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Hibernation Study Could Help Stroke Victims

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Hibernation Study Could Help Stroke Victims

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Hibernation Study Could Help Stroke Victims

Hibernation Study Could Help Stroke Victims

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Winter is well on its way to the Northern Hemisphere, and many animals are getting ready for "the big sleep."

Researchers studying how the brain cells of squirrels shut down almost completely during hibernation report they have figured out how this mechanism works.

Understanding how to replicate squirrel hibernation may prevent brain damage in people who have had a stroke.