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Antidepressants as Treatment Immediately Following a Stroke, Buck Institute for Age Research Study



4/23/2010 11:31:22 AM

Buck Institute -- A study in rodents shows the growth of new neurons, also known as neurogenesis, lessens the severity of stroke and dramatically improves function following a stroke. The research, undertaken at the Buck Institute for Age Research, suggests that drugs shown to promote neurogenesis in rodents could have benefits for human stroke victims and that those drugs–which include antidepressants and mood stabilizers such as lithium–may be suitable for study in human clinical trials. Results of the research appear the week of April 12 in the online edition of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



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