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Anti-Inflammatory Drug Helps Reduce Brain Damage and Promote Brain Cell Regeneration in Stroke Patients

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Because a stroke results from a lack of blood to the brain, brain cells often suffer severe damage or even die. Treating a stroke is not always possible, and intervention must happen quickly to minimize damage. Researchers at the University of Manchester recently looked at a promising new treatment that repurposes an existing anti-inflammatory drug.

Doctors currently prescribe interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. When the researchers looked at the other applications of the drug, they found it vastly improved the condition of stroke patients (rats).

When the researchers administered the drug, they found treatment with IL-1Ra reduced the brain damage that occurs early after a stroke. Several days later, the rats’ brains showed signs of new brain cells starting to grow.

Even though strokes can initiate brain cell regeneration, those cells usually die before integrating into the brain. Cells that regenerated after IL-1Ra were able to integrate.

The study, published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, found that the rats treated with IL-1Ra showed signs of increased stem cell proliferation and spurned new development of neurons after ischemic strokes. It also found that the rats’ age and weight had no bearing on the results.

Before this treatment can become more commonplace, researchers must conduct larger-scale trials.

A Stroke Can Completely Alter Your Life — Your Income Should Not Have to Suffer

A severe stroke can interrupt your mobility, speech, and cognition to the point where you can no longer work. If this has happened to you or a loved one you might be eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits.

Learn about your rights by calling 800-800-2009 and speaking with the disability advocates at the Disability Help Group. We can help you file your disability claim or appeal a denied application. We are waiting for your call.