INJURED BRAIN REPAIR

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Humorous cartoon about a kid and his dad

 

 

 BRAINS ARE SENSITIVE

You would be surprised how easy it is to hurt a brain.  It doesn’t take much. With babies, just a little shaking. With grownups, a single rough football game or a minor motorcycle accident with the helmet still nicely attached to the rack.

Who wears a helmet when it’s this nice, right?

The men and women who fight our wars for us know about brain injuries. A handmade explosive can rip away a soldier’s future permanently. Happens all the time.

Until now, the options were very limited for brain injured patients. But researchers from Case Western Reserve University/University of Kansas Medical Center have come up with something amazing.

WOW!

Dr. Pedram Mohseni (Case Western Reserve) developed a “brain prosthesis” . A brain prosthesis is  an artificial thing which helps a brain work right. Dr. Mohensi’s device is a very small computer which can connect up parts of the brain that got disconnected because of an injury. It’s a bridge for the signals between the separated parts. The device uses powerful signal processing techniques to extract useful signals and then injects them where needed to “complete the circuit”. Although this may sound simple to an electronic hobbyist, this is several levels above “miracle” as far as medical science is concerned. It is amazing and startling and shocking and wonderful.

I’m not exaggerating.

Except – (good guess) – it’s the damn rats again. They have all the luck, don’t they? This has so far only been demonstrated on lab vermin. Experiments on lab animals are very important (although sometimes morally repugnant) but MISTER ScienceAintSoBad tries to “keep it real” with articles about things that are closer to the clinic or the drugstore. This research is remarkable though. How could I deny it mention? And a cartoon of its own.

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The drawing is mine. The kid, hopefully, is not.

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