Targeting Inflammation May Protect and Restore the Brain after Stroke
June 13, 2018 (Scientific American) - New therapeutic approaches directed at the post-stroke immune response show promise in mice
In an ischemic stroke a clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain, depriving oxygen and nutrients to part of the crucial organ. Without immediate treatment this can cause irreversible tissue damage, leading to complications ranging from behavioral changes to paralysis. Stroke is the fifth-highest cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of long-term disability. Ischemic strokes are the most common type, accounting for more than 80 percent of all cases.