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Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke. It's the country's third-leading cause of death, and a primary cause of severe, long-term disability—the damage it does to the brain is largely irreparable. But a study published online yesterday in the journal Nature describes a newly discovered neural signaling system that, when targeted therapeutically, led to previously impossible levels of post-stroke repair and recovery in mice.

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