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October 2015 Archives

Autonomous cars are being tested on public roads

Self-driving cars may not have hit the public roads in Louisiana yet, but they could be coming soon. Public road tests of autonomous cars are already taking place in Michigan, Florida, California and Nevada. In California, Google's self-driving cars navigate the public roadways in Silicon Valley on a regular basis.

Concussion treatment options for Louisiana patients

According to a neurosurgeon from the University of Pittsburgh, those who suffer a concussion should not be isolated during their recovery. He made the statement following a meeting of 37 scientists and others doing research into the issue, which was sponsored by the National Football League. Currently, doctors tend to seclude patients in the days and weeks after a concussion to allow the brain to recover and to avoid symptoms such as blurred vision and memory loss.

Brain injuries may cause chronic brain inflammation

According to a new study, long-term inflammation may be the cause of chronic brain damage and neuropsychiatric problems in people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The authors of the study, which was published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, believe that treating brain inflammation could lead to better outcomes for TBI patients in Louisiana and elsewhere.

Researchers look for brain injury treatments

When a car accident or sports injury sends someone to the hospital in Louisiana with a traumatic brain injury, physicians have almost no options for preventing brain damage. A Columbia University professor, who studies rat brain tissue in the lab, has stated that currently the best treatment is prevention, but current research that he and his colleagues are conducting may provide some hope.