A clinically approved drug is found to repair brain damage and boost brain cells growth in patients who suffered a stroke. This is an astounding finding for those who are going through the aftermath of stroke, which is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
A study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity by the researchers at the University of Manchester shows that they have developed a new treatment for stroke victims. This new treatment can repair damage caused by a stroke in the affected area of the brain.
Moreover, the drug in the study is already clinically approved.
Brain Damage Repair
The researchers used mice that are bred to develop ischemic stroke, which is the prevalent type that accounts 87 percent of all strokes. This is when the blood vessel is blocked by a blood clot preventing the blood from reaching the brain.
The most common risk factor for ischemic stroke is high blood pressure. When the mice experienced a stroke, researchers treated them with an anti-inflammatory licensed drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis called interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra).
They noticed that damage on the brain that is usually experienced by stroke victims was reduced. Additionally, the areas of the brain that suffered damage were seen to get a boost for neurogenesis or a birth of new cells.
The mice also got back the motor skills they lost after the stroke.
Cure For Stroke
Stroke can happen to anyone at anytime. In fact, every four minutes, someone dies from stroke making it the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Around 800,000 people suffer from a new or recurrent stroke each year, and it does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim.
One of the latest news that made headlines is the death of Debbie Reynolds who reportedly suffered a stroke, only a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, died.
To date, there is not yet adequate treatment for curing or reversing the brain damage of victims caused by stroke. But with the continued efforts of researchers, including the Manchester clinical trials, a cure for hundreds of thousands of people may soon be within reach.
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