Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) arise when a physical injury to the head triggers a devastating response that destroys the brain’s neurons and leads to a deprivation of nutrients and oxygen in certain parts of the brain. These injuries often occur during military service, in car accidents and other types of collisions involving trauma to the head. This response leads to extensive damage to a person’s motor skills, language and cognitive ability. The issue that arises with TBIs is that although the brain’s neurons are constantly making new synaptic connections among existing neurons, the neurons themselves do not regenerate, so there is currently no effective way to restore the brain function that is lost.
Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Biomaterial Drug Development , Discovery and Delivery Laboratory have created a hydrogel that activates and supports stem cells and the damaged neurons to not only reduce dangerous inflammation but also restore blood vessels, thereby restoring oxygenation and nutrient flow to the damaged area. The new advance comes from utilizing a protein in the hydrogel that mimics ependymin, which is known for protecting damaged neurons. By combining this advanced hydrogel with stem cells that can differentiate into neurons, researchers could soon help millions of patient’s suffering from devastating effects of TBIs
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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