DALLAS, Sept. 1 -- Lowering the body temperature by about one degree within a few hours of a stroke can reduce brain damage and the risk of death, according to a study in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers in Copenhagen, Denmark, pumped cool air into a thermal blanket to induce mild hypothermia (low body temperature) in 17 awake patients soon after they suffered strokes, then maintained the cooler body temperatures for six hours. Those receiving the cooling therapy had a six-month survival rate nearly twice that of a control group of 56 patients who weren't treated with hypothermia.
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