Protective Effects of Endogenous Cannabinoids in Stroke
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, often leaving victims significantly impaired and unable to work or go about activities of daily living. The endocannabinoid system is a natural healing mechanism within the body, and research suggests that it may play a role in protecting neurologic function in patients who suffer a stroke. Dr. Eugene Scharf, of the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, seeks to confirm the important role of endocannabinoids in stroke healing by measuring levels in patients who have had an acute stroke.
Detection of Brain Swelling
Brain swelling is a potentially lethal complication of acute brain injuries. Current methods of detecting brain swelling are invasive, or may identify its progression too late to reverse further damage. Dr. Charlene Ong of Harvard University will test whether an innovative handheld technology that measures pupil changes can improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain swelling. Her findings could save lives and improve quality of life for those who suffer from sudden and catastrophic brain injuries.