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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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