A receptor on our immune cells that can detect both the heat of a red chili pepper
and the extreme physical heat of a pizza oven may help protect the brain following
a traumatic brain injury, scientists say.
A third of patients hospitalized with a TBI die from damage that is actually secondary
to the collision on a football field or highway that caused their initial head trauma,
says Dr. Kumar Vaibhav, research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery at theMedical College of Georgiaat Augusta University.
He is looking to find whether activating the receptor – transient receptor potential
vanilloid-1, or TRPV1 – on the immune cells that rush to the ailing brain, can reduce
the lingering inflammation associated with problems like poor cognition and depression
in the aftermath of a TBI...(click for more).
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