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Stanford researchers identify potential new stroke treatment

Stanford researchers identify potential new stroke treatment
25th April 2012

A potential new stroke treatment has been identified by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine.

According to the recent study, a compound that imitates the activity of an important brain protein is capable of increasing the generation of new nerve cells in the brains of mice that have experienced a stroke.

What's more, mice experienced a speedier recovery physically, following the administration of the compound, indicating the ability of the procedure to treat and reverse the effects of stroke.

The researchers also claim that the treatment is especially beneficial, as it was administered three days after the initial stroke.

Currently, most medications and procedures only have successful outcomes if administered within a very small window after a stroke occurs.

Dr Marion Buckwalter, senior author of the study, explained that "in real life, many people don't get to the hospital that quickly," meaning that they aren't eligible to receive treatment.

This procedure will mean that more people will be able to access vital stroke medications and therapies.

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