OCT 17, 2017 05:14 AM PDT

A New Treatment for Brain Bleeds

1 3 438

When a stroke occurs, the brain can be severely damaged. There are two kinds of strokes, an ischemic stroke where a blood clot deprives the brain of oxygen and a hemorrhagic stroke where a blood vessel within the brain ruptures and bleeds. In the case of a hemorrhagic stroke, the result can be neuroinflammation or swelling of the brain that is life-threatening. Treating this complication is tricky, but scientists at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix AZ may have found a new way to reduce this swelling.

By targeting a specific protein called TSPO, the team found that brain edema was reduced in mice. The study used mice because their brains react similarly to a human brain. For this study, the researchers induced an intracerebral hemorrhage in the mice and then targeted the TSPO protein. The swelling in the mice that were treated this way was significantly reduced. The team hopes to move forward with more research to see if the same result can be reproduced in humans.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 02, 2018
Videos
JUL 02, 2018
Watch SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Ship Dock with the International Space Station
Just as expected, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spaceship docked with the International Space Station on Monday to provide crew members with fresh food, supp
JUL 23, 2018
Videos
JUL 23, 2018
Why is the ocean getting louder?
 
AUG 06, 2018
Videos
AUG 06, 2018
Could You Be a Memory Champion?
Memorization is a useful tool to learn information that is straightforward and objective. School children memorize the multiplication tables, the alphabet,
AUG 11, 2018
Videos
AUG 11, 2018
GMO Crop Ban Rescinded
Genetically modified crops that use neonic pesticides can now be planted in wildlife refuges.
AUG 12, 2018
Videos
AUG 12, 2018
How A Therapeutic Gene Circuit Might Work
University of Wyoming researchers demonstrate their research in optogenetics.
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
What does sunscreen look like with a UV camera?
  Have you ever wondered if there’s really a difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50? You’re not the only one. YouTuber Physics Girl set out
Loading Comments...