Science Daily 9/9/2021
You’ve been in a car accident and sustained a head injury. You recovered, but years later you begin having difficulty sleeping. You also become very sensitive to noise and bright lights, and find it hard to carry out your daily activities, or perform well at your job.
This is a common situation after a traumatic brain injury — many people experience bad side effects months or years later. These long-term effects can last a few days or the rest of a person’s life.
“No therapies currently exist to prevent the disabilities that can develop after a brain trauma,” says Jeanne Paz, PhD, associate investigator at Gladstone Institutes. “So, understanding how the traumatic brain injury affects the brain, especially in the long term, is a really important gap in research that could help develop new and better treatment options.”