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Natural Chemical May Treat Strokes

Natural Chemical May Treat Strokes

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Brass says that time frame may be optimistic. He warns that many stroke treatments that showed great promise in animal studies have proven disappointing in human studies, but he says there is reason for optimism with this approach.

"The greatest advantage is that we will have much more time to treat patients," he tells WebMD. "We don't have to be there 10 minutes or an hour after the onset of a stroke as would be the ideal with the neuroprotective drugs. The other advantage is that this works by an entirely different mechanism, so when we develop effective neuroprotective drugs, this could be complementary."

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