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Rescuing Brain Cells In Stroke Patients From The Brink Of Suicide

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August 24, 1999
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University Of Rochester
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In a bid to persuade fickle brain cells to live, University of Rochester scientists have enlisted an unlikely ally: the herpes virus.

For several days after a patient suffers a stroke, brain cells are bombarded with molecular "pro-death" signals carrying such bad news about the brain environment that the cells are tempted, even urged by other molecules, to commit suicide. Many do. It's the main reason why most strokes aren't limited to a tiny area of the brain but damage a larger region as well.


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