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Stroke Recovery Improved by Sensory Deprivation, Mouse Study Shows

Mice that had experienced strokes were more likely to recover the ability to use a front paw if their whiskers were clipped following a stroke. Trimming the whiskers deprives an area of the mouse's brain from receiving sensory signals from the animals' whiskers. And it leaves that area of the brain more plastic - or receptive to rewiring to take on new tasks.
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