Brain injury due to stroke 'could be reversed'

Brain injury due to stroke 'could be reversed'

A new therapeutic target could help reverse brain injury years after a stroke takes place, according to new research.

The study, published in CNS Drugs, found that by using a new delivery method of anti inflammatory drug etanercept, they could improve the symptoms of those with brain injury following a stroke,

Patients who underwent the therapy were found to have rapid improvements in hand function, motor function, spatial perception, sensory deficits, behaviour, gait, speech and cognition.

Study author Edward Tobinick said: The possibility of a leap in our understanding of brain dysfunction caused by stroke by exploring inflammatory pathways was anticipated by the forward-thinking stroke research community."

This comes after research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that African Americans hospitalised due to an acute ischemic strok had a much lower death rate than white individuals.

In addition, the study found that African Americans were more likely to have undergone more aggressive treatment while in hospital and were less likely to use hospice care.

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