Earlier this week Drug Delivery News explained how new “nano treatments” might be able to help prevent children from developing cerebral palsy. Nanomedicine refers to use of nanotechnogy in medicine, which involves manipulation of very small material on the atomic and molecular level. It very much represents the cutting edge of medical research and treatment. Nanmomedicine can involve a range of treatment tools, from using nanoelectronic biosensors or implantation of various nanmaterials into the body.
In this case, the article suggests potential prevention of cerebral palsy using this tools that were uncovered by researchers with the National Institute of Health and at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. The researchers believe that using new nanodevices to deliver medication to brain injured children might prevent spreading brain damage that often results in cerebral palsy. We touched on the ideas discovered in a previous post.
Essentially, the treatment involves using very small devices to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver medication to injured parts of an infant’s brain. The pinpointing of the drugs can prevent brain inflammation that lead to CP. Early research using this approach on animals has indicated good results.
The treatment method uses tiny devices called dendrimers with a special drug (D-NAC). The small nanodevices are inserted into the child’s brain and guided so that they cross the blood-brain barrier. Once across the barrier and guided to the injured area, the devices release the drug.
What was the effect?
When used on newborn rabbits whose brains exhibited damage consisted with that seen in newborn infants who develop cerebral palsy, the drugs were very successful at preventing long-term harm. Those rabbits who received D-NAC showed mobility improvement the very same day that they received the drug treatment. They appeared nearly back to normal five days after the initial treatment. Compared to the placebo groups, these results were remarkable. Rabbits that did not receive the drug were essentially left with severe cerebral palsy-like symptoms.
Researchers explain that perhaps the most important finding here is that some postnatal treatment might work. In the past all of the work to prevent CP dealt with avoiding developmental problems or birth injuries which would lead to the brain damage. However, this research suggests that even if the damage develops, there may be some options for medical professionals to intervene even after the birth to prevent the long-term harm.
Each Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers at our firm is very familiar with all of the issues affecting children with cerebral palsy. We understand that an early reaction is always concern about the overall effect that the condition will have on the youngster’s overall health. Families then try to learn as much as they can about what physical and developmental challenges will be faced and what can be done to ensure the child reaches their full potential. Unfortunately, financial concerns often enter the mix, because it is not easy to obtain the resources necessary to ensure a child with one of these conditions will receive all of the care they need to maximize their potential. Illinois cerebral palsy lawsuits often help families receive support for those that caused the injury.
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