Flu medicine may speed up recovery from brain injuries
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
- Duration 3:28
- Date Mar 4, 2012
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
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Well time now to talk about a potential breakthrough in the treatment of brain injuries a new study finding a flu medicine.
May actually help speed up recovery David somebody as a member of the fox these -- eighteen he joins us now with more details about this and doc understand this is an old flu vaccine that's actually caught a meant to dean and it could actually speed up the brain injuries for those who may have fallen.
Or perhaps been -- crash could that include football players and and another and and the like.
Kelly you sound exactly like a professor in the unity is school of medicine you sound very good so imagine -- naturally is write the history of these in the 1960s.
It was discovered to repair all the respiratory infections and then they don't just by accident was found that it actually can help with Parkinson disease.
Don't really know with a mechanism action but -- -- that he can increase some sort of hormone called -- -- me and that's one of the reasons that he can help.
-- this kind of disease now recently.
And we always bring these breaking news medical news to you.
But what -- they found was in the new -- -- medicine is that this medication he's being used.
For treatment -- -- a brain injury traumatic brain injury and as you mentioned these are mostly falls.
Or car crash not your penetrating trauma.
You get -- -- Giffords so what they did was they looked at a 184.
Participants they divided into two groups one of them but this Samantha -- and the other one did end.
And after four weeks they realize that they're responding better to speech -- actually the recognizing objects that cognitive skills are much improved.
And overall this is a great funding for this kind of patients after two weeks this is important part where they stopped taking the medication.
-- recover went down again why so this is really an important finding now obviously this is a small research group we need longer follow.
Bigger scope and also looking at other content of the injuries such as stroke -- brain injury or penetrating injury and but we're on the right path.
And a lot of you were really excited about this news.
Nothing else it shows how significant.
Had the potential of this -- -- to dean is how would affect perhaps troops were coming back.
From the war zone with head injuries that's a very excellent point because we have thousands -- thousand troops -- -- being injured.
Got a lot of visitors -- have to tell you it's it's just pure.
Could cautioned that result by itself.
But a lot of times it can become it into some to -- vegetative state.
-- cases like this -- at the beginning of you to see how it improves in America over one point seven million.
-- -- Brady drew -- this being seen.
Something like 275000.
Are being hospitalized and it's just accident like this is medicine is very exciting because just by chance.
We're finding of these medications helping these patients.
We traumatic brain through -- this is a great accident the accidental find how do you feel about a person -- real quickly.
I I think this is a great news I'm not planning to take any of these because of her government functioning -- but I think.
For the field this is a very exciting thing I -- and we look forward to more research.
And taking this further away but I -- my whole field of urology refining a lot of medications.
We gave full -- blood pressure we help we saw that it actually -- would you reduce symptoms.
We gave -- car for -- -- -- and it actually helps with the hair growth so this is another accident medicine.
Which I think is going to be very -- fantastic doctor Davis and Dottie thank you for that for sharing your insights on -- -- -- -- and the potential -- it will -- --