In the past, those who have suffered neuron or nerve cell injury have
had little hope of finding a way to repair the damage quickly. In some
cases, the nerves might never repair themselves, leading to a permanent
loss of sensation or a life-long disability. Recently, however,
molecular biologists at Penn State University have released findings of a
study that suggest that there may be new hope for re-growing damaged nerve tissue.
What Does This Research Show?
The current study dealt with regeneration rates of dendrites, the
branched projections of the nerve cell that conduct electrical
stimulation to the cell body. Axons are nerve fibers that conduct
electricity away from the neuron cells and are a separate part of the
cell. In the past, researchers believed that in order to regenerate
nerve cells, both dendrites and axons must re-grow and that these two
processes were linked. New evidence shows this may not be the case.
While this research is still in its infancy, it tackles some of the
most deeply-held beliefs about how to treat nerve damage. Using fruit
flies, researchers took the radical approach of cutting off all
dendrites or information-carrying cells to the nerves and were amazed to
find that, within a few hours, the cells were re-growing the
dendrites. Furthermore, the dendrites appeared to be unaffected by the
regeneration of axons.
What this means for human beings could be astonishing. For example, if stroke patients or brain injury patients could re-grow dendrites, doctors might be able to promote and speed up the process, thereby helping victims recover from these devastating brain injury events much more quickly.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of A Brain Injury?
Unfortunately, scientists are still in the pioneering stages of brain
injury research, even though great strides have been made in the past
few decades. Hopefully, new research such as this Penn State study will
continue to add to the knowledge base of how brain injuries can be
In the meantime, those who suffer brain injuries may be entitled to
compensation to help them pay for currently available treatments. The
attorneys at Scarlett Law Group
are ready to work with brain injury victims and their families to help
them recover financial compensation for medical bills, pain and
suffering and other costs associated with a serious head trauma accident.