Scientist One Step Closer to Reversing Stroke Damage

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I want to share with you some cutting edge research on stroke treatment that is in process. What is great is that this is an all natural treatment.

Each year, 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke and more than 150,000 die.

The sooner you get therapy, the better chance you have got to survive. Now, researchers may have found a new way to stop, and even reverse, injury from a stroke.

LSU scientists have been looking for a approach to stop the damage.

A group led by LSU Neuroscientist Dr. Nicolas Bazan discovered that one injection of DHA, that is a very important element of fish oil, can protect the brain for approximately five hours following a stroke as well as prevent the damage.

DHA is looking exciting for scientists because it does a double combination: protection of cells and potentially reversing damage of cells that are in the process of being affected. So it can protect and potentially minimize the consequences of the stroke.

It is still early, but some are calling it a wonderful breakthrough.

Administering clot-busting drugs happens to be the sole treatment for ischemic stroke. But, only 3-5 % of stroke patients really benefit from these medications.

LSU scientists hope to start human clinical trials using the new fish oil substance inside 2 or 3 years.

The DHA treatment has already been shown to be beneficial for patients with coronary heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and age-related macular degeneration. This is actually the very first time its potential for stroke has been explored. Dr. Bazan and his team found that DHA therapy is not only able to salvage brain tissue that would have rotted, but its use also renders some of the affected areas indistinguishable from normal tissue within a week.

A summary of the research paper can be found here: Reversing stroke damage.

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