Chemical reaction keeps stroke-damaged brain from repairing itself

 

Chemical reaction keeps stroke-damaged brain from repairing itself

Chemical reaction keeps stroke-damaged brain from repairing itself.

Nitric oxide, a gaseous molecule produced in the brain, can damage neurons. When the brain produces too much nitric oxide, it contributes to the severity and progression of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute recently discovered that nitric oxide not only damages neurons, it also shuts down the brain’s repair mechanisms.