Protecting Brains Video

In this medical video learn how a natural hormone may change the way doctors treat many ER patients with brain injuries. To have anything that would even marginally improve the outcome for these patients would be a dramatic find.
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Jennifer Matthews: It's incredible that Robert Smith can even walk. Robert Smith: I was partially ejected out the back window. Jennifer Matthews: He was in a coma for two months after a car crash. Robert Smith: They didn't think I was really going to make it. Dr. David Wright: Traumatic brain injury is a very significant problem in this country. Over 1.2 million head injuries a year. Jennifer Matthews: For ER doctors, it's frustrating. David Wright: There have been over 100 studies looking for neuro-protectants, for drugs that would help patients after a head injury. And absolutely none have been found in over 30 years of research. Jennifer Matthews: That's why Dr. Wright jumped at the chance to study the natural hormone progesterone. The first human study with 100 patients looked at the safety of injecting the hormone right after an injury. There were surprising results. Dr. David Wright: There was a 50% reduction in mortality, which was the thing that stood out obviously, the most. Jennifer Matthews: Robert is a computer network engineer. After having the hormone injection, he still has some lingering physical issues, but says he's as sharp as ever. Robert Smith: But I believe with this medicine, a lot of prayers and this medicine progesterone, it just helped regenerate those cells and brought me back to where I needed to be. Jennifer Matthews: Another benefit of this potential breakthrough, the hormone is inexpensive and safe. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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