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Monday 21 January 2019

Try curry treatment for strokes

A drug derived from the popular spice turmeric could be used to treat stroke patients, researchers said today.

A compound found in the spice, a staple ingredient in curries, has been found to help protect and regenerate brain cells after a stroke.

Scientists created a new molecule from curcumin, the crucial chemical in turmeric, and used it in experiments, though it is yet to be tested on humans.

They found it could repair damage at a molecular level and is linked to the survival of the brain cells' neurons.

Sharlin Ahmed, of the Stroke Association, said: "The spice turmeric is known to have many health benefits, yet this is the first significant research to show that it could be beneficial to stroke patients by encouraging new cells to grow and preventing cell death after a stroke."

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