Brain implants cut stroke risk for kids

Brain implants cut stroke risk for kids

Brain implants cut stroke risk for kids

By Tim Gardner and Laura Young

New York Times:

Inner ear-treatment procedures were found to work in dramatically reducing the frequency of strokes in children with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a new study that shows just how far we have come in helping heal kids and families after severe injuries.

Starting with the Boston neurosurgeon Julian Bailes and continuing with researchers at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh, researchers have recently developed methods to deliver drug-based ear-repair medications to kids who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as those inflicted by concussions and blows to the head.

Their discovery — that such treatments reduce the frequency of strokes in the brain and decrease the brain’s volume of fluid — has quickly ignited interest among doctors and school districts, which are looking for new ways to help children recover from the brain damage and long-term cognitive and behavior problems they may experience in the wake of a concussion or a head injury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even developed a training program, called School Ease, to introduce physicians and school officials to the use of treatment.

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