The University of Manchester and its team of researchers have developed a new innovative treatment that can permanently repair brain damage caused by a stream of strokes. The drug is FDA approved and is developed for the promotion of repair in the affected region in a brain. The drug is also approved clinically.
ISCHEMIC STROKE EXPERIMENT
The study of the researchers is published and written in the “Brain, Behavior and Immunity”. The study discloses the events in the process of the development of this treatment. They used mice for developing the most common type of stroke – ischemic strokes – which occurs during an event when the blocking of arteries – carrying oxygen enriched blood to the brain – is done.
The researchers start their treatment immediately after the mice experience the stroke. They proceed with the treatment through an inflammatory drug – interleukin-1 receptor antagonist – licensed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
During this experiment, the researchers noticed the presence of a reduction in the proximity of brain damage which occurs after the occurrence of stroke. They further discovered that the drug enhanced the birth of new cells – neurogenesis in the regions that experienced brain damage. The mice also regained their motor skills after the treatment.
The 5th leading cause of death in America – Stroke – kills or affects more than 800000 people annually. This statistics is as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC.
Stroke takes place because of the interruption of blood flow to our brain – which is mostly due to a fat buildup or blood clot that broke away from the arteries, only to make way to the brain. It’s a dangerous and fatal occurrence because brain cells are prone to die within a split seconds after the first occurrence of a stroke. It can cause significant fatality and permanent damage to a person.
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