metier Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to helping the families of traumatic brain injury victims get their lives back on track by providing the victim with the best possible health care and securing full monetary compensation. For more information, contact us at (866) 377-3800 to schedule a free consultation with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers.

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Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/02/27/differences-in-single-gene-may-influence-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury/

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