Minocycline could help to reduce disabilities in people who have had strokes, it has been claimed.
A recent study published in the Neurology journal found that people treated with the drug within six to 24 hours of a stroke had fewer disabilities.
The researchers also discovered that those given minocycline performed four times better on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale than patients given a placebo.
Author of the report, Yair Lampl of the Edith Wolfson Medical Centre and Tel Aviv Univerity, said that the improvement in patients was evident within a week of their stroke.
"This is exciting because many people who have had stroke cannot be treated if they don't get to the hospital within three hours after symptoms start, which is the time frame for current available treatments," he commented.
In related news, an NOP survey commissioned by The Stroke Association revealed that fewer than two-thirds of people over 65 could identify what a stroke actually was, while many were unsure of the symptoms.
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