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Post-traumatic neural depression and neurobehavioral recovery after brain injury.

Research paper by Theresa D TD Hernández

Indexed on: 25 Aug '06Published on: 25 Aug '06Published in: Journal of neurotrauma



Abstract

There are an estimated 2 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year in the United States, making the yearly incidence eight times greater than that of breast cancer and 34 times greater than HIV/AIDS. Still, it remains a "silent epidemic" because TBI results in persistent neurobehavioral impairment, without necessarily imparting a physical scar. The present review is a comparative analysis of TBI research, both basic and applied, outlining the evidence that at least one component of the brain's innate response to insult (e.g., post-traumatic neural depression) is sufficiently well understood to be the target of additional clinical studies and therapeutic strategy development.