Concussion drug could reverse brain damage by ‘releasing’ damaged cells

A concussion drug reverses brain damage, new research suggests.

When given to mice who had recently suffered a brain injury, the medication allows the animals to navigate a maze as well as those who had not undergone such trauma, a study found.

Mice were chosen as they often react similarly to humans when suffering a blow to the head, with complications including personality change, aggression and confusion. 

The drug, known as Isrib, is thought to ‘release’ the brain, which may downplay its function after an injury to avoid using damaged cells, according to the researchers.

Although some are excited by Isrib’s development as a treatment option, others argue the drug’s effectiveness is unclear as it is in its early development stages and has only been tested on animals to date.

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