8 March 2012
Mild hypothermia could act as a way of protecting people from long-term damage immediately after they have suffered a stroke.
Research carried out by scientists at the University of Erlangen highlighted that people who were subjected to a body temperature of 34 degrees C in the first 24 hours after a stroke experienced various benefits.
For example, the patients were able to reduce the side effects which are common with the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), as well as enhance the window of opportunity to treat such a condition in the brain.
The research, which has been published in the journal Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine, focused on thromboembolic stroke, a disease which results from a blood clot in the brain and leaves it starved of oxygen.
Commenting on the study, lead researcher Dr Rainer Kollmar said: "In all cases hypothermia was able to offset the side effects of tPA."
Scientists at the Toronto Western Research Institute, Krembil Neuroscience Center are also looking to help the treatment of stroke, by creating a new drug which assists the brain by offering a neuroprotective effect when someone suffers from the severe condition.
Posted by Philip Briggs
Tymianski, Michael. 'Treatment of Stroke with a PSD95 inhibitor in the Gyrencephalic Primate Brain'. Nature. Wednesday February 29th 2012.
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