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Blocking post-stroke brain molecule may improve outcomes

Blocking post-stroke brain molecule may improve outcomes
30th July 2012

Blocking a molecule present in the brain after a stroke could improve outcomes for patients, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles claim that the molecule ephrin-A5 prevents the formation of new connections between neurons following a stroke.

By blocking this molecule, axonal sprouting is inhibited and new connections are able to form between neurons, aiding recovery.

While thus far only tested in an animal study, if duplicated in humans, researchers believe that the discovery could "pave the way for a more rapid recovery from stroke and may allow a synergy with existing treatments, such as physical therapy".

Preventing ephrin-A5 from preventing axonal growth will be instrumental in allowing patients to regain quality of life following a stroke.

A recent study also suggested that yoga can help people regain balance after a stroke and the success of this approach would only be heightened if new connections in the brain were facilitated.

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