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Rats Paralyzed by Stroke Recover Almost Fully

Breakthrough research at the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich’s Neuroscience Center, and the University of Heidelberg has shown that well-timed treatment and therapy can lead to new nerve growth and allow rats to recover 85% of motor function after stroke. Newsboy thWhen nerves are damaged, certain proteins (Nogo proteins) block growth of those nerves. The researchers used antibodies against the Nogo proteins to block their inhibitory action. They then saw new and functional nerve fibers begin to sprout. Rehabilitation therapy that began immediately had little effect, but when time was allowed for nerve growth to occur, rehabilitation therapy had a dramatic effect: the paralyzed rats recovered almost fully. The scientists believe that rehabilitation at the right time helps solidify key neural circuits. First author Anna-Sophia Wahl said “This new rehabilitative approach at least triggered an astonishing recovery of the motor skills in rats, which…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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