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Stem Cells Could Be the Key to Helping Stroke Survivors Walk Again Stem Cells Could Be the Key to Helping Stroke Survivors Walk Again

Stem Cells Could Be the Key to Helping Stroke Survivors Walk Again

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A stroke can render someone unable to use part or all of the body, getting in the way of living a productive life. But new experiments using stem cells may change all of that. A team at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that through the use of stem cells, they’re able to help stroke patients walk again.

The team first drilled a hole into each patient’s brain, then injected stem cells into the indentation they created. After trying the process on 18 patients, the researchers found that they were able to restore motor function for each of the participants.

The results of the study were published in a journal called Stroke. It’s important to note that each participant’s stroke had happened at least one year prior to the trial. This was merely a small trial, meant to test whether or not the procedure was safe enough to go wider.

Each participant had noticeable improvements in several areas. These results were not only visible in tests, but the patients had a visible improvement in their ability to maneuver around. This is impressive because after six months, medical professionals don’t expect to see further improvement.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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