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NIH study finds gaps in concussion care

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nihlogoThe National Institutes of Health reveals gaps in the treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, according to a recently published study.

“A lot of people get traumatic brain injury but it’s such a complex disease that the care of [it] isn’t well known,” said Patrick Bellgowan, Ph.D., Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “We also don’t know who's going to recover and how well they’re going to recover.”

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NIH discovers drainage system in brain

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Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have confirmed the existence of a drainage system in the human brain.

“We literally watched people’s brains drain fluid into these vessels,” said Dr. Daniel S. Reich a researcher at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the senior author of the study. “We hope that our results provide new insights to a variety of neurological disorders.”

Reich explained that his research team discovered the brain had vessels that are part of the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is designed to drain waste and fight infections by distributing white blood cells to various parts of the body.

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