Stem Cells May Unlock Stroke Recovery

Brains, Courtesy of Neil Conway

Brains, Courtesy of Neil Conway

Stem Cells may hold the cure to stroke recovery.  As reported in Smithsonian Magazine, Gary Steinberg, the chair of neurosurgery at Stanford, is performing research that may drastically alter the way therapy works with stroke victims.  

Steinberg has long believed that brain cells affected by a stroke may be dormant, not dead, and began trials where he implants stem cells into a patients brain.  The stem cells are not turning into new neurons, but actually die off relatively quickly after being injected.  However, Steinberg believes the cells may excrete enzymes jump starting the affected brain cells.