Traumatic Injuries: Mouse Models are Helping Humans
Researchers have recently discovered an important function of lactate, (a waste product of exercise), and its role in protecting neurons following a traumatic injury. Neurons can die from overstimulation following a stroke or a spinal cord injury. Using mice, scientists were able to prevent this by using lactate, which acted as a defense mechanism for the neurons. This research will help improve scientists’ understanding of traumatic injuries, and will hopefully help them come up with new ways to repair the damage. This research benefits many wounded warriors, and will hopefully get us that much closer to a breakthrough in treating spinal cord injuries.