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Could this shocking new treatment help brain injury victims?

Brain injury victims often suffer from memory loss, but a new and "shocking" cure could help people with brain injuries overcome some of the worst aspects of losing their memory. A recent paper, published in the medical journal, Current Biology, illuminates the promise of a new medical treatment. Recently, using mild electrical pulses, physicians have improved the memories of people suffering from brain injury and dementia.

Research physicians have long been aware that the quality of an individual's memory can vary from day to day. Some days we will remember a lot, and other days, our brains feel like they're in a fog. The same is true for people with brain damage: some days are better than others.

What if every day could be a "good memory" day?

Recently, a physician from the University of Pennsylvania started to brainstorm ways that he could bring everyone's memories up to peak performance at any time. If a brain injury victim could reach peak performance status all the time, then every day, he or she would be at his best.

The physician started working with severe epilepsy patients who already had temporary electrodes connected to the insides of their brains. This gave scientists the ability to send mild electrical pulses to the deepest parts of their brains. At first, the treatments had the opposite effect, and the patients' memories declined.

Later, physicians discovered that if they applied the treatments on a so-called "bad memory" day, then the treatments had a positive effect. If they applied the treatments on a "good memory" day, then they had a negative effect.

Are you suffering from a traumatic brain injury?

To pay for the most advanced medical treatments available to treat the debilitating conditions associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients may want to pursue a personal injury claim. If the TBI resulted due to the fault or negligence of another party, TBI sufferers could have a viable case to pursue financial damages in court.

Source: NPR, "Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing," Jon Hamilton, April 20, 2017

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