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Hormones May Speed Brain Recovery After Trauma

IU Health Study Continues Research

12/4/2012

A hormone found in pregnant women might speed recovery from serious brain injuries.

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This is part of a study at IU Health, hoping to combat brain trauma, which is very difficult for doctors to treat.

An experimental trial of the pregnancy hormone progesterone , which is known to help reduce swelling and improve memory in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, has shown promise according to Dr. Michael Turner, IU Health neurosurgeon.

Turner says other sex hormones have been widely accepted by doctors to have some impact on the brain. For example, in men, exercise releases testosterone which has shown to slow brain degeneration as men grow older.

Turner says something similar may happen with progesterone, something he and other doctors hope to learn more about as their study continues.

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