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Is brain cooling after a traumatic brain injury beneficial for patients?

Scientists from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and colleagues from across the world have performed a study to determine if brain cooling is beneficial for patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The study, which took place over an 8-year period (2010–2018), has the potential to change the way TBI is treated in the clinic.

The paper, which has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and presented at the 2018 Congress of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (20–24 October, Paris, France), utilizes data collected during the Prophylactic hypOthermia trial to Lessen trAumatic bRain injury (POLAR) trial. This randomized-controlled trial with 511 participants investigated whether reduction of brain temperature in patients with TBI was beneficial.

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