No quick fix for strokes, but L.A. trial made care speedier, better

February 14, 2014 12:57 AM

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No quick fix for strokes, but L.A. trial made care speedier, better

A groundbreaking Los Angeles clinical trial has proven a disappointment in demonstrating that a safe and inexpensive mineral infusion could reduce disability in stroke patients. But the researchers behind a UCLA trial called "Fast-Mag" said the eight-year effort drove dramatic improvements in the care of stroke victims across the Southland, rallying hospitals, emergency medical teams and physicians to deliver faster and more targeted care.

Among 1,700 Los Angeles-area subjects who suffered a stroke between 2005 and 2012, UCLA neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Saver reported Thursday, those who got magnesium sulfate infusions for two days fared no better three months later than those who got a placebo infusion. For now, at least, the trial's out...

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