PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WJAR) -- Every minute, four people in this country suffer a major traumatic brain injury. Every five minutes, someone is permanently disabled as a result.
That's why hospitals are looking at a new treatment that could change all that.
Researchers are hard at work on a study known as ProTECT.
"This really could change the game in terms of how we treat traumatic brain injury," said Dr. Lisa Merck.
Merck is an emergency room physician at Rhode Island Hospital and the lead researcher locally in the ProTECT study. "Pro" stands for progesterone.
"Progesterone is found naturally in both men and women, and the progesterone that's derived for this study is actually derived from a yam. It's not a human-derived product," Merck said.