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A new discovery could reverse the effects of a stroke

July 01, 2011
"In fact [DHA], it does both, protection and reversion of cells that are in the process of being severely injured,"
- Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., aneuroscientist at LSU Health Sciences Center

Every year, 750 thousand Americans suffer a stroke. A stroke can take away your ability to speak or even move, functions that may never come back. But now, scientists may have found a new way to stop and even reverse that damage.

LSU researchers have been looking for a way to stop the damage. The answer came from a surprising place.

"DHA, which is a very important component of fish oil," Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., aneuroscientist at LSU Health Sciences Center, said.

A team led by LSU neuroscientist doctor Nicolas Bazan discovered that one injection of DHA can protect the brain for up to five hours after a stroke and stop the damage.

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