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Scientists identify 70 genes to help stroke patients

Scientists identify 70 genes to help stroke patients
22nd September 2011

A new discovery could aid the recovery of individuals who have experienced a stroke or spinal cord injury.

Scientists identified 70 genes which promote axon re-growth, helping to regenerate nerves, following stroke or spinal injury.

The study, published in journal Neuron, also revealed six genes which repress axon growth, potentially inhibiting recovery.

"When you have an injury to your spinal cord or you have a stroke you cause a lot of damage to your axons. And in your brain or spinal cord, regeneration is very inefficient. That's why spinal cord injuries are basically untreatable," said Andrew Chisholm, of the University of California.

In other news, a new drug could prove more effective at cutting the risk of stroke than the commonly prescribed warfarin, according to a new study.

Anticoagulant medication apixaban was also seen to lessen bleeding and mortality after the cardiovascular event, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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