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New Drug Can Halve Stroke Damage

Researchers at Lund University have developed a new medicine that significantly reduces brain damage induced by strokes, Swedish Radio News reports. Lund will now be the first place in the world to test the new drug.

Professor Lars Edvinsson holds that the medicine can halve the damage caused by blod clots, the most common form of a strike.

"It's a gigantic change for the individual," he said. "It would make it easier to return to a normal life. Maybe they won't be dependent on a bunch of health care measures; maybe they'd be able to live at home."

The researchers discovered that special receptor cells are produced when a stroke occurs, which in turn constrict blood vessels and cut off blood circulation to the brain. The new drug prevents the blood vessels from tightening, markedly lessening the risk of brain damage.

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