Scientists are testing a synthetic antioxidant called AEOL 10-150. Studies in animals show that the supplement helped reduce brain damage by 40% when injected into the brain seven hours after a stroke. That's a much bigger window than we have now.
Many current therapies need to be given within three hours of the onset of a stroke, and the problem is a lot of patients just don't get to the hospital in time. But this new lab-made supplement offers more time, and researchers at Duke Medical Center say that it appears to neutralize the damaging free radicals that kill brain cells. So, if the same results are found in people, scientists are hoping a vitamin could play an important role in the treatment of strokes.
It's important to note that the antioxidant used in the study is a special lab-made supplement and is not available to the general public. Along with treating strokes, the antioxidant has also shown promise in preventing damage to cells caused by diabetes and radiation therapy for cancer.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in this country and send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year. The study was conducted by researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center and Duke University Medical Center and is published in the findings in the October issue of the Journal of Free Radical Biology and Medicine.