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COOLING BRAINS

April 28, 2006
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Why is cooling important? For years, doctors have known cooling the body after a heart attack is key for a successful recovery. Now, researchers are using the same techniques to cool the brain after a head injury. When patients have a brain injury, their brain temperature rises higher than their body temperature. Researchers say the brain seems to suffer more injury with the high temperature. Michael Diringer, M.D., from Washington University in St. Louis, says: "What we see in patients is that if they have a fever, they do worse. WFTV.com (http://www.wftv.com/health/9012910/detail.html)