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-- -- the National Football League alumni association is teaming up with a bio pharmaceutical company for a possible brain -- and brain drug tests that.
May have a big impact -- players depending on whether or not the clinical trial.
Actually -- to -- results the trial would involve potentially retired professional football players and would specifically be geared towards those that may be more of prowler -- have receive some traumatic brain injuries.
As you probably know thousands of former players are singing and it science teams in their claiming that the league did not do enough to protect them.
Considering the fact that they were getting concussions on the field.
Doctor -- think -- new -- cheaper new York presbyterian hospital and professor of clinical neurology at the whale we're now.
I'm medical center says this is studying this is an idea and that the NFL alumni association is teaming up with this drug company and they want to have a clinical trial -- but.
Will we really want to talk about now is what what prevented -- measures may be in her teens.
For people to have gone through something like a football career.
And know that they had some injury or trauma to their brain what does that look like right now.
Well at the moment in the United States there are millions of people that have suffered a brain injuries and not just from playing sports from a automobile accident slips and falls we have thousands of soldiers coming back from the Middle East who have had brain injuries.
And there's intensive -- search to try to find treatments to prevent this condition from developing now.
At the moments there is no drug that we can give there is no pill that I can offer that's going to have an effect.
But we do know that.
Good health habits.
Make a difference so what -- -- good health habits a good diet.
Keeping your weight down and getting regular exercise avoiding alcohol.
Avoiding other types of drugs and these are good health habits that will definitely.
Either delay or prevent a problem like this from developing.
Sue this company neural stem and Maryland says that they have a drug that could potentially.
Help to rebuild.
Re create brain cells.
-- it sounds remarkable yes I mean it is actually get -- as.
Yes it is remarkable and it's been tested in animals when we -- that animals are talking about mice and rats.
And in mice and rats they develop a compound which does seem to stimulate the growth of new nerve cells.
Now it will be tested in people.
But it is many years away today before we find out whether it will work or not and I hope it works I hope it works does that -- great thing.
But we don't know yet.
So that's why even there's even what are the reasons are talking about -- -- -- -- alumni association is thinking maybe they can have some of the former players be part of the potential trial in the future let me say (%expletive) different topic where there is a small study.
It's very interesting and it talks about.
The brain trauma as well and -- force soldiers -- -- comeback had a blast injury that affected there and their had their brain.
And are exhibiting PT SD like symptoms but a new study suggesting that perhaps is not PT SD it could be a hormone imbalance.
What can you tell us about -- Yes this is a fascinating study we have known for decades that people that suffer brain injuries.
A certain percentage of them will have abnormal function of the pituitary gland -- the pituitary gland.
Is -- the base of the brain it fits -- underneath the brain it's a tiny structure that is about a half an inch in diameter.
But is called the master gland -- and it is directly connected to the brain so there's a brain injury.
The pituitary can be damaged.
Adams ROS stack as we just look at the other camera right you're just planning to where it is renting underneath underneath the brain it.
Attached to the brain so it is -- this study actually saying that.
Potentially against moss said he they're gonna test and I'm more soldiers that a treatment for some of the sentence that they were feeling that we're PT SD light.
Could actually be some sort of hormone therapy.
It is absolutely possible but again this is a small study.
They were 35 patients that were involved and I hope is that they will study a much larger -- is actually believe that this is an important area.
That may turn out to be extremely helpful in diagnosing and treating some of these.
Injuries that I got a very exciting says the new content and some of the injuries -- -- I I think very happy.
Thank you -- pleasure in the brain cloud but I'm glad to have gotten having.
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