FDA drug could limit damage caused by strokes and repair brain

Old Drug, New Treatment

  • Using a drug already approved for clinical trials, researchers from the University of Manchester were able to reduce brain damage and boost the growth of new brain cells in mice suffering from strokes.
  • The researchers’ study is published in Brain, Behavior and Immunityand it recounts how they developed their treatment using mice bred to develop ischemic strokes, the most prevalent type of stroke and one that occurs when an artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain is blocked.
  • Soon after the mice experienced a stroke, the researchers treated them with interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), an anti-inflammatory drug that is already licensed for use in treating rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The research offers new hope to those dealing with the aftermath of strokes, which are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

https://futurism.com/this-fda-approved-drug-could-permanently-repair-brain-damage-in-stroke-victims/

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