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A blow to the head can lead to a major health problem called traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is a leading cause of injury-related death and disability, and those with even mild TBI may experience long-term changes that affect their thinking and emotions. Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), clinicians and researchers are studying how to improve outcomes for patients with TBI and other types of brain injuries. Faculty members also are exploring new ways to facilitate rehabilitation after an injury. Much of this work is being done in collaboration with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

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Stem cells linked to cognitive gain after brain injury in preclinical study

A stem cell therapy previously shown to reduce inflammation in the critical time window after traumatic brain injury also promotes lasting cognitive improvement, according to preclinical research led by Charles Cox, M.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

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Children’s Learning Institute, TIRR Memorial Hermann to enhance early development for infants with disabilities

Starting this month, researchers from the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and TIRR Memorial Hermann will begin testing the effectiveness of a parenting program on early learning and motor development of infants with spina bifida and infants with tone and strength difficulties, including cerebral palsy.

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UTHealth researchers to study trauma patients for insights into PTSD

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are investigating whether post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a brain disorder that can affect multiple parts of the body and cause lifelong illnesses.

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