The Lois Pope Life Center
Neurology is advancing at a fantastic rate as more people come to understand how much progress there is to make. Institutions like the Lois Pope Life Center, established with the gracious donations of the founder Lois Pope, are closing in on solutions to some of the toughest neurological injuries and quandaries that have baffled medical science for years. The following are three of the top priorities we’re seeing strides in.
The first is in the repair of nerves. Nerves have always been difficult for physicians to operate on due to their size and complexity relative to other structures of the body. Dedicated treatment is difficult to find because there are so few avenues for it. Now that there are more treatment facilities for the purpose of nerve repair, more data can be collected about the efficacy and effects of various treatments. This means more hope for the future for those with nerve damage. This also has exciting implications for prosthetics and chronic pain: both depend on a deeper understanding of the peripheral nervous system, the spinal cord, and how both can suffer damage. A deeper understanding of the nervous system is one of the most valuable individual studies we can pursue.
Treatment of strokes is another major element. This is one of the Life Center’s specialties. Strokes are both overwhelmingly damaging and very informative as to the nature of the brain. They are caused when blood vessels burst and cause damage to particular elements of the brain. They are damaging because they can cause components of the brain to simply shut down and stop functioning. They are informative because the damage they cause can illustrate what parts of the brain do what. Treating strokes has been considered a matter of rapid action until very recently; only the most cutting-edge techniques are thought of as having any effect on a stroke more than a day or two after it has actually happened. This makes a dedicated stroke treatment center a major boon to neurology as a whole. Lots of exciting new solutions and information can come from the study and treatment of stroke patients.
Neurodegenerative diseases are also getting special attention. These are the diseases that cause the brain to slowly break down. They are most commonly associated with advanced age; neural degeneration has been associated with a host of complications and forms of dementia. The personal difficulty associated with coping with neurodegenerative disease has limited treatment and study in the past. It is difficult to get the funding for projects that study things most people would rather forget about. Locations like Lois Pope’s Life Center are putting study of neurodegenerative disease at the forefront without holding back. The gradual increase of understanding in what causes neural degeneration and how it can be abated by medication and therapeutic treatment is allowing neurologists to get a much-needed foothold in battling one of the most damaging and expensive forms of disease.
Neurology is often considered a “new” field. This increased attention paid to it by philanthropists and investors is encouraging. The construction of dedicated neurology centers means that these and other aspects of neurological treatment can be made a priority by those that want to devote their attention to it. It is almost a guarantee that we will begin to see great strides in the field very soon.