Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Stroke therapy fights cell death

From the Globe and Mail:
In recent years, huge advances have been made in the treatment of the most common type of stroke in which a clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the brain.

If a patient gets to a hospital within three hours of the onset of symptoms, doctors can administer a clot-busting drug that quickly restores blood flow and reduces the chances of long-term disability.

But there is a catch: A lot of patients don't make it to an emergency room in time to receive this brain-preserving therapy.

A new study suggests there may be another option for the latecomers. People treated with the antibiotic minocycline within six to 24 hours of the stroke suffered far fewer long-term disabilities than patients who didn't get the medication. ...more

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