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Bone marrow stem cells ‘can aid stroke treatment’

10th April 2014

Stem cells generated from bone marrow may prove useful in promoting stroke recovery, according to a new study from the US.

In an analysis of published research carried out by the University of California, Irvine, a team examined 46 studies that looked at the use of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in animal models of stroke. In 44 of these, MSCs performed significantly better than control therapies.

The effects of the cells on functional recovery were shown to be robust regardless of the dosage, the time the MSCs were administered relative to stroke onset, or the method of administration.

Moreover, because they come from readily-available bone marrow, they are relatively easy to culture and have already demonstrated value in treating other human diseases.

Study leader and neurologist Dr Steven Cramer said: "These findings should be the foundation of further studies on the use of MSCs in the treatment of ischaemic stroke in humans."

Every year more than 150,000 people have a stroke in England, making it the nation's third largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801711788-ADNFCR

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