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Stem cell treatment 'helps with stroke-damaged tissue'

Stem cell treatment 'helps with stroke-damaged tissue'
13th March 2009

A major leap forward in the treatment of strokes has been made after recent studies funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have proved to be successful.

The team of scientists at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry found that by inserting tiny scaffolding with stem cells attached into the brains of rats, a hole created by stroke damage could be filled with new tissue within seven days.

It is a major departure from previous studies, which found that damaged areas without structural support in the stem cell process would allow the fresh cells to migrate away from the hole, in turn not improving the void.

Dr Mike Modo, the report leader, said: "We would expect to see a much better improvement in the outcome after a stroke if we can fully replace the lost brain tissue, and that is what we have been able to do with our technique."

According to the Stroke Association, someone has a stroke in the UK once every five minutes, meaning 150,000 people are affected each year.

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