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IL-1ra is currently used to manage rheumatoid arthritis but, as a long-term treatment, the cost is prohibitive. With stroke, the drug would have to be administered within the first few critical hours through an infusion over a short period of time, perhaps as little as three days.

Dr Tyrrell, who is based at Hope Hospital in Salford, added: "Stroke is a devastating condition that affects many thousand of people so the development of any effective treatment would have enormous benefits to the patients I see and to their families.

"We still have quite a long way to go before we can be sure if this will be an effective treatment but the results so far are very encouraging."

The trial was co-funded by the University, the charity Research into Ageing and the Medical Research Council.

Dr Lorna Layward, Research Manager of Research into Ageing, a special trust within Help the Aged, said: "This is an exciting breakthrough in which we're extremely proud to have played a part.

"There is a desperate need for treatment of stroke, which has a devastating impact for those affected and their families.

"While this treatment is still some way off being available to patients, it is definitely a huge step in the right direction."


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Source:University of Manchester


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