The molecules promote full recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice, according to the study published online in Neurobiology of Disease. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for people under 45 years old in the United States and is associated with disability, early-onset dementia, cognitive disorders, mental illness and epilepsy.
Nearly all approaches for treating TBI focus on trying to prevent neurons, or nerve cells, from degenerating or attempting to promote their survival, the study notes. TBI typically alters neural circuits within injured brain regions. Read more here.