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Treatment for stroke patients within reach

A world-first joint research project by La Trobe and Monash universities has found a possible treatment for stroke patients.

Stephanie Smarrelli has more.

The researchers say injecting amnion epithelial cells (which are usually thrown away after birth) into the blood can help to reduce brain injury and aid patients with recovery.

Professor Chris Sobey from La Trobe says the seven-year study has discovered the injected cells move to the brain, successfully targeting sites of injury.

“…they reduce the amount of inflammation and they promote recovery.

Even if it’s too late to stop the inflammation they seem to have a very strong effect to improve long-term functional outcome.”

According to the professor, the findings are paving the way for a possible future treatment for stroke patients, with human trials to be carried out next.

Stephanie Smarrelli for Upstart News.



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