New Drug Being Tested for Treatment of Head Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury
Ellen KlepacOctober 18, 2012 3:09 PM
New Zealand researchers have developed a drug that they hope will help those who’ve suffered head injury, according to an article on nzherald.com.
NNZ-2566, now being tested by New Zealand’s Neuren Pharmaceuticals, was designed to imitate the beneficial chemical reactions that go on in the brain when a concussion or injury occurs. In short, it replicates the body’s automatic efforts to heal itself at the moment it is damaged.
The drug has only one final stage of trials to complete and will become available in 2016 at the earliest. This November, it’s slated to be tested on U.S. soldiers who’ve experienced brain trauma. Neuren has been working with the U.S. Army since 2004.
Soldiers, football players, baseball players, and those who suffer traumatic brain injury in an accident all stand to benefit from the pill. Head injuries run the gamut from relatively trivial to fatal, but in every incidence of injury or trauma to the head, medical attention should be sought immediately to make sure there has not been a concussion. Minor head injuries may not have any effect on the person aside from the pain. Problems from concussions and brain trauma may not develop immediately, however, so it’s even more important to pay attention to any possible symptoms of sustained damage.
Caregiver.org lists some of the signs those who have suffered TBI may display, including:
Lack of emotion
Inappropriate emotional responses
Inappropriate sexual behavior
If you’ve suffered any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention for your sake and for those you love.