—Brain Glucose, Drop By Drop “Microfluidic device reveals link between glucose and patient outcome in brain injury” More than 1 million people sustain head injuries each year in the U.S. alone. The primary damage to the brain is apparent within minutes, but it isn’t the only thing patients and their doctors have to worry about. Secondary brain injury can occur days after the initial trauma, even in patients who seem to be recovering. Physicians need better ways to monitor patients who are at risk for secondary brain injury, and microfluidic devices that allow them to monitor brain chemistry could provide that better way. Some brain injury patients experience a phenomenon known as spreading depolarization waves, in which brain activity decreases.
by Celia Henry Arnaud |
October 25, 2010