A new drug that can reduce the complications of stroke, as well as repair its permanent brain damage has been approved! Researchers from University of Manchester created the new treatment, which can change the lives of people affected by the disease.
Researchers studied the activity of mice induced with ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke that occurs when an artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain is blocked. As soon as the mice experienced the attack, the researchers used a treatment with interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), an anti-inflammatory drug used for rheumatoid arthritis.
Experts saw striking improvements in mice after the treatment. They noted, there was a reduction in the brain damage in mice. The treatment also initiated and boosted the birth of new brain cells in the areas affected by stroke. The mice also recovered its motor skills after having the attack.
Stroke is extremely dangerous to humans. Due to the blood clot in the brain or fat build up in the arteries, oxygen and blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This may lead to death of brain cells within just a few minutes, which can cause permanent damage or worse, death.
However, Manchester researchers are confident that this new treatment will bring change and hope to those people affected by stroke. The lab results are promising in reversing the effect of stroke. The experts said, though there's still a lot of work to do, soon they will be moving to human trials. With fingers crossed, they hope to have positive outcomes.