Fish Injections Preventing Brain Damage After Stroke

Stroke is a major disability and morbidity cause. Patients generally have a blockage in the brain. Scientists are trying to find ways to overcome this, such as injecting drug containing fish oil.

The team of scientists from Columbia University and the State University of Louisiana, New York, has conducted experiments on mice that show that drugs based on fish oil was administered one hour after stroke can keep brain cells are damaged to stay alive.



Fish Injections Preventing Brain Damage After Stroke
Fish Injections Preventing Brain Damage After Stroke


Currently available drugs to prevent brain damage in stroke patients administered within four hours after a stroke. The drugs that break down blood clots that block the flow of oxygen to the brain, but were unable to prevent cell death. In addition, most stroke patients are often late to the hospital so that the function of damaged brain is difficult to recover 100 percent.

If further experiments in rats have also yielded the same results in humans, fish oil containing a drug that will keep alive longer brain cells. And patients who come to the hospital too late to prevent permanent brain damage.

The drug, fluid rich in omega-3 fatty acids DHA, using a method to keep the brain cells alive, among other things, modify the genes that produce protective proteins.

Omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acids are essential for brain function and is necessary for development of the nervous system. Most found in fatty fish in the sea like salmon, tuna and mackerel fatty acids. Another advantage of this fatty acid is a potent anti-inflammatory.

DHA has demonstrated therapeutic benefits in a variety of chronic diseases caused by inflammation, such as coronary heart disease, asthma, arthritis and eye disease macular degeneration.

"Stroke can occur at any age, including infants. DHA has been widely used as a dietary supplement and therapeutic perspective, it is now a consumer expectation in the treatment of stroke, "wrote Dr.Nicolas Bazan, one of the researchers.

The researchers plan to conduct human trials as soon as possible.

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