Researchers Burke Neurological Institute have discovered that selenium, a micronutrient, can help boost the antioxidant system on the heels of stroke in animals and suggests that a similar treatment could be used to limit brain damage in patients. The findings were recently published in the May 16th issue of Cell and provide the first example of how a nutrient can be embedded in a drug to drive a broad program of cellular defenses that can tackle the many facets of stroke-induced injury.
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