Progesterone Found to Help Brain Injury ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Progesterone Found to Help Brain Injury

Doctors have discovered that the hormone progesterone, a steroid usually associated with pregnancy and libido, may help save people who are suffering from serious head trauma. The study online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, show that doctors at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital found that more patients who received progesterone survived head injuries than patients who were given a placebo. Researchers believe that the drug helps head trauma patients due to progesterone receptors being widely circulated in the central nervous system, and also because progesterone would appear to lessen brain swelling. Additionally, studies on injured animals show that progesterone prevents the loss of nerve cells. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries can cause anything from slight dizziness to death. More than 1 million head injuries are caused every year in the US as a result of firearms, car crashes and falls.

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