A low-dose radiation therapy reduce damage to the brain in the event of an injury or stroke, as well as alleviate stroke-related movement disorders, according to a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
About half of those who survive a brain injury or stroke experience movement disorders and disabilities throughout their lives. In a new study, researchers found that low doses of X-ray radiation can reduce by 43-51 percent the area of brain tissue loss after suffering a stroke.
In addition, X-ray therapy accelerated the recovery of motor functions. For example, mice needed much less time to turn around on a narrow log and move in the opposite direction. A subsequent study showed that low doses of X-rays stimulated the activity (expression) associated with decrease in gene inflammation.
Previous animal studies have shown that low-dose X-ray radiation therapy can stimulate the immune system, wound healing and cell growth, as well as prevent brain tissue loss in neurodegenerative diseases.
According to the researchers, after additional checks, their method can be used in medicine.