Scaffold of Cells Repairs Stroke Damage

by Jodee on March 9, 2009

Researchers may have found a way to use stem cells to repair the damage caused by stroke. In procedures performed on rats, tiny biodegradable balls (.10 of a mm across) were loaded with neural stem cells. Once loaded, thousands of the tiny balls were injected into the rat’s brain. Within seven days, the cells replaced the missing brain tissue.

The next step in the research process is to add a protein to the stem cells that will help the treated areas to grow new blood vessels. These results are encouraging, but it will be some time before this is a treatment option offered to human stroke victims.

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