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US scientists report positive stroke treatment data

US scientists report positive stroke treatment data
2nd September 2008

US scientists have suggested that a potential new drug may offer hope to stroke patients.

Bryostatin, an Alzheimer's candidate drug, can rescue and repair brain tissue when administered 24 hours after a stroke, according to researchers from the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI).

The scientists said that the results on Bryostatin - and a related class of drugs they have discovered – are particularly impressive because currently available stroke treatments have to be administered within three hours and are unable to repair brain tissue.

BRNI scientific director Daniel Alkon stressed this point, stating that a stroke patient today has "precious minutes" to receive care or else face irreversible damage.

He continued: "One of the greatest challenges in modern medical practice is finding an effective treatment that extends that treatment time and repairs damage - Bryostatin could be an answer."

Reuters recently reported a study from Italian researchers which suggested that taking a fish oil capsule once a day improves the survival prospects of people with heart disease.

Luigi Tavazzi of the ANMCO Research Centre in Italy said patients taking a supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids were nine per cent less likely to die than those given a placebo.

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