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New Zealand Pharmaceutical Teams Up With U.S. Army to Cure Traumatic Brain Injuries

Neuren Pharmaceuticals, a New Zealand based company has been working with the United States Army since 2004 creating a drug they hope will assist in the recovery from concussions.

As discussed in previous posts, traumatic brain injuries have been doubted the hallmark injuries suffered by our warriors in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These injuries typically occur when insurgents attack military convoys by detonating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by the side of the road. The shockwaves produced by these powerful explosions (usually artillery ordinance rigged to a cellphone so as to allow attackers to detonate them from a distance), travel though the soldiers' helmets and heads, making the brain bounce back and forth inside the skull and causing lasting injuries. The process is repeated as the soldier gets thrown against objects inside the vehicle (dashboard, side columns, etc.) or gets thrown out of the vehicle, subsequently hitting the road, a wall or some other object.

Car accident victims suffer a very similar fate when their bodies get thrown against objects inside the vehicle or ejected from the car altogether (often because they are not wearing their seat belts) and end up hitting the road, a wall or some other object, like a light pole. Please note that although it is unlikely that someone in our roads will die as a result of an improvised explosive device being detonated by the side of the road, the forces generated by a motor vehicle accident, specially one with, for example, a large tractor trailer, can be as devastating as those produced by a roadside explosion.

New Drug Mimics Naturally Occurring Immunoglobulin

According the nzherald.co.nz, the new drug, denominated NMZ-2566 has the ability to mimic the naturally occurring immunoglobulin transcription factor 1 that is generated by the body after a brain injury and is believed to have a positive effect in helping reduce secondary injury. Scientists at Auckland University managed to modify the natural process and synthesize a molecule that can be readily available for oral ingestion.

The drug is currently undergoing phase two clinical trials and will be initially tested on soldiers that have suffered traumatic brain injuries while deployed. However, if trials are as successful as expected, phase three could be accelerated and the drug could be readily available by 2016-17. Scientists expect to be able to treat athletes (primarily rugby and football players) as well as motor vehicle accident victims, which conform the great majority of traumatic brain injury victims, as soon as the testing phases end. However, usually these treatments are very expensive, and when it comes to victims of accidents caused by others' negligence, we may be able to help.

The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

With more than 75 years of combined experience, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation. These funds may include money for the expensive treatments mentioned in these posts, for rehabilitation therapy, for your pain and suffering and for lost wages.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, a truck accident, an amusement park accident or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injury Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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