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Stem cell treatment 'recovers cognition' after radiation therapy

Stem cell treatment 'recovers cognition' after radiation therapy
14th July 2011

People using assisted living to recover from brain cancer treatment could be helped by a stem cell treatment, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of California Irvine found that human neural stem cells could be used to restore learning and memory abilities lost as a result of radiation treatment in brain cancer.

In the animal study, scientists discovered that the stem cells transplanted two days after cranial irradiation returned cognitive function to the rats.

Charles Limoli, a radiation oncology professor at the university, said: "Our findings provide solid evidence that such cells can be used to reverse radiation-induced damage of healthy tissue in the brain."

In other news, older breast cancer patients have been seen to experience worse outcomes if they also have other health problems, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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