Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding, Treatments

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is promoting efforts he says should be taken to reduce the incidents of stroke and treat those afflicted by the illness.

The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in January 2012, met Wednesday with Chicago-area stroke researchers. He emphasized the importance of funding National Institutes of Health research.

The NIH has implemented a new stroke research network in response to the lack of centralization and efficiency in previous stroke research efforts. Before 2013, stroke research would often take over 10 years per study and would exceed its budget. The new regionalized model lowers the cost of research and promotes more timely trial results.

Kirk went through months of physical and speech rehabilitation after his stroke and returned to work in Washington a year later.

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