In Mouse Study, Researchers Discover New Mechanism for Clearing Blockages from Smallest Blood Vessels – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The brain has different ways to clear blood clots even in the tiniest blood vessels. Dr. Suzana Petanceska at the National Institute of Aging says scientists investigating this recently got a surprise: certain brain cells basically reached out, surrounded blood clots and pushed them out after two to seven days.
Petanceska: So this was fascinating; this was neither anticipated nor previously described.
Narrator: Dr. Petanceska cautions these are early results and this discovery needs to be followed up by more research; but she says it could have broad implications for age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and recovery from stroke. For more on this discovery, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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