Aussies discover new brain trauma approach

Australian researchers have discovered a way to use two compounds in a way they believe will firstly contain damage from traumatic brain injury and then assist healing.

Timing is crucial for the process to work, says researcher Dr Joshua Burton, who has discovered that water channels react to injury at a later stage than reflected in the current literature.

He has conducted laboratory experiments that show the initial compound inhibits injury-induced cerebral oedema, helping to close the window of vulnerability. The second is used later in the progression of the injury to enhance water channel