As parents we try our best to protect our children, but accidents do happen, and in some cases, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury (TMI) is the leading cause of both death and disability in children aged 19 and younger.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, in 2009 approximately 248,418 children received treatment for concussion or TMI. In the period from 2001 to 2009, the rate of diagnosis of concussion of TMI in children increased by 57 percent.
While treatment of traumatic brain injuries hasn’t changed much in the past 30 to 40 years, new treatments for TMI are always being explored. The Huffington Post recently interviewed Dr. Charles Cox about his current research into treatment of traumatic brain injury in children. Dr. Cox is currently conducting Phase 2b of a clinical trial investigating the effects of children’s own bone marrow cells as a treatment for TMI.
Children who suffer from a traumatic brain injury will usually lose approximately ten percent of their brain’s white matter. Dr. Cox’s double blinded, randomized study explores the effect of the intravenous infusion of the child’s own bone marrow cells on this depletion of white matter.
The children enrolled in the study suffer from severe traumatic brain injuries, often coming to the study while in a coma. During Phase 1 of the study, it was found that there was no loss of brain matter in children who were treated with their own bone marrow cells. Phase 2 focuses on using the children’s own bone marrow cells in the preservation of brain matter post-trauma.
Clinical trials are also being performed with adults suffering from severe traumatic brain injuries.
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