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Study Tests Using Progesterone to Treat Brain Injuries

Posted Feb 15 2010 3:15pm

Henry Ford Hospital will evaluate the effectiveness of using the hormone progesterone to treat traumatic brain injuries without first obtaining patients’ informed consent as part of a national research study.

During emergency conditions federal regulations allow research to be performed without the informed consent of patients who are unconscious at the time. As soon as family members are available or the patients awaken their consent is sought to continue their participation in the study.

Called ProTECTthe study aims to determine if progesterone can decrease the disability and death associated with TBIthe leading cause of death and disability in children and adults under age 44according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Multiple animal studies have demonstrated that progesterone may decrease brain damage caused by a traumatic brain injury.

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