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A University of Montana researcher thinks he might be on to a big breakthrough when it comes to brain injuries and strokes. He's studying methamphetamine and how it affects healing in the brain.

Dave Poulsen, a research assistant professor hasn't been spending much time in the lab recently, but that changed when his research partner stumbled onto something big.

Poulsen says "We intended to start out to look at the neurotoxic effects or potential damaging effects of methamphetamine particularly as it related to stroke."

What they found shocked them. A small dose of methamphetamine can treat and even reverse damage from brain injuries. The research even shows low doses can help prevent brain damage from strokes.

Now he's getting some help from the U.S. Government. The Department of Defense gave the UM researcher $1.5 million to study the effects of low doses of methamphetamine when treating traumatic brain injuries. Poulsen says the money will be used to help find the optimal dose and determine how long after injury treatment would still be effective.
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