PD may one day help stroke victims

After an ischemic stroke that reduces blood flow, damage to brain cells can occur. High levels of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the blood—but not in brain cells—kills neurons. PD is known to remove glutamate from the blood. A new study in rats has found that using PD helped brain levels of glutamate to bounce back. In the rats, using PD shrunk the stroke damage area—and the rescued brain tissue still worked!

Read the abstract » | (added 10-02-2013)