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Feed the Brain and Mimimize the Effects of Severe Brain Injury

A report just released by the Wall Street Journal on line states that “Military personnel who suffer a traumatic brain injury need to be fed adequately and immediately to reduce the severity and improve survival chances, according to a new Institute of Medicine report released Wednesday.” 

“The independent panel of experts convened on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense recommended that in the first 24 hours after head trauma, patients need to receive at least 50% of their typical calorie intake, including a higher-than-normal amount of protein, to reduce brain inflammation and provide enough energy to help it repair itself.”

The report also has important implications for the civilian population where nutritional needs must also be addressed by hospitals in the treatment of those with a severe traumatic brain injury

Read the full article: Feeding Found to Help Brain Injuries .

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