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New study aims to help doctors reduce brain injury deaths

Physicians in Louisiana face many challenges when treating brain injury victims, especially since traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect each patient differently. This is why the National Science Foundation (NSF) is planning to launch a four-year study to increase efforts to predict short- and long-term outcomes of patients with serious brain-related injuries. Researchers also hope to utilize machine-learning technology to better categorize TBI patients and present patient-specific interventions.

Serious or traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States for adults under 44 years of age and children. While researchers are aware there's nothing they can do on their end to prevent TBIs from happening in the first place, they believe there is room to prevent additional damage once initial treatment begins. Specifically, the study's researchers plan to use computational algorithms to help doctors detect and prevent secondary brain injuries that could further impact TBI patients.

Researchers also have a desire to use results from the study to help physicians go from general possibilities associated with TBIs to more specific ones. Data sources intended to be used for the study include both bedside patient data and remotely recorded telemedicine data. The reason for this approach to data collection is to develop a better understanding of TBI patient populations. Researchers further believe their work could result in new tools for physicians and clinicians while also providing important data TBI victims and/or family members might be able to use to make decisions about long-term care needs.

Advances in brain damage diagnosis and treatment that may result from this study will likely be welcomed by physicians, TBI sufferers, and their family members. Still, the financial impact of brain-related injuries can be significant, which is something a lawyer may be able to help with if negligence is a suspected cause of a TBI. If a personal injury case of this nature is effectively presented, an attorney may be able to help victims or their immediate family members secure compensation for medical expenses, long-term care, income lost from an inability to work, and the physical and emotional impact of the injury.

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