Determining treatment outcomes of traumatic brain injury
Moleus, Philippe Stuart
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major health problem affecting the adult and pediatric population. Scientists and clinicians are working diligently to discover possible therapeutics for the treatment of TBI. Two possible treatments to deal with TBI include sleep and the administration of progesterone. Yet, there are conflicting results from studies regarding the efficacy of either treatment. Sleep appears to reduce neuroinflammation and reduce axonal damage in the brain following TBI. Sleep deprivation, however, may have neuroprotective effects after TBI. Progesterone has also been shown to have neuroprotective effects following TBI. But, there are no sufficient data from animal studies to determine if progesterone is an effective therapeutic. More research studies will have to be conducted to further understand the role of sleep and progesterone in alleviating TBI.