4 January 2012
A Newcastle University research team is investigating the use of hypothermia to reduce brain injury to stroke patients.
Neurologist Doctor Neil Spratt and his team have received more $422,000 in funding to determine the optimum amount of body cooling needed to reduce brain pressure.
Dr Spratt says so far laboratory testing has found cooling the body to 32 to 33 degrees for a short period of time can have long last results.
But he says more testing is needed to ensure the process does not result in other side effects.
“So far we’ve just got really preliminary results,” he said.
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