Science is working on better treatments that may be able to reduce brain damage that occurs after someone undergoes a brain injury.  Researchers have discovered that by injecting a polymer called polyethylene glycol into the brains of animals, they can reduce brain damage after the animals sustained a traumatic brain insult.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG; 2000 MW, 30% by volume) has been shown to mechanically repair damaged cellular membranes and reduce secondary axotomy after traumatic brain and spinal cord injury (TBI and SCI respectively). This repair is achieved following spontaneous reassembly of cell membranes made possible by the action of targeted hydrophilic polymers which first seal the compromised portion of the plasmalemma, and secondarily allow the lipidic core of the compromised membranes to resolve into each other.

This may eventually find use among human subjects. It could go a long way in reducing the damage that is the result of traumatic brain insults. Science is progressing towards minimizing brain damage and also repairing that brain damage as well.

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