Stroke recovery improved by sensory deprivation, mouse study shows

Researchers helped mice recover faster from stroke by clipping their whiskers (as shown in video). This temporarily shuts off neural signaling between the whiskers – an important sensory organ for mice – and the brain, opening up a vacant space in the brain and making it more receptive to rewiring. Temporary sensory deprivation potentially could aid recovery for stroke patients, according to senior author Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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Temporarily shutting off neuronal signals to a healthy part of the brain may aid stroke recovery, according to new research in mice.

The findings, from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, are published Jan. 31 in Science Translational Medicine.