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Brain injury patients might benefit from brain implant study

Suffering from any type of brain injury can have an impact on the rest of a person's life. In some cases, the impact is minimal and life returns to normal. When the impact is significant, the long-term effects can be devastating. Research being done by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might lead to a lessened impact of traumatic brain injuries.

The project involves the implanting probes in the brain to help reverse some memory loss. The focus is on treating some of the nation's military, including those who were involved in Iraq and Afghanistan combat, who have suffered from brain injuries since 2000.

This project is part of the BRAIN initiative, which was instituted by President Obama. While the subjects of the research are injured veterans, it is hoped that the research will benefit others with memory loss due to a brain injury or brain condition.

The news of this study is welcome news for people who are affected by Alzheimer's disease, dementia or brain injuries. While it is uncertain if this study will end with an anti-memory-loss device, it might offer hope to some people who have trouble with their memory.

If you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you might be suffering from some memory loss and other medical conditions caused by the brain injury. If the brain injury was caused by someone else's negligence, you might be able to seek compensation for your injury-related expenses and losses. Seeking advice from a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney might help you to decide if seeking compensation is appropriate for your situation.

Source:  Business Week, "Brain Implants Hold Promise Restoring Combat Memory Loss: Health" Kathleen Miller, Feb. 07, 2014

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