Potential New Test for Traumatic Brain Injuries

There is a potential new test for brain injuries currently in development.  Researchers are closing in on identifying biomarkers that would allow diagnosis of brain injuries with a simple blood test.  The biomarkers are proteins produced by an injured brain.  Such testing could allow for quicker diagnosis of a brain injury and quicker appropriate medical treatment.  For example, brain injury is not just an immediate injury.  It is a disease process that can last for days following the traumatic event.  During that time, a cascade of biomarker proteins are produced.  This suggests that the brain damage continues to take place.  If a simple blood test could result in an immediate diagnose, earlier medical intervention could prevent the additional brain damage from occurring.

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