Nanomedicine: Nanotubes reduce stroke damage

Higgins, P., Dawson, J. and Walters, M. (2011) Nanomedicine: Nanotubes reduce stroke damage. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(6), pp. 83-84. (doi:10.1038/nnano.2011.5)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2011.5

Abstract

Stroke accounts for around one-tenth of the 55 million deaths worldwide every year and leaves many more patients with life-changing disability such as loss of mobility1. Ischaemic stroke, which accounts for most of the cases, is a form of stroke caused by disturbed blood flow to the brain owing to blockage of an artery by a blood clot, known as a thrombus. Irreversible neurological damage occurs quickly, and treatment to re-open the blocked artery with 'clot-busting' thrombolytic drugs is effective only if given within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms. Although this reduces subsequent disability, it is logistically difficult to deliver treatment in such a narrow time window.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Professor Jesse and Higgins, Dr Peter and Walters, Professor Matthew
Authors: Higgins, P., Dawson, J., and Walters, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Nature Nanotechnology
ISSN:1748-3387

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