A global team of researchers led by Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, of USC’s Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, has revealed that areas of age-related damage in the brain relate to motor outcomes after a stroke — a phenomenon that may be under-recognized in stroke research. The study was published online on May 3, 2024, in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The findings indicate that a major factor could be white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) — areas of age-related damage in the brain’s white matter, which represent vascular dysfunction and are known to impact cognitive functions.

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