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Scientists have opened the blood-brain barrier for the first time

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wtbcrna is a MSN, DNP, CRNA and specializes in Anesthesia.

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"For the first time in humans, researchers have managed to penetrate the brain's protector, meaning that doctors will be able to deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain."

"The findings were presented last week at the Focused Ultrasound symposium in the US by Michael Canney, a neuroscientist at CarThera. The study involved the treatment of glioblastoma - the most aggressive form of brain cancer - in four patients. Patients with glioblastoma usually need surgery to remove the tumour, after which they are given chemotherapy drugs to destroy any remaining cancerous cells. The blood-brain barrier becomes leaky when a tumour is present, so a small amount of the drugs are able to enter the brain."

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142310-26380.html

With all the discussion of the woman choosing a date to die d/t glioblastoma. I thought this might be an interesting article to post.

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PamsaRN has 9 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Critical care.

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There are a few drugs like mannitol that cross the blood / brain barrier. It's used in Avonex, Rebif, and Copaxone to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and in ICU units on brain injury pts just to name a few. :)

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subee has 48 years experience as a MSN, CRNA and specializes in CRNA, Finally retired.

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And all this time I thought the blood-brain barrier was a green or blue sheet:)

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