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Protein Prevents Cerebral Palsy-Like Brain Damage in Mice

Posted on Nov 25, 2011

November 18, 2011 - Science Daily reports that researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may have made a critical breakthrough in the science of combating cerebral palsy, a congenital motor disorder that affects more than 550,000 people in the United States alone.

Researchers found that increased levels of a certain protein known as Nmnat1 reduced the potential brain damage
when blood flow and oxygen were withheld from the brain.

Head of the Department of Neurology, David M. Holtzman, explained that the brain can handle oxygen or blood flow deprivation for a short period of time, but when they happen together over a prolonged period, substantial damage resulting in disability or death can occur.

Nmnat1 may be able to prevent brain damage caused by blood and oxygen deprivation, mitigating the harm and potentially preventing cases of cerebral palsy and other degenerative neurological disorders. 

It was also found that these heightened Nmnat1 levels prevented a type of cell death known as necrosis, which is responsible for killing brain cells in the case of strokes.

Once fine-tuned, these developments could be used to assist the demographic of adults who are at high risk for stroke, which could potentially minimize the number of Social Security disability claimants. If you or someone you love suffers from cerebral palsy or any other neurological disorders, contact a Social Security disability attorney who can help you get the benefits you deserve. 

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