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After Serious Brain Injury, Time to Cool Down December 7, 2009

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A jury-rigged renal dialysis machine could help patients recover from head trauma or stroke by selectively cooling parts of the brain, scientists say.

“We’ve known that cooling decreases metabolic rate of cells and tissue for a long time,” Mark Preul, M.D., director of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., tells DOTmed News.

“That’s why people we think have drowned in water, if we find out they had been in very cold water, we often hear those people have been resuscitated…and can make a recovery,” he says. The reason: hypothermia, by slowing the metabolic rate, slows the production of carbon dioxide and other metabolites that Dr. Preul says could harm the brain and other tissue.

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