First-of-its-kind study explains why rest is critical after a concussion

IMAGE: Mark P. Burns, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of neuroscience at GUMC and director of the Laboratory for Brain Injury and Dementia. view more Credit: Georgetown University WASHINGTON — Doctors who order several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion are giving sound advice, say researchers, and new data from animal models explains why. Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say rest — for more than a day — is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. The new study in mice also shows that repeated mild concussions with only a day to recover between injuries leads to mounting damage and brain inflammation that remains evident a year after injury. “It is good news that the brain can recover from a hit…


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