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Brain may be more repairable than previously thought

New findings suggest the brain may have more ability to repair itself than previously thought, leading researchers to speculate that a new approach to treatment may be imminent.

According to a report in Diagnostic Imaging, Michael Lipton, MD, associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, revealed his research at a recent meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

By using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, Lipton and other researchers were able to analyze the uniform flow of water in the brain in cases of mild traumatic brain injury.

The report says researchers have long known that brain injuries can lead to a lower flow of water molecules in the brain. But Lipton and his colleagues also found that some patients had abnormally high water molecule flow in some parts of their brains.

And those patients had fewer symptoms and higher cognitive functioning. Lipton suggested that may be a sign of neuroplasticity, which is one of the ways that people are able to recover from a brain injury.

Lipton is quoted as saying: “We’re not talking about new nerves regenerating, but we’re talking about existing nerves connecting and interacting with each other.”

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