EPO and Strokes

Evil but good drug even better. Erythropoietin – EPO – is widely known to runners as the anemia drug abused by cheating endurance athletes to boost red blood cell counts (and therebyboost their blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity.) Emerging findings from a variety of researchers are suggesting that EPO may also be a nerve-protecting drug that minimizes long-term damage from strokes and spinal cord injuries. In a number of experiments, administration of EPO immediately or shortly following traumatic injury had dramatic effects, including (with rats) making the difference between permanent paralysis and near-complete recovery of function. (Summary article in Science News (162:19). (11/18)

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