Reducing inflammation in the brain could boost cognitive recovery after stroke

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

A recent study has suggested that reperfusion therapy – the gold standard for stroke treatment – could be safer and more effective for both motor and cognitive recovery in stroke patients if administered with a compound that reduces inflammation. The findings, which have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveal that reducing inflammation in the brains of mice can boost cognitive recovery after stroke. This could potentially extend the treatment window for therapy, allowing stroke specialists to help more patients. “With reperfusion therapy, we’re restoring the blood flow, which is necessary to save the tissue, but there is an...

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