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Traumatic brain injury is predicted by the World Health Organisation, to be the main cause of neurological disability in the world by 2020. However recent advances in neuroscience are not benefiting traumatic brain injury patients according to US scientists.
Doctors who treat brain injury patients use the Glasgow Coma Scale to categorise brain injury as either mild, moderate or severe. Depending on other symptoms they may also make further a diagnosis, such as a coma when the patient does not respond to any stimulation. In other cases they may diagnose amnesia, impaired attention or an impaired ability to plan, however these classifications reveal little about the brain's damaged mechanisms.
Aron Barbey, professor of neuroscience, proposes that doctors use new discoveries about the brain networks which control our attention, memory and thought. The thinking is that this will then allow treating doctors to develop more targeted treatment. Of the many brain networks identified by neuroscientists there are 3 main ones which are particularly prone to injury.
Barbey suggests that methods which are familiar to neuroscience and little used in treatment should be tested in patients, such as transcranial direct-current brain stimulation and fitness training which delivers global benefits to brain health.
At Head Injury UK our brain injury solicitors hope that the application of the latest neuroscience understanding of how our brain works is used by treating doctors to better improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain injured patients. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else's fault, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988 to see how we can help you.
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