In Mouse Study, Researchers Discover New Mechanism for Clearing Blockages from Smallest Blood Vessels – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have seen in mice a previously unknown way the brain removes blood clots. Dr. Suzana Petanceska at the National Institute of Aging says discovering this process may have broad implications.
Petanceska: First, this may hold true in other organs, not just the brain.
Narrator: She adds the process does not work as well in an aged brain, suggesting it may be involved with age-related cognitive decline.
Petanceska: And this may also play into what are the early pathogenic steps for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, that has a huge cognitive component.
Narrator: She says this also may play a role in recovery after stroke. For details on this research, 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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